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Happy Hour!

“At the Department of Community Services, we’re working to prevent or interrupt the cycle of poverty so Nova Scotians can continue to build the kind of lives they want for decades to come,” said Kelly Regan, Minister of Community Services.  “These grants allow organizations to design innovative approaches to reduce poverty and help families create better futures.”

“These grants strengthen community programs and the non-profit sector that help Nova Scotians struggling to make ends meet,” said Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “These programs can change people’s lives and make our province a safer, more caring place to live.”

WHEN: Third Thursday of every month except in June, July, or August (check the calendar for updated details)

VENUE: Each month a different member is welcome to host. Please contact if you would like to host a Happy Hour.

Activities of FRABA are presented by the Board, following which there is an opportunity for members to introduce themselves.

Our meetings include presentations by invited speakers and members. Speakers are nominated based on topics considered to be of interest to business owners.


Members are invited to present an overview of their business at our general meetings. Presentations are usually restricted to 10 minutes.


If you would like to nominate a speaker or present your business at a meeting, please contact a member of the executive.

FRABA is proud to offer two scholarships to students in the Fall River Area made possible thanks to the volunteers of FRABA and our many supporters. 

Students who are planning a post-secondary education and live in the Fall River Area (Fall River, Waverley, Lakeview, Windsor Junction, Grand Lake, Fletchers Lake, Wellington, Oakfield) can apply for one of the two $1000 FRABA Scholarships.

Each scholarship will be applied to the tuition of the entry year of post-secondary education and broken down as follows:

One $1000 scholarship for a University Degree Program

One $1000 scholarship for a Trade School

Your submission must include an Essay (one page):

Explain in an essay why you should be considered for this scholarship from the Fall River Area Business Association and what makes you different from other applicants who have applied.

You may want to include:

  • why you are choosing your career path

  • future plans

  • your involvement in the community

  • extra-curricular activities

Please note: This essay should not be more than one typewritten page. It should be in a 12-point Arial font.

Complete the application form below, and include your  transcript, two letters of recommendation (one personal, one academic), essay and letter of acceptance from your post secondary educational program. Please ensure everything included as attachments in ONE email and forward to:

When is the Deadline?

In order for your application to be considered it must be complete; which means all letters of recommendation and transcripts must be received by the ANNUAL application deadline of May 31st at 4:00 pm.

Building Vibrant Communities Grants

Community groups that deliver, strengthen or expand programs that help Nova Scotians living on low incomes can now apply for a Building Vibrant Communities grant.

Programs may include those that address workforce attachment, housing, mental health and addictions, food security, youth transition to adulthood or transportation.

Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, Mi’kmaw communities, registered charities, municipalities and social enterprises.

Funding is available for up to $50,000 per project. Total funding of $792,000 is available for the Building Vibrant Communities grants in 2020-21.

“Guysborough County has one of the oldest populations in Nova Scotia, with 50 per cent of our residents over the age of 55. Having access to nutritious food is fundamental to overall health and well-being – this can be challenging for older adults for many reasons, particularly now. Programs like this support older adults who have financial concerns, may be isolated, have difficulty getting to a grocery store due to health or transportation challenges, or are experiencing other barriers to food access.”

– Shaunna Scott, Mulgrave and Area Wellness Hub

“Funding through the Building Vibrant Communities grant has been instrumental as LOVE extends and deepens our individualized Succeed and Proceed services to youth living in HRM, Sipekne’katik and Membertou. LOVE works with youth long term, and in our experience older youth (18-30) are looking for one-on-one support around employment, life skills, education, problem-solving, and becoming equipped with the tools they require to transition into adulthood, independence and to reach their goals. Being able to respond to youth’s needs in a flexible way, 24/7, has been especially crucial to LOVE during COVID-19.”

– Dennis Adams, Executive Director, LOVE Nova Scotia

Quick Facts:

  • The Building Vibrant Communities grant is part of the province’s $20 million, five-year investment in the creation of a Poverty Reduction Blueprint

  • This is the fourth year of the grant program, which is part of government’s multi-year poverty reduction commitment

  • Last year, 38 projects were funded through these grants


Additional Resources:

The application, program guidelines, list of promising practices and previous grant recipients are available at

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