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Investing in Nova Scotians Oped

first_imgCommunity Services’ programs serve the most vulnerable Nova Scotians, many with broad and complex needs. This work wouldn’t be possible without the supports and services also delivered daily by community-run groups across the province. Community Services is proud to fund the great work delivered by hundreds of community organizations that align with the department’s emphasis on at-risk children and youth, families, and persons with disabilities. Significant investments have been made this year through grants to community organizations, many of which have struggled with funding concerns for years. Grants like these are part of the way we help support more than 150,000 Nova Scotians every year. These groups help sustain healthy communities and their work matters. And if it matters, you measure it. Going forward, we are putting processes in place to ensure we make strategic investments that continue to meet our priorities, and still allow us to be flexible and innovative. Quite simply, the department and community organizations will now be accountable to each other and, more importantly, to the people we collectively serve throughout the province. A better grant process for organizations will include service agreements for all groups that make expectations clear and provide better accountability. And, where it makes sense, we will put in place multi-year funding arrangements, beginning with several that will start this year. This will improve stability and help groups do longer-term planning. The result will be a system that’s easier to navigate, transparent and accountable while giving people the help they need when they need it. It will also mean these services will be there for the people who need them for years to come. -30-last_img

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