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Recreation Grant Program

Grants and In-Kind Support to West Hants, Nova Scotia
Nonprofits and Groups for Recreational Programs

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Municipality of the District of West Hants (MWH), Parks and Recreation Department

Deadline Date:

02/23/18 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants and in-kind support to West Hants, Nova Scotia nonprofit organizations, clubs, and cultural groups to support recreational projects, programs, and activities for the benefit of local residents. Funding may be requested for capital support, program support, special events, and leadership development. Applicants may also request in-kind grants in support of recreational activities.

Recreation services in the Municipality of the District of West Hants have been determined to be delivered best to the community by the community. Council’s primary role is an enabling, facilitative one, meant to develop and coordinate the infrastructure necessary to the provision of recreation.

The Municipality of the District of West Hants has chosen to provide grants to those organizations which are permitted to be grant recipients pursuant to MGA s.65 (au) and which provide services/programs that compliment or enhance recreation services/programs provided by the municipality.

Therefore, the Council elects to support a variety of community recreational opportunities.

The Municipality of the District of West Hants recognizes that the community sport and recreation programs, events, and facilities contribute to the quality and diversity of community life for citizens and visitors. They heighten awareness and appreciation of diversity, creativity, freedom of expression, and community harmony.

The Recreation Grant Program is designed to support building the capacity of the voluntary sector by providing financial support to assist community volunteer organizations with the creation and expansion of recreation programs, events and facilities within the Municipality of the District of West Hants.

Types of Grants:

Capital Grants:

Type 1 - Assistance provided for recreation groups and/or organizations to build, erect, or maintain recreation halls of facilities. The facility shall be owned or leased by the applicant.

Type 2 - Assistance provided to recreation groups for the purchase of equipment and program aids. Priority will not be given to buying recreation equipment that individuals or groups can be reasonably expected to buy for themselves.

Program Grant:

Assistance provided to groups interested in the creation, expansion and improvement of recreational opportunities in their communities.

Special Event:

Grants used to aid groups in holding or sponsoring a special event within the municipal area which will involve municipal residents in participatory as well as organizational roles.


Grants available for recreation groups:
1. Seeking help to provide supervision and leadership to implement a program.
2. Wishing to have representatives attend leadership training that will improve the function of the group or the quality of leadership.

Municipal In-Kind Contribution:

This grant is for requests of municipal in-kind services such as free rentals for municipally owned community parks and facilities or for staff time for set up or payment for use of municipal equipment, such as transport of picnic tables or the rental of equipment etc.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
-Demonstrated on-going community support
-Plans to ensure long-term sustainability;
-The ability of the organization to complete the project within the timeline indicated;
-Demonstrated need for financial assistance.

Priority will be given to projects which are most consistent with the Municipality of West Hants integrated Community Sustainability Plan (March 2010), Municipality of the Districts of West Hants Active Living Strategy 2013 - 2016, Trails Plan (November 2013), Active Transportation Plan (April 2015).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167399

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Capital Grants: $1,500 Maximum
-Program Grant: $750 Maximum
-Special Event: $750 Maximum
-Leadership: $750 Maximum
-Municipal In-Kind Contribution: The value of the in-kind contribution must be less than $1,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any nonprofit, volunteer organization, club, cultural group etc. which encourages recreation programs, projects, or activities within a given community for the benefit of residents of the Municipality of West Hants may apply.

Please note that Capital Grants will only be considered for facilities that are located within the Municipality of the District of West Hants.

Groups registered as a Limited Company are not eligible for funding under this program.

Groups applying for capital grants must have title or lease to the land of facility in question (5 year minimum).

Pre-Application Information:

Groups applying for capital grants must be financially capable of providing 2/3 of the cost (cash, in-kind labor, or volunteer fund raising).

Please note that applicants requesting Municipal In-Kind Contributions must use a separate application form.

The deadline to receive applications is Friday, February 23, 2018 at 4:00 PM.

Contact Information:

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

West Hants Parks and Recreation Department
c/o Kathy Kehoe, P.O. Box 3000
Windsor, NS

P: (902) 798-6938
F: (902) 798-8553

Grant Coverage Areas:

Municipality of the District of West Hants

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Nova Scotia