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Community Park Funding Program

Grants to Colchester County, Nova Scotia
Nonprofits to Improve Recreational Facilities

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Municipality of Colchester

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Grants of up to $40,000 to Colchester County Nova Scotia nonprofit community organizations for capital projects involving outdoor recreation facilities for public use. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Eligible projects may include playgrounds, parks, multi-purpose courts, playing fields, and outdoor rinks.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
-Demonstrated community need for the facility;
-Demonstrated community support;
-Community benefits and impacts;
-Ability of the applicant to maintain the facility/equipment to ensure long term sustainability;
-Demonstrated need for financial assistance;
-Ability of the applicant to complete the project within the timeline indicated;
-Extent to which the project provides a safe environment;
-Degree of public access to the facility.

Priority will be given to projects that are accessible to people with disabilities and that are designed to benefit children and youth.

The Municipality’s role under this program is funding of the capital project. The applicant will be responsible for the purchase, installation and ongoing maintenance of the equipment/facility. The Municipality may, at its discretion, play a greater role in projects located on County-owned land.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179251

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Municipality may support eligible projects by contributing up to 50% of the total capital cost of the project, up to a maximum of $40,000. Any request exceeding $40,000 will be reviewed and decision made by Council on a case to case basis.

Term of Contract:

The Municipality may consider funding a phased project under this policy, up to a maximum of a three-year period. Upon approval of funding for any large project, the Municipality reserves the right to provide the funding over a three-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Not-for-profit, community organizations or groups (incorporated or informal) are eligible to apply.

Projects must be capital projects, i.e., new equipment and facilities, and/or upgrades or replacement of equipment and facilities. Eligible types of community outdoor recreation facilities include parks, playgrounds, playing fields, multi-purpose courts, outdoor rinks, and school sites, with emphasis on public access.

Eligible projects must be located within the Municipality of Colchester boundary. The Municipality may support eligible projects located outside the Municipality of Colchester boundary; any funding request for an eligible project located outside the Municipality of Colchester boundary will be reviewed and decision made by Council on a case to case basis.

Playground equipment and components that fall within the scope of the CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z614 “Children’s Playspaces and Equipment” must be compliant with the requirements of that Standard.

Pre-Application Information:

Cost sharing is required. Applicants may use in-kind contributions (e.g., donations of labour, materials and equipment) and cash contributions, including grants from other sources, as part of their contribution. The applicant’s total cash contribution to the project must be at least 50% of the funding requested from the Municipality.

Prior to submitting an application, please contact the Parks and Trails Coordinator, Municipality of Colchester to discuss your project.

Next deadlines: February 23, 2018 and September 14, 2018

Contact Information:

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

Hilary Paquet, Parks and Trails Coordinator
Fax: 902-843-4065

Municipality of the County of Colchester
1 Church Street
Truro, N.S.
B2N 3Z5

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Colchester County

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Canada: Nova Scotia