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Festivals and Events Program

Festivals & Events can help create vibrant communities and provide an opportunity to showcase our unique culture.

The program was revised to better address the needs of events and to align with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage’s mandate and Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan.   This realignment is part of CCH’s commitment to events. In the coming months, we’ll be developing an event strategy to deliver on a key action of the Culture Action Plan: https://novascotia.ca/culture/.   The objectives of the program are to improve the sustainability and event hosting capacity of unique community events and to support home-grown events that promote or strength the unique character of the community.  Eligible expenses will cover activities like marketing, sponsorship, governance, and capacity building.

To apply please read the Program Guidelines carefully and use the application form below.  To help guide you through the application please refer to the Program Assessment Form that will be used when scoring applications.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact the Program Officer, Angela Dennison at Angela.Dennison@NovaScotia.ca (link sends e-mail) or (902) 424-3876.

Download Program Guidelines

Download Program Application

Download Program Assessment

Connect2

Nova Scotia’s sustainable transportation grant program is now open for 2017-2018

On April 4, the Connect2 sustainable transportation grant program opened for 2017-2018. Expressions of interest, followed by applications for grants, are now being accepted from communities and organizations wishing to have more access to walking and biking paths, ride sharing, and other sustainable transportation options.

Connect2 aims to provide more options to communities to reduce their carbon footprint, and making walking, biking and using sustainable modes of transportation a practical and enjoyable choice throughout Nova Scotia.

Communities, municipalities, and organizations interested in applying for a grant are invited to first submit an expression of interest. A response along with an application form will be provided within 48 hours confirming if your proposal is eligible. The deadline to then submit your completed application is May 5.

Government will provide $600,000 to the program again this year, pending budget approval. Sustainable transportation projects focused on active transportation infrastructure design or build are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $150,000. Projects focusing on public education and engagement, or studies to advance sustainable transportation best practices in Nova Scotia are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $30,000.

For more detailed information and to submit an expression of interest, please visit: www.novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation. Should you have any questions, please contact: Sustainable Transportation Program Coordinator at Connect2@novascotia.ca.

We encourage you to share this information with anyone you feel may benefit from the Connect2 program. And we look forward to hearing about your project.

Sincerely,

NS Department of Energy

 

NS Youth Corps Summer

Clean Foundation is NOW accepting project proposals for the NS Youth Corps Summer 2017 Season from Community Partners. The Youth Corps provides support, mentoring and funding (max. 75% subsidy) to community partners to host full-time students (interns) ages 15 to 30 to work on environmental projects in their community. Interns gain countless transferable skills for life-long learning while making a positive impact in their communities. Since 1989, this program has graduated thousands of skilled, knowledgeable leaders into the green economy.

All interns are paid and work full-time (35 per week). There are three streams to the program:

  1. 15-week Aboriginal Leadership
  2. 15-week Post-Secondary
  3. 9-week High School

Please visit our website for the application guide, form, appendices and general program information. The Application Guide provides a detailed explanation on how to fill out the application and its appendices in their entirety.

Please submit your completed application form and 3 attached appendices ONLINE by midnight January 8th, 2017. * Only fully completed submissions will be accepted *

We have recently launched our new promotional video which you can find here and attached you will find an infographic Snapshot of the 2016 season; another successful summer!

Please feel free to share this information and RFP with your networks.

The deadline to apply is Midnight, January 8th 2017. 

Two important notes:

  1. We are happy to announce that your application can now be submitted online on Clean’s website – found here.
  2. The online and the corresponding downloadable files are found at the above link. These files include: a detailed application guide, Appendix A, B, and C, as well as an exact copy of the application, so that you can prepare your application information prior to filling in the online template.
  3. The preferred method of submission is online via the link above.
  4. Due to the increase of NS Provincial minimum wage effective January 1st 2017 – Youth Corps students’ hourly rate is also increasing for summer 2017 and thus, the 25% Host contribution has increased slightly to reflect these increases. Please review the application guide (to download, click here) for these values.

Please continue to distribution this RFP throughout your networks.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Cheers, Morgan Book

Morgan Book – Coordinator, Youth Corps & Community Programs 

mbook@clean.ns.ca  |  Tel: 902.420.7976  |  clean.ns.ca  |  @CleanFoundation

Clean provides the knowledge, tools and inspiration needed to encourage the individual actions that add up to positive environmental change.

