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Grants to Nova Scotia Community Nonprofits to Build and Maintain Recreational Trails

Community Trail Funding Program


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Funding Source
Municipality of Colchester
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Geographic Focus
Canada: Nova Scotia: Colchester County;

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/26/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Nova Scotia nonprofit community organizations in eligible locations for the maintenance, construction, promotion, and planning of recreational trails for public use. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Requests may be submitted for both maintenance projects and capital projects. Eligible projects must be located in Colchester County.


  • For maintenance projects, eligible project costs include labour, materials, expenses, and minor and major repairs to keep the trail operational.
  • For capital projects, eligible project costs include trail planning, new trail construction, trail promotional products (such as brochures, maps, and signs), and upgrading and replacement of trail facilities.

Projects must follow the guidelines in the manual "Developing Recreation Trails In Nova Scotia: Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance, and Management". A link can be found in the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below. 

Priority will be given to projects which are most consistent with the vision, principles, and goals of the Trail Strategy for Colchester County. 

For details, see page 3 of the Guidelines document below.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are incorporated, nonprofit, community organizations with a mandate that includes the development and maintenance of a recreational trail for public use.

Applicants must have general liability insurance coverage for existing trails for which funding is being requested.

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: January 26, 2024

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

An organization may apply for both maintenance funding and capital funding in a given year, but must submit separate applications.

The Municipality will contribute up to 50% of the total cost of approved projects. Applicants may use in-kind contributions, donations (labor, materials, equipment), as well as cash contributions and grants from other sources for their contribution.

Estimated Size of Grant
The Municipality will contribute up to 50% of the total cost of approved projects. Funding will be awarded based on the number of requests meeting pre-determined criteria and the amount of funding available.

Term of Contract
The Municipality may consider funding a phased capital project under this policy, up to a three year period.

Contact Information
Prior to submitting an application, contact:
Hilary Paquet
Parks and Trails Coordinator
Phone: 902-897-3180

Please submit application to:
Hilary Paquet, Parks and Trails Coordinator
Municipality of the County of Colchester
1 Church Street
Truro, N.S. B2N 3Z5

For more information
Phone: 902-897-3180

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