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Recreation Facility Development (RFD) Grant

Grants to Novia Scotia Municipalities and Nonprofits for the
Development of Facilities for Physical Recreation and Sports

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Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH)

Deadline Date:

02/05/18 4:30 PM


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Grants to Novia Scotia municipalities, community groups, and nonprofit organizations to establish facilities to increase community engagement and participation in physical recreation and sports. Applicants can also be a university, school board, or First Nations council. The facility must be open to all members of the public at reasonable times and at reasonable rates and times of operations.

Funds may be used for any facilities that support physical recreation and sport, including:
- Recreation centers and halls, pools, arenas, athletic fields, parks and playgrounds and trails.
- Enhanced schools for community use.
- Community centers and other facilities that promote active living.

Contribution Guidelines:
- Capital conservation work involving repair and/or replacement needs of any major components directly related to a facility’s structural or operational integrity are eligible.
- Large, permanent furnishings and equipment (e.g. ice re-surfacer, trail groomer, soccer goals) integral to the functioning/operation of a facility are eligible for RFD funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182397

Estimated Size of Grant:

Projects approved for funding are eligible to receive up to one-third of the total capital cost of the project to a maximum of $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within the indicated fiscal year(s) specified in the Minister’s letter of commitment. Funding begins on April 1 of the current fiscal year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Public organizations incorporated as a “not-for- profit” entity under the Societies Act of Nova
Scotia or other organizations deemed equivalent by the Province are eligible.
- Applicants can also be a municipality, school board, First Nations council or university.

- The purchase of consumable, non-fixed furnishings and equipment that can be worn, pushed or carried are not eligible under the RFD Program.
- Maintenance costs (regular or preventative maintenance) undertaken to keep a facility and its equipment in proper working condition or repair of normal wear to components are not eligible under the RFD Program.
- The cost of land purchase is not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

A completed RFD application form, signed by two officers of the association, must be submitted to the Regional Manager by 4:30 PM on or before Monday, February 5, 2018 to be considered for funding in the current fiscal year starting on April 1. In the case of community-school enhancements, where the timing of the Department of Education projects are not within the control of the applicant, applications can be submitted at any time during the year.

Groups will be informed of the status of their application following the approval of the Provincial Budget.

The Regional Office will provide a Terms and Conditions of Grant agreement form to each successful applicant. This form must be completed and returned to the Regional Office prior to the payment of the initial grant installment.

Funding received from other provincial government departments can affect the amount of the grant awarded by Communities, Culture and Heritage. For universities & First Nations, the total provincial government funding for a project cannot exceed one half (1/2) of the project’s total cost. For school boards, municipalities & not for profits, provincial government funding cannot exceed three quarters (3/4) of the project’s total cost.

If an applicant requests between $100,000 and $150,000 in RFD funding, a needs assessment and feasibility study may be required. Funding to support needs assessment and feasibility studies may be available through the Planning Assistance Program.

Only project expenses incurred after the applicant has opened a file with their Regional Manager are eligible for reimbursement. Applicants should note that this confirmation is not a guarantee that a project grant will be forthcoming the following year.

Contact Information:

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

For more information contact the representative in your region.

Cape Breton Region (Cape Breton Island): 
Larry Maxwell
(902) 563-2380

Central Region (Halifax Regional Municipality):
Carol Davis-Jamieson
(902) 424-6608

Fundy Region (Municipality of East Hants, Cumberland County, Colchester County):
Peter McCracken
(902) 893-6215

Highland Region: (Guysborough County, Antigonish County, Pictou County):
Rae Gunn
(902) 863-7380

South Shore Region (Counties of Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens, Lunenburg and District of Argyle):
Debby Smith
(902) 634-7505

Valley Region: (Municipalities of Hants West and Clare, Counties of Digby, Annapolis and Kings):
Meg Cuming
(902) 679-4390

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Canada: Nova Scotia