The Rural Seniors Grant Program Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia in collaboration with the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

Is pleased to announce that we will be awarding small grants to selected organizations working with seniors living in Nova Scotia’s rural communities. Online applications will be accepted between 3rd October 2016 and 30thNovember 2016. Please note that eligible projects are required to match the amount of the requested grant, through cash or in-kind contributions (ex. volunteer hours, donated space or equipment, professional services and other) equal to the value of the grant. For more information with regards to the matching requirements and the process of the 3 part online application can be found on the CFC150 web site link HERE.

New 150 Forward Fund

As part of Canada’s 150th celebration, Nova Scotia’s 150 Forward Fund is now open for communities and groups to apply for funding for your community project or event. For more information click HERE

Chronic Disease Innovation Fund

http://novascotia.ca/dhw/primaryhealthcare/chronic-disease-innovation-fund.asp

The Chronic Disease Innovation Fund is a $300,000 annual fund designed to address the root causes of chronic disease.

Community groups, working in partnership with community health boards, will propose projects that will help Nova Scotians live longer and healthier lives. These will include helping people stop smoking and reduce their alcohol consumption; improve exercise levels; helping people eat more fruit and vegetables; and combatting obesity. Up to $75,000 will be available in each health zone of the province.

Read the project guidelines and get a copy of the application form (PDF).

Get a list of community health board contact information (PDF).

Provincial Festival & Events 2016

 

Destination Cape Breton will not be administering the provincial Festival & Events program on behalf of Tourism Nova Scotia this year. The program is being administered through the department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

For details and information on this year’s program, please click here.

The deadline is fast approaching so if you plan on applying, please do so immediately.

Best wishes on your events this year.

DCBA.

Connect2 sustainable transportation grant program

On April 22, the Connect2 sustainable transportation grant program opened for 2016-2017. Expressions of interest, followed by applications for grants, are now being accepted from communities and organizations wishing to build or promote multi-use paths and other sustainable transportation options connecting residents with each other and local hubs.

Communities, municipalities, and organizations interested in applying for a grant are invited to first submit an expression of interest. A response will be provided within 48 hours confirming your project is eligible. The deadline to then submit your completed application is May 31.

Sustainable transportation projects focused on infrastructure design or build are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $150,000. Projects focusing on public education, engagement, social marketing, maps, and online resources are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $30,000.

For more detailed information, and to submit an expression of interest or application, please visit:

www.novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation

Should you have any questions, please contact: Sustainable Transportation Program Administrator at 424-8090 or Connect2@novascotia.ca

Walkabout

 2016 Walkabout Walkability Grant – Happy  Walking

Applications are accepted until 4:30pm April 29, 2016. Please check out the following link:

http://walkaboutns.ca/walkabout-info/walkabout-programs/community/walkability-grants/

Connect2

Nova Scotia’s sustainable transportation grant program is now open for 2016-2017

Government is investing in sustainable transportation as part of Budget 2016-2017.

On April 22, the Connect2 sustainable transportation grant program opened for 2016-2017. Expressions of interest, followed by applications for grants, are now being accepted from communities and organizations wishing to build or promote multi-use paths and other sustainable transportation options connecting residents with each other and local hubs.

Active transportation routes enrich our communities and create more opportunities for healthy, active lifestyles, as well as affordable travel and accessibility.  Connect2 aims to capture these benefits by improving connections in rural and urban communities of all sizes, between key hubs like neighbourhood schools, medical centres and business districts. The program is based on the idea that all trips less than two kilometres to key community destinations could be made using sustainable modes of transportation.

Communities, municipalities, and organizations interested in applying for a grant are invited to first submit an expression of interest. A response will be provided within 48 hours confirming your project is eligible. The deadline to then submit your completed application is May 31.

Sustainable transportation projects focused on infrastructure design or build are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $150,000. Projects focusing on public education, engagement, social marketing, maps, and online resources are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $30,000.

An overview of program criteria is attached for your convenience. For more detailed information, and to submit an expression of interest or application, please visit:

www.novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation . Should you have any questions, please contact: Sustainable Transportation Program Administrator at 424-8090 or Connect2@novascotia.ca

You may also be interested to know other highlights in the 2016-2017 budget related to sustainable transportation include $225,000 for community transportation improvements, marketing efforts, collection of information and analysis, and other transportation initiatives. You can read the News Release here: http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20160422002.

We encourage you to share this information with anyone you feel may benefit from the Connect2 program. And we look forward to hearing about your project.

