Eligible homeowners and landlords in the Tufts Cove area of north Dartmouth are getting help to fix the exterior of their homes and spruce up their neighbourhood. Spruce Up Tufts Cove is part of the Neighbourhood Improvement Initiative, a program designed to help revitalize older neighborhoods. It helps residents improve the condition, appearance and safety of housing in the area through a non-repayable grant. Similar initiatives have been rolled out in Amherst, Truro, Yarmouth and Glace Bay. “Healthy and vibrant communities are directly linked to people’s overall health and well-being,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia. “This program aligns nicely with other community efforts to improve the lives of our residents.” Homeowners in the area bordered by Victoria Road, Albro Lake Road (south side only), below and above Windmill Road and Fernhill Drive may be eligible for grants of up to $3,000 for exterior projects such as repairs, fencing and landscaping. Landlords owning rental residential property can also receive a one-time grant of up to $2,000 per unit, or up to $1,500 per bed-unit, to a maximum grant of $5,000 for the property. Landlords are required to match the cost of the grant. To be eligible, homeowners must have a total household income of $76,193 or less. Local homeowners and landlords will receive an invitation to attend an information session during the week of May 8. Applications will be available at that time. The deadline to apply for a grant is June 30.