Women in Local Government Bursary Program

Background

The Women in Local Government Bursary Program began in 2008 as a way to provide financial assistance to women employed in municipal government who wish to pursue further training and educational opportunities. The bursary provides enhanced career opportunities for women employed in the municipal sector and assists municipalities with succession planning. Since its inception, the program has awarded bursaries to 23 recipients from 15 municipalities totaling approximately $53,000.

Bursary Program funding was made possible through generous contributions from the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, Association of Municipal Administrators, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and 32 of 54 municipalities.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Bursary Program are to:

    • Assist women in municipal government to pursue education and training to enhance career opportunities
    • Encourage women to enter non-traditional municipal fields
    • Assist individual municipalities with succession planning while addressing specific labour shortages
    • Build capacity in the municipal labour force across the province.

Bursary recipients are encouraged to continue employment within a Nova Scotia municipality beyond completion of their program equivalent to the duration of training (i.e. two years of continued employment for a two-year program).

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the Women in Local Government Bursary Program, an applicant must:

    • Be a female
    • Be a current full-time or part-time permanent employee of a Nova Scotia municipality.

What education and training qualifies for the bursary?

Bursaries are conditional upon proof of acceptance (where possible) into a program of study. The Committee gives preference to applicants entering programs of study leading to a diploma, degree or professional accreditation.  Candidates must outline in their cover letter how their program of study meets one or more of the program objectives outlined above.

How do I apply?

To apply for a Women in Local Government Bursary you must complete the following:

  1. The bursary application
  2. A cover letter included with the application outlining:
    • Why you are applying for the bursary
    • Your career goals
    • How the bursary will meet one or more of the program objectives
  3. A "form of acknowledgement" completed and signed by your CAO (or equivalent) or Director of Finance
  4. A professional letter of recommendation completed and signed by your CAO (or equivalent) or Immediate Supervisor.

 

You may submit your application via email, fax or regular mail to:

Women in Local Government Bursary Evaluation Committee
c/o Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Suite 1106, 1809 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 3K8
Fax: (902) 425-5592
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All applications must be received by the UNSM office on or before July 31 of each year. Applications will be reviewed by the Women in Local Government Bursary Selection Committee by early September of each year. Selection of successful applicants will be based on pre-determined criteria.

To download a printable PDF application click here (708 kB).

For more information contact:

Lyle Goldberg, Policy Analyst
Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Tel:  (902) 423-8673
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