Sincerely, NS Department of Energy

 

Assistance for Children in Sport: 

  • NS tax credit for children in sport

http://novascotia.ca/dhw/pasr/healthy-living-incentive.asp

  • Canadian Tire Jumpstart program

http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/en/what-we-do/how-to-apply

  • Kidsport – CBRM, Victoria

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  • Kidsport (Colin Gillis)

http://www.kidsportcanada.ca/nova-scotia/halifax-regional-municipality/

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Age-Friendly Community Grant Program

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The Department of Seniors is consolidating the current Age-Friendly Community Grant and the Positive Aging Grant programs into one Age-Friendly Community Grant program.

Through a continuous application process, grants of up to $20,000 will support collaborative, innovative, and local initiatives that enhance the social and economic contributions of older adults in communities across Nova Scotia.

A wide range of projects will be considered including planning initiatives that support age-friendly communities and new, innovative programs, policies, services, tools and resources identified through a consultative process. 

E-mail: seniors@novascotia.ca 

Please visit our website for more information and applications http://novascotia.ca/seniors/age_friendly_program.asp
  

 

STRIVE AWARD-OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

https://www.doctorsns.com/en/home/issuesadvocacy/healthpromotion/Strive-Award/default.aspx

Community organizations working in the areas of physical activity, healthy eating and/or mental health are invited to apply for the Doctors Nova Scotia Strive Award. The award has been given annually since 2011 to a Nova Scotia community group making innovative and strategic actions to support and promote health. The award recipient will receive a $10,000 grant for the advancement of health promotion initiatives in the community. Learn more about the award and how to apply. Two previous recipients that have a physical activity component are Happily Ever Active and Velo Cape Breton.

 

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia administers a Community Grants Program to support individuals and organizations province-wide to undertake programs or services that will benefit the mental health of individuals throughout Nova Scotia. The Foundation strives to fund programs that are developed by Nova Scotians who are passionate about changing the way people think about mental illness. More information about eligibility and application requirements can be found on the Foundation’s website. For information, visit http://www.mentalhealthns.ca/community-apply

 

Walkability Grant

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Just a reminder that if you have groups in your areas who have small projects (like benches, signage, advocacy, etc.) that  need a small grant to accomplish; here is an option. Please share with your networks. H&S Walkabout offers Walkability Grants to help organizations, groups and individuals support walking in their communities.

Details can be found here: http://walkaboutns.ca/2015/01/walkability-grants-2015/

For more information – please contact our Health Promotion Lead, Catherine at cdroesbeck@heartandstroke.ns.ca

Claire Mac Lean
Community Health Promotion Coordinator, Eastern, Nova Scotia | Heart and Stroke Foundation
Park Lane – Mall Level 3
5657 Spring Garden Road, Box 245
Halifax, NS B3J 3R4
T 902 -334-1137 |  or 1-800-423-4432 ext 1137
cmaclean@heartandstroke.ns.ca| /  www.walkaboutns.ca /   heartandstroke.ca¬

HOW DO YOU CREATE MORE SURVIVORS?  Your donation funds researchers who work relentlessly to improve the health of every Canadian family, every day. Their discoveries prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery.  Read their stories. Like us on Facebook and see how walking takes you places.

 

Recreation for All Grant

 

FUNDING: NEW! HEALTHY EATING EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT AND PURCHASE

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The Recreation Facilities Association of Nova Scotia is proud to be working in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness to present a Healthy Eating Equipment Replacement and Purchase Grant Program to Recreation and Sport Settings across Nova Scotia. The overall goals of the Grant are to:
 -Support a cultural shift towards healthy foods and beverages in recreation and sport settings
 -Increase access to, consumption and promotion of healthy foods and beverages
 -Decrease access to unhealthy foods and beverages
 -Create an environment that promotes overall health
 -Support efforts in healthy eating policy development and implementation

Healthy Living Tax Incentive
http://www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/pasr/healthy-living-incentive.asp

A tax credit of up to $500 per child. It is intended to help with the cost of registering children and youth in sport or recreation activities that offer health benefits.

Young people aged 17 and under who are registered in an approved organized sport, physical recreation, or physical activity program qualify for the tax credit.

Please note: The expansion of the Healthy Living Tax Incentive to cover expenses for recreation registration for adults has been deferred for 2014. The program for young people, aged 17 and under, remains unchanged.

Tax Credit
What is the Healthy Living Incentive?
The tax credit, or healthy living incentive, provides an allowable tax credit of up to $500 per child to help with the cost of registering children and youth in sport or recreation activities that offer health benefits.

