Regional Funding

Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness:  Highland Region

Regional Development Program

Eligible applicants may apply for assistance for projects which increase opportunities for participation in physical activity, sport and recreation; increase awareness of the benefits of participation; improve the capacity of organizations to provide opportunities; increase/improve leadership.  The expected level of contribution from the applicant from other sources is 50%.  Maximum contribution from the Regional Development Program is $15,000.

Recreation Facility Development

The Recreation Facility Development Program assists municipalities and community groups in the planning, construction, renovation, conservation or acquisition of facilities for public recreation purposes. Types of projects generally eligible for assistance are community centres, pools, sport facilities, parks, playgrounds, trails and other outdoor recreation facilities. Applicants can apply for up to 1/3 of total capital cost of a project.

Community Recreation Capital Grant Program

The Community Recreation Capital Grant Program (CRCG) assists with the development of small scale indoor and outdoor capital recreation projects. CRCG program funding must be used for public, community recreation purposes; items of a permanent, nonconsumable, capital nature; and, projects where the need for financial assistance is demonstrated. Applicants can apply for up to 1/3 of total capital cost of a project to a maximum of $5,000. Applications can be made year round – until funding is depleted.

Planning Assistance Program

Assists municipalities and community organizations obtain professional assistance in planning, designing and researching proposed and existing recreation facilities. Applicants can apply for up to 50 per cent of total cost of consultants’ fees, to a maximum of $5,000.

Trail Maintenance Program

The focus is on maintaining or restoring a former trail experience. Eligible projects include; regular maintenance projects, aging infrastructure and addressing catastrophic events caused by environmental or man-made disasters which threaten the continuity of the trail due to extensive infrastructure damage. Projects that fall under regular maintenance and aging infrastructure components will be eligible for up to 50% of the total cost of the project to a maximum of $1,000 annually. Catastrophic event funding will be assessed on a case by case basis depending on the magnitude of the work and available funds. Applications can be submitted throughout the year.

For more information on Health & Wellness Grants, contact Regional Representative Gerard MacIsaac


KidSport is a national children’s charitable program that helps under-resourced kids overcome the barriers preventing or limiting their participation in organized sports. Funding is available up to $300/year/child for sport registration and/or equipment for kids under 19 years old. Applications are accepted four times per year.
Antigonish Application
Guysbrough Application
Pictou Application


Canadian Tire Jumpstart helps financially disadvantaged kids get involved in organized sport and recreation by covering the cost of registration, equipment and/or transportation.
Guysborough/Antigonish Application
Pictou Application


The Community Health Boards in this region provide various resources to take an active role in improving the health of their communities. The Community Wellness Fund provides funds to community groups and schools to address the underlying determinants of health and keep people healthy.
GASHA Wellness Grant
PCHA Wellness Grant Contact


Highland Region Active Kids/Healthy Kids Leadership Development Funda leadership development program, is one of many initiatives that have been established to increase the physical activity levels of children and youth in Nova Scotia. While this fund is directed to leadership development, financial support can be considered for creation of new programs as long as there is a leadership development component.
Highland Region Active Kids/Healthy Kids Leadership Development Program Application