Thinker's Lodge Climate Change Retreat
Youth Photo Project  
A Youth Photo Project - My Cumberland
Congratulations to Robynn Hatton, the winner of our earlybird draw for the Summer Fun Package!

Don't forget to show us what you love or would like to change about Cumberland County by submitting your photos and contact info here: . Enter by August 31st for your chance to win a Kayaking Trip for 2.
For more information about the youth photo project, please email Maggie Pitts or follow the link to  Learn More
Cumberland County Makes History
New Permitting & Inspection Officer
We are thrilled and extremely proud to announce that the Municipality of Cumberland has hired its' very first female Permitting & Inspection Officer! Following a number of years being the "face" of Permitting and Inspection Services, Melissa Siddall was the successful candidate within the internal recruitment process and will begin working toward her full certification within this role. 

Low Income Tax Exemption  
Low Income Tax Exemption
The Municipality's Low Income Tax Exemption applications are now available. The Low Income Tax Exemption provides assistance to homeowners to help pay their residential property taxes. Qualified applicants will receive a credit which is applied directly to the tax account.

Application forms are available on our website or may be obtained by calling or visiting one of our services centres located in Upper Nappan, Springhill or Parrsboro.
Grants to Organizations Report 2016/2017 
Grants to Organizations Report 2016/17
Cumberland County Council reviews many requests for funding every year. These grant requests come from the non-profit community and they are recreational, sporting, cultural, educational, and social organizations that provide benefits to the residents and communities within the Municipality. 

The final report can be found at the link below under "grant expenditures"

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Councillors' Corner
Advocate Harbour Annual Bazaar - August 12th 
Deputy Warden Fletcher would like to remind all of the upcoming Advocate Harbour Annual Bazaar on Saturday, August 12th. The Annual Bazaar kicks off with a parade and is followed by food, auction, games, and music in the evening. Come out for a day of fun and meet old friends!
37th Annual Tidnish Festival
Councillor van Vulpen would like to congratulate the Tidnish Festival Committee on their work to provide yet another fantastic event for Tidnish and area.

Please join them for the 37th Annual Tidnish Festival on August 5th & 6th.

Fun for the whole family! Co-ed softball tournament, bouncy castles and kids activities (no charge!!!), beer tent, bake sale (at community centre), live music during the day both Saturday and Sunday this year! Dance at the hall Saturday evening featuring Freefall, pork chop supper...canteen on site! Invite your friends, bring the family and let's help make this the best festival yet!

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Council Session Dates 
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland Council will not meet  during the month of August. They will reconvene in September on the following dates:

September 6,2017 at approximately 6:00pm
September 20, 2017 at approximately 6:00pm

The September 6th Council Session will be held at the Joggins Fossil Centre and the September 20th session will be held at the E. D. Fullerton Municipal Building in Upper Nappan in Council Chambers. 
Grant Opportunities
Grant Opportunity Listings
Each month we try to provide our community with a list of current funding opportunities available throughout Nova Scotia as well as across Canada. Each grant listed below is provided by a different organization, as evidenced by the accompanying logo and website links.

To specifically view the Municipality of Cumberland County's grant offerings, please visit our Grant Programs page.

If you are interested in learning more about our grants, or if you need some assistance in filling out applications, please contact us.

Parasport Jumpstart Fund
In 2017, the Parasport Jumpstart Fund will support more Parasport programs across the country through a granting style program. The focus still remains on improving access to grassroots participation for children and youth but has expanded to include more opportunities for a variety of sports and programming type. 

Applications must be received by August 11 th, 2017 by 5:00pm PDT.

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Diversity and Community Capacity Fund
Program Goals 
* build the capacity of organizations that represent traditionally marginalized groups; 
* support diversity promotion and social equity activities; and 
* integrate diversity and social equity perspectives and programming within community-based organizations.