Who is eligible?
Children and youth aged 17 and under who are registered in an approved organized sport, physical recreation, or physical activity program will qualify for the tax credit. Only receipts from those groups who have registered with Department of Health and Wellness are eligible.

Healthy Living Tax Incentive Registration Form

Registration Form: https://novascotia.ca/dhw/pasr/healthy-living-registration.asp

The Healthy Living Tax Incentive is a tax credit of up to $500 per child. It is intended to help with the cost of registering children and youth in sport or recreation activities that offer health benefits.

NS Dept Communities, Sport and Recreation

Funding and Grants

The Communities, Sport and Recreation Division of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH) provides leadership by developing healthy policy, supporting the sport and recreation delivery system at all levels and building and maintaining effective collaborations amongst partners. With the help of the many resources available, we support the development of physical activity, sport and recreation opportunities in the province. Local or regional projects should contact their Active Living Branch Regional Representative

Development Programs

Regional Development Grant (RDG)

This program is designed to partner with regional, community, local or municipal organizations involved in physical activity, sport or recreation to achieve one or more of the following results to increase opportunities for participation in structured and unstructured physical activity, sport and recreation; increase public awareness of the health, economic, social and personal benefits of physical activity, sport and recreation; increase the number of skilled and knowledgeable volunteers and professional leaders in physical activity, sport and recreation; and to improve the capacity of community organizations that provide physical activity, sport and recreation opportunities. Applications are available throughout the year. For more information please contact the regional office in your area

Facility Programs

These Programs assist community groups, municipalities and other ‘not for profit’ organizations to develop facilities in order to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Facilities may include: community centres and halls, pools, arenas, athletic fields, parks, playgrounds, trails and enhanced schools for community use and other facilities that promote sport and physical recreation. Priority Population: Facilities should meet the needs of diverse groups of women and girls, men and boys. Facility planning processes should consider how difference in gender and other intersecting factors such age, language, sexual orientation, education, ability, geographic location, culture, ethnicity and income affect facility design and use. Facilities that increase engagement of diverse groups of women and girls in physical activity, sport and recreation will be given greater consideration. For more information please contact the regional office in your area

Community Recreation Capital Grant (CRCG)

This program assists in the development of small scale indoor and outdoor capital recreation projects, less than $20,000. A priority of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage is to conserve existing community recreation facilities (e.g. replacing a roof, furnace or playground component) and to develop new small- scale facilities. CRCG program funding must be used for: public, community recreation purposes; items of a permanent, non-consumable, capital nature; and projects where the need for financial assistance is demonstrated. Applications are available throughout the year. For more information, contact the regional office in your area

Recreation Facility Development (RFD)

This Program assists community groups, municipalities and other ‘not for profit’ organizations to develop facilities in order to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Facilities may include: community centres and halls, pools, arenas, athletic fields, parks, playgrounds, trails and enhanced schools for community use and other facilities that promote sport and physical recreation. 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. Applications for 2016-17 are due May 2, 2016. For more information, contact the regional office in your area

Planning Assistance

The Planning Assistance Program assists community organizations and municipalities in obtaining professional assistance in planning, designing and researching proposed and existing sport and physical recreation facilities. Applications are available throughout the year. The construction of sport and physical recreation facilities represents a substantial investment by the community, the municipalities and other levels of governments. It is vital, therefore that decisions concerning the provision of facilities is based on the best information available. More and more of this information is of a specialized nature beyond the expertise of community organizations with little or no experience of facility development. For more information, contact the regional office in your area

Trail Funding Programs

Trail funding programs provide support to trail groups who are involved in all aspects of trail development; from regular trail maintenance and emergency trail repair, to building leadership capacity to building large structures that require engineering expertise.  For more information please contact:

Steve Vines, Trails Consultant:
Phone: 902-396-1325
Email: steve.vines@novascotia.ca

The Trail Maintenance Program provides funding to community trail groups who are involved in regular and on-going maintenance on their trails, as well as emergency funding for major maintenance issues due to fire, flooding, hurricanes, etc.

