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Capital Grants - District Recreation Funds (DRF)

Grants to East Hants, Nova Scotia Nonprofits
to Develop Recreational Facilities

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Municipality of East Hants Department of Recreation and Culture

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Grants to East Hants, Nova Scotia nonprofit groups and organizations to enhance indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities for local residents. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. This program encourages the development of programs, infrastructure, and activities that foster active and healthy lifestyles.

Once a year District Recreation Funds are distributed through the Parks, Recreation & Culture Department for the purpose of increasing community initiatives to provide recreational facilities, to maintain equity when dispersing public recreation funds and to increase/improve the quality and number of community recreation facilities in East Hants.

Program Objectives:
1. To increase community initiative to provide recreational facilities.
2. To maintain equity when dispersing public recreation funds.
3. To increase/improve the quality and number of community recreation facilities in East Hants.
4. To further support the vision of the current Council approved Recreation and Culture Strategic Plan

Applicants may apply for projects under the following categories. Ice facility, parks and open space, trails, playgrounds, outdoor sport field/facility (including skateboard parks), community halls or recreation centers, parks, grounds related maintenance, aquatics facilities, lifecycle analysis, needs assessments, and insurance costs that exceed 25% of the applicant’s annual operating budget.

Municipal Council places priority on projects that provide opportunities for:
a. All residents to have an active and healthy lifestyle
b. Community development/social interaction and building stronger more cohesive communities c. Residents to have enjoyable, rewarding leisure time activities
d. Positive personal growth and development (building resiliency, self-esteem and confidence)

Groups applying for playground apparatus must ensure equipment under consideration meets all CSA standards, including ground preparation.

Groups applying for trails development must ensure trails are built and maintained to Nova Scotia Trail Federation standards.

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GrantWatch ID#: 140374

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

A. Groups must be incorporated (i.e. Under the Societies Act).

B. Groups must have title or at least a 7 year lease to the property to which they wish to apply funds, be able to demonstrate precedent in using the property in question for recreational purposes and demonstrate no threat exists to that arrangement. (The Municipality bears no responsibility for the legitimacy of deeds or leases submitted for the purpose of this application).

C. Groups operating community halls and church halls are eligible to apply as long as they are used for activities of a recreational nature and accessible to the general public. Religious sanctuaries (without halls or public meeting place) are not eligible.

D. Priority will be given to groups who are not in contravention of the principles of Healthy Active living as per the Department of Health and Wellness focus areas: healthy eating, food security, active living, tobacco reduction, injury control and healthy environments, sexual health education and chronic disease prevention.

E. Schools Advisory Council’s are not eligible to apply. Home and School, Parent Teacher Association or a Community Group developing facilities on a school property may apply, as long as they have a letter from the school board that:
-Acknowledges municipal funding for school improvements.
-Gives permission to place recreational structures on school property.
-Acknowledges the community use of this site (in so far as it does not interrupt school schedules).
-Acknowledges the Boards ownership of and responsibility for any funded equipment, agrees not to remove any equipment funded by the program to another school, or until such time as the equipment is no longer needed or appropriate to that school. At that time it is to be offered to the host community for removal to another location of the community’s choice.

Pre-Application Information:

The total amount requested should not exceed 50% of the project’s cost or 50% of the District’s available funds.

The deadline to apply is January 31st.

Please contact the Parks, Recreation & Culture Department to discuss your project prior to submitting your application.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Municipality of East Hants
Department of Recreation and Culture
230-15 Commerce Crt.
Elmsdale, NS, B2S 3K5

Phone: (902) 883-2299
Toll Free: 1-866-758-2299

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Municipality of East Hants

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Canada: Nova Scotia