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Grants and in-kind support to Nova Scotia organizations, clubs, charities, and cultural groups for a wide range of activities that benefit local communities in eligible regions. Funding is intended for the focus areas of public safety, youth development, senior support and services, provincial events, and heritage and culture. Programs must benefit residents of West Hants.

Eligible requests:
  • Operating grant  - For not-for-profit community groups to assist with general operating expenses, including administrative costs and program-related expenses.
  • Community Capital Project grant  -To provide assistance for the expansion or improvement of an indoor or outdoor cultural, social, heritage and recreation facilities and/or equipment for projects under $2,500. Funding will not be granted to purchasing recreation equipment that the Municipality can reasonably expect individuals or groups to buy for themselves.
  • Public Safety grant - Grants under this category are for non-profit organizations registered with the Municipality that provided or ensure public or community safety.
  • Community Recreation Program grant - Recurring community recreation programs which Council has determined provide significant benefit to the broad community and are open to all members of the public. Assistance provided to groups interested in the creation, expansion and improvement or recreational opportunities in their communities.
  • Community Event grant  - Community Events that are of a cultural, social or recreational significance to the community.
  • Special Events Operations & Promotion grant - To provide assistance for special events operations and promotions that will see participants and spectators attend from outside the West Hants Regional Municipality. This funding will support events that foster good community relations, support culture, develop the local economy and tourism industry and enrich the quality of life for residents and visitors.
  • Leadership grant - Grants available for recreation groups seeking help to provide supervision and leadership to implement a program and/or wanting to have representatives attend leadership training that will improve the function of the group or the quality of leadership.
  • Sponsorship Advertising/Donation of Prizes Requests - Grants will only be awarded to the extent the current fiscal budget permits; To provide assistance for advertising to local not-for-profit organizations for projects, events or initiatives that benefit residents and are within the mandate of the Municipality
  • Youth Travel Assistance - The Youth Travel Assistance Grant Program applies to residents of the West Hants Regional Municipality, 22 years of age or under, involved in non-profit minor sports or cultural activities, who have qualified to compete in sport championships/cultural events.
  • Community Trail Funding Program  - The trail funding program supports community organizations in the maintenance and development of trails for public use. Please refer to the Trail Funding Guidelines for additional information.
  • Major Capital Project grant - To provide assistance for the expansion or improvement of indoor or outdoor cultural, social, heritage and recreation facilities and/or equipment for capital projects. 
  • In-kind Contributions - The provision of Municipal property/facilities, materials or resources to support a service, program, project or event. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167399

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Operating grant - Maximum contribution $1,500
- Community Capital Project grant - Maximum contribution $2,500
- Public Safety grant - Maximum contribution $7,500
- Community Recreation Program grant – Maximum contribution $1,000
- Community Event grant – Maximum contribution $1,000
- Special Events Operations & Promotion grant – Maximum contribution $5,000
- Leadership grant – Maximum contribution $1,000
- Sponsorship Advertising/Donation of Prizes Requests – Maximum contribution per organization per year $100
- Youth Travel Assistance – Individuals or teams will be eligible for up to the following amounts, based on the location of the competition they are attending:
• Nova Scotia/New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island
Up to $75 individual / $300 per team
• Newfoundland/Quebec/Ontario/ U.S. Eastern Time Zone
Up to $150 individual / $400 per team
• Manitoba/ Saskatchewan/Alberta/ British Columbia/ All other U.S.
Up to $200 individual/$500 per team
• Yukon/Northwest Territories/Nunavut/ Other International
Up to $250 individual/ $750 per team
- Community Trail Funding Program – Maximum contribution $2,500
- Major Capital Project grant:
• Community Energy Systems - $2,500 limit
• Cultural Infrastructure - $5,000 limit
• Tourism Infrastructure - $5,000 limit
• Recreational Infrastructure - $5,000 limit
• Broadband Connectivity - $5,000 limit
• Trails - $2,500 limit

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Pursuant to Section 65 of the Municipal Government Act, grants or contributions may be expended where required by the Municipality to:
- A society within the meaning of the Children and Family Services Act,
- A mental health clinic in receipt of financial assistance from the Province,
- An exhibition held by an educational institution in the Municipality,
- A club, association or exhibition within the meaning of the Agriculture and Marketing Act,
- Any charitable, nursing, medical, athletic, educational, environmental, cultural, community, fraternal, recreational, religious, sporting or social organization within the Province
- A daycare licensed under the Day Care Act,
- A registered Canadian charitable organization,
- A volunteer fire and emergency services provider, as defined in Municipal Government Act, who are registered with the Municipality.

For eligibility information for Youth Travel Assistance Grants, see:

For eligibility information for Community Trail Funding Program Grants, see:

Heritage designated properties within the boundaries of the West Hants Regional Municipality may be eligible for municipal grants and contributions not included within this policy.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is February 11, 2022.

There can only be a maximum of two applications per organization per fiscal year.

Contact Information:

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

Grants and Contributions application:

Youth Travel Assistance Program application:

Sponsorship Advertising/Donation of Prizes application:

For more information, please call 902-798-8391 ext. 124.

West Hants Regional Municipality
76 Morison Dr., P.O. Box 3000
Windsor, NS B0N 2T0
Phone: 902-798-8391; Fax 902-798-8553

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