The Community Trails Leadership Fund supports trail development in Nova Scotia through the provision of funds for leadership, organizational development, and capacity building to community trail groups. The fund helps organizations to offer training and educational opportunities for volunteers and the trail professionals who support them. It also helps the organizations acquire the expertise needed for specific aspects of trail projects

The Engineering Assistance Grant Program is designed to provide trail builders and managers with funding to help them hire engineering expertise when it is required. This could include the building of bridges or other large structures or components that require expertise to ensure they are safe and pose no risk to the environment

Recreation / Physical Activity Programs

Provincial Recreation / Physical Activity Project Funding

Project Funding is designed to support provincial organizations to undertake initiatives that address specific sport, recreation and physical activity priorities. Eligible activities are active transportation (AT), safety and injury prevention, children’s play, nature deficit, access for all (underserved populations-aboriginal, low- income, persons with disabilities, older adults and women and girls) and disparity reduction and gender equity. Priorities are determined annually and will include identified target groups, issues, risk factors, etc.For more information please contact:

Robin Norrie, Manager of Recreation:
Phone: 902-424-1251
Email: robin.norrie@novascotia.ca

Sport Programs

Sport Hosting

The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage recognizes the benefits of hosting sport events in Nova Scotia and provides support to Provincial Sport Organizations through the Sport Hosting Program. For more information please contact:

Michelle Aucoin, Active Living Consultant
Phone: 902-424-7621
Email: michelle.aucoin@novascotia.ca 

Gender Equity Capacity Building Support Fund

This fund is designed to help physical activity, sport and recreation organizations create supportive organizational cultures, policies, practices, and conditions to increase the engagement of diverse women and girls in physical activity, sport, and recreation as leaders, decision makers, coaches, volunteers, and participants. Various initiatives designed to build the gender equity capacity of organizations are eligible for funding, including: education and training sessions, board development workshops, organizational assessment activities, gender and diversity analysis, policy and action plan development, evaluations, etc. Applications are available throughout the year.

Eligible applicants include provincial organizations and local or regional projects. For more information, provincial organizations should contact:

Michelle Aucoin, Active Living Consultant
Phone: 902-424-7621
Email: michelle.aucoin@novascotia.ca

Sport NS Funding

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This is a reminder to all groups that Sport Nova Scotia funding deadline is March 1st. Any groups that are putting together an application please feel free to run it by for review and feedback to help strengthen the application if necessary

Below are the links to the community sport grants, along with the 5 key items we look for in a successful grant application.

Manulife Financial Community Sport Fund: (program based initiatives):

http://sportnovascotia.ca/Funding/StartanApplication/ForCommunitySportOrganizations/ManulifeFinancialCommunitySportGrant/tabid/1394/Default.aspx
Support4Sport Canada Games Sport Equipment Fund:(equipment bases initiatives):
http://sportnovascotia.ca/Funding/StartanApplication/ForCommunitySportOrganizations/Support4SportCanadaGamesSportEquipmentFund/tabid/1441/Default.aspx

How to create a successful application:
① Clear purpose and goal(s)
② Comprehensive and well thought out
③ Aligned with CS4L/LTAD (fit within pathway)
④ Strong explanation of the long-term benefits of the project/initiative
⑤ Sustainability (financially)

Additional items to consider is quality and quantity of the project. A strong budget including revenue, partnerships, collaboration and the overall impact of the project.
The community sport grant deadlines are currently September 1st & March 1st each year, they will be changing to August 1st and February 1st. Starting in August 2014. Decisions on community grants normally take place about 4-6 weeks after the deadline has passed, which would put them in September and March each year, (as opposed to October and April as we do now).
If you have any questions, please let contact:
Deano Morley
Sport NS – Cape Breton Community Sport Development Coordinator
(902) .595.0952
dmorley@sportnovascotia.cahttp://www.sportnovascotia

Community Health Board Grants – Victoria County

COMMUNITY HEALTH BOARD WELLNESS INITIATIVE GRANT FUND

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Purpose

The Wellness Fund is intended to:

  • promote projects that will strengthen communities, whereby the community identifies the problem or gap and implements solution(s);
  • create partnerships during the course of the funded projects, which continues beyond the project and helps build healthier communities; and
  • raise the profile of our CHBs in order to better able them to be a voice for the health of your community.
  • No project is too small!
  1. COMMUNITY HEALTH BOARD COMMUNITIES IN MOTION & HEALTHY EATING INITIATIVES FUND

Purpose

The purpose of the Communities in Motion & Healthy Eating Initiatives Fund is to support projects and activities that have been identified by the community and the Community Health Board (CHB) as being important to increase physical activity and healthy eating within Cape Breton, Victoria and Inverness counties.

http://www.cbdha.nshealth.ca/IC2/Intranet/apps/view_items.cfm?MenuID=5028&CategoryID=10

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