Please Note: The program is intended to assist special or one-time projects. The program is not intended to provide on-going operational support. However, activities which enhance or add to on-going or core programs or events are eligible for support.

Funding request can not exceed 75% of eligible costs and normally will not exceed $10,000

Deadline: August 15, 2017
MEC Community Contributions
Through our grants of up to $20,000 MEC supports the community of active outdoor enthusiasts.
MEC's Community Grants program supports organizations that can demonstrate their commitment to at least one, and preferably both, of the following areas:
1. Identify and reduce barriers to outdoor activity and increase the community of active outdoor enthusiasts.
2. Teach responsible outdoor recreation practices and environmental stewardship.
Preference will be given to programs that can deliver on both criteria described. Capacity building may also be considered as part of applications related to the two focus areas.

Deadline: September 10, 2017
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The Champions Fund was created by Dairy Farmers of Canada to empower the female athletic community and provide a resource that can help change the game for Canada's young girls and women athletes.
This year, the Champions Fund will award $5,000 grants to 30 deserving female athletes, teams, or organizations, to help pursue their athletic goals.

The deadline for submissions is noon on September 20th, 2017. This year's 30 grant recipients will be announced on October 20th, 2017. 

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CHB Wellness Fund Grants
Community Health Boards (CHBs) across Nova Scotia are now accepting applications for Wellness Fund Grants.  Wellness Funds are available to support projects that advance community health board priorities and use a population health-based approach in addressing the social determinants of health. 

Funding is intended for new and innovative projects, or enhancements to existing programs that meet an identified community need.

Projects may be funded up to a maximum of $3000.  Requests greater will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Grants may be approved for some or all of the funding requested. 

Deadline: October 15, 2017 at midnight

If you have any questions, please contact our local Community Health Board Coordinator, Colleen Dowe at (902) 397-0376 or at
Housing grants available for residents in Cumberland County
Housing Nova Scotia offers a variety of programs and services for residents throughout Nova Scotia. Their goal is to ensure all Nova Scotians can find a home that's right for them at a price they can afford in a healthy, vibrant community that offers the services, supports and opportunities they need.

Programs include:
Affordable Housing Projects
Financial Assistance and Grant Programs for Homeowners
Housing Programs for Landlords
Housing Programs for Seniors

To find out more information, please visit Housing Nova Scotia.
NS Woodland Owner of the Year 2017
Peter and Pat Spicer became provincial woodland winners this year for their careful stewardship and creative management of their 1,600-acre woodlot in Spencer's Island 

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Nominations Open for Recreation Nova Scotia Awards
The Recreation Nova Scotia (RNS) awards were initiated to pay tribute to those exceptional individuals, organizations, facilities and communities who, through their efforts and skills, made outstanding contributions towards the betterment of the recreation movement in Nova Scotia.

This year, the RNS Awards will take place Thursday, September 28th at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. RNS is currently seeking nominations for all award categories!

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Nova Scotia Pineapple Awards
The Nova Scotia Pineapple Awards are a Celebration of our Pride in Service and a recognition of the individuals who go above and beyond what is expected to enrich a visitor's stay in Nova Scotia.
Any service provider (a guide, driver, host, salesperson, police officer, etc.) who exceeded service expectations of our guests.
Were you "wowed" while visiting Nova Scotia? It could be that you asked your accommodation host for directions and ended up with a personally guided tour. Or a retail person tracked down the outfit you just had to have in your size and favourite colour. Maybe you have a co-worker who consistently shows exemplary service skills to internal and external customers. We want to know the story! Nominate that person for a Pineapple Award and celebrate their dedication to exceeding your expectations.
The awards are given at the annual "Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence" Gala Dinner hosted by TIANS at the Tourism Summit, the Tourism Event of the Year.  

