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to Improve Public Recreational Facilities

Community Park Funding Program

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Municipality of Colchester

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Grants of up to $40,000 to Nova Scotia nonprofit community organizations in eligible areas for capital projects involving outdoor recreational facilities for public use. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Eligible projects include playgrounds, parks, multi-purpose courts, playing fields, school sites, and outdoor rinks. Projects must take place in Colchester County.

Projects must be capital projects, i.e., new equipment and facilities, and/or upgrades or replacement of equipment and facilities. 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.

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.

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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.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

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

Application Deadlines:
- February 25, 2022
- September 15, 2022

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.

Projects that are not funded that fiscal year are eligible to re-apply the following year.

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

Submit applications to (and for more information):

Hilary Paquet, Parks and Trails Coordinator
Municipality of the County of Colchester
1 Church Street, Truro, N.S. B2N 3Z5
Fax: 902-843-4065 E-mail:

Recreation Office
Municipality of Colchester
1 Church St
Truro, NS B2N 3Z5

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