Funding – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design


Support for Craft Business in Unama’ki-Cape Breton

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design offers business skills development activities for craft producers, makers, and artists at all career stages in Unama’ki-Cape Breton Island. As a part of our programming, the Centre provides funding to support many activities to grow your business.

This program provides non-repayable financial assistance to support the professional development of creative careers. The Centre is committed to the equitable distribution of available funds among qualified applicants. Businesses owned or operated by Women, Mi’kmaq, IBPoC, 2SLGBTQIA+ and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply and self-identify on their applications. Funding is limited based on availability.

Funding Streams:
  1. I would benefit from a new or upgraded website. We can help with costs associated with revamping your existing website or building a new one – especially if there is a focus on e-commerce.
  2. I want to brand my products with my unique story. We call it Branding & Storytelling; this program is designed to help you develop marketing and promotional materials that support your business and website. Your branding should represent your vision – thoughtful marketing helps convey your message to your customers.
  3. I need assistance with something else. Sometimes you can’t do it all. The Consultancy Servicesprogram helps fund one-on-one assistance from a professional on various services. Think: e-commerce, taxes, exporting, wholesaling, etc. If you’re curious about it let’s find a solution.

Am I eligible?
  • You have a current Maker Membership (formerly called Juried Member) in good standing with Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design.
  • You can provide proof of current registration with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks Companies.
  • You are a craft producer based in Unama’ki-Cape Breton.

*Please review the Program Guidelines file for more detailed explanations of these programs. This document outlines which costs are covered, who is eligible, and the responsibilities of the applicant.

Click here to create your Business Profile for Craftspeople.

Click here to view the Funding Program Guidelines.

CHECKLIST: What did I forget?
  • I have reviewed the Program Guidelines before applying. 
  • I have completed a Business Profile for Craftspeople.
  • Submit Nova Scotia Joint Stocks Registration.
  • Optional but helpful: Hi-resolution images of your work; or illustrative images of the proposed project if appropriate to the application. Max total file size 100MB: can be compiled in a .doc/x/PDF or presentation OR uploaded as individual image files.

If you are interested in any of our programs or would like assistance with forms, please reach out to Vicki Clough 902 539 7491 ext 116 or – she will be happy to help.