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Happenings in Cumberland County
Springhill - Events & Activities 
The following is a calendar of activities being hosted at the Dr Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in the month of August.
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Mainstage Plays
The Mystery Play
by Josh MacDonald
August 9 - September 3

Monday Night Concert Series
Ryan WilligarAugust 14
Fiddles n' Feet - August 21
Laura Smith - August 28

Second Stage
New Waterford Boy
by Richie Wilcox
August 2 and 3

Kids Stage
Molly and the Oak Island Treasure
Maritime Marionettes
September 27
Jost Vineyards Music Series 2017

Jost Vineyards, 48 Vintage Lane, Malagash NS
Join us for award-winning wines and gourmet food paired with live music on our open-air patio.

Noah Barrett
Saturday, August 5, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Devin Cuddy Band
Saturday, August 12, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Blueberry Festival with Signal Hill
Saturday, August 19, 2017 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Furlong & Smith
Saturday, August 26, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Saturday, September 2, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Nova Scotia Gem & Mineral Show 2017
Friday August 18 to Sunday August 20, 2017
Since 1966, the Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show has been a showcase for geological treasures. With over 30 high quality exhibitors of spectacular gems, mineral, jewelry and metalwork, the Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show is a very popular family event. The gem and mineral displays and specimens for sale, are some of the best in the Maritimes.

A weekend of workshops and geological events:  Demonstrations let you experience what it's like to work with gems and minerals, or shape a metalwork design. Pan for gold and much more!
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Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival 2017
August 18 - September 2, 2017  
From Amherst to Truro, Parrsboro to Tatamagouche, Kempt Shore to Oxford communities throughout central Nova Scotia will celebrate the Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival.  Enjoy a HUGE schedule of events including live music, community picnics, teas, suppers and pancake breakfasts, farmers markets, pie eating and baking contests, quilt fairs, exhibitions, children's activities, U-Picks, processing tours, blueberry wine fest, beer gardens, kitchen parties and more!
2nd Annual Wentworth Show & Shine
As part of the Nova Scotia Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival, events include a car show, locally-made craft market, quilt show & sale, a slip & slide and a blueberry cafe serving all-day breakfast!

This event is a joint fundraiser for three not-for-profit organizations in the community - Wentworth Learning Centre Cooperative, Wentworth Firemen's Recreation Association and the Wentworth Volunteer Fire Department.

Raffle prizes will be drawn throughout the day.

August 20th, 9:00AM - 3:00PM

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Ship's Company Theatre and the Bike Monkey present the Coastal Cruise Bike Tour
"The Coastal Cruise is one of the most challenging bike rides one can do - but it is worth every pedal!"
- Dianne Powell, Chair of the Board of Directors
  • 90 km Parrsboro to Advocate & Return
  • 45 km Parrsboro to Port Greville & Return
  • Start & finish at the Ship's Company Theatre
  • Barbecue on the deck starting at noon

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CJSMA's Solid Waste App!
Never forget your garbage day again!
The Cumberland Central Landfill has made it even easier for residents to stay connected with waste management collection and programs.
Download the free Solid Waste Mobile App by searching for Cumberland County Solid Waste in the App Store. Use your mobile phone to view collection schedules, receive collection reminders and  service alerts for any interruptions to waste collection such as cancellations due to weather. Residents can also sign up online by visiting .
Wondering what goes where? Visit to use the new Waste Wizard and search our  database of over 300 items for disposal options.

CJSMA also provides sorting guides, information about upcoming Household Hazardous Waste events, FAQs, and information about provincial solid waste programs available to residents.

For more information about Solid Waste Collection Schedules and Routes in your community, please visit 
Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority.
Have you Changed your Mailing Address? 
Change of Address Form

To notify the Municipality of a change in your mailing address please fill out our Request for Change of Address form.

Forms can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to our office.

Calling for Submissions for Next Month's Newsletter!
Send us information about your community events and programs!

If you know of an upcoming  program or event in your community that you would like to see included in our municipal monthly newsletters, please contact  Allie MacLean .

Bill Payments

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