Recreation Nova Scotia, in partnership with Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage, are committed to encouraging Nova Scotians to include more movement in our daily lives. We are also working to improve engagement in recreation and increasing physical activity, through the Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia and Let’s Get Moving Nova Scotia.
Being physically active and moving helps us prevent and manage disease. It makes us happier and helps us do better at school and work. It builds stronger communities and keeps the economy healthy too.
To help kick start physical activity and walking among Nova Scotian communities, Recreation Nova Scotia is pleased to offer the annual Walkability grants. These grants are awarded to Nova Scotian organizations, groups and individuals that pledge to take steps to increase walking participation. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, March 1st, 2019.
Grant Categories: Grant applicants must indicate their specified initiative among the following four categories:
1. Programming: Population based programming which allows large groups within a community to benefit. Grant does not include funding for-profit business and cannot include funds for human resources.
2. Infrastructure: Increased accessibility or physical improvements to basic, existing walking infrastructure to encourage Nova Scotians to walk more (e.g. signage, aesthetic features, safety features etc.). Grant does not include funds for major construction projects or creating new infrastructure.
3. Marketing: Innovative marketing and encouragement strategies (e.g. new media, community based social marketing, incentive programs, etc.) that link with Let’s Get Moving, the Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation, and encourage Nova Scotians to walk more. Grant does not include funds for human resources.
4. Advocacy: Communication or other activities addressing a local issue (e.g. lack of crosswalks) or projects that would promote walkability, such as engaging with decision makers to advance policy change or changes in infrastructure; with a goal to create long-term change for better walkability. Grant does not include funds for human resources.
Those eligible to apply for this funding include organizations, groups of individuals or communities within Nova Scotia. Those who have previously received a Walkability Grant may re-apply for the 2019 funding cycle. For profit groups or groups which only deal with small numbers within the community will not be considered.
Level of support
With a total of $50,000 available funding for distribution, grants of $500 to $3,000 will be awarded to successful applicants. Three grants will be awarded at a level of $5,000; these three grants at $5000 each will be offered to applications with the largest reach and impact. The remaining $35,000 will be dispersed dependent on various applicants’ requests and potential impact.
Funds will be distributed by March 1st, 2019, and applicant’s completed spending is required by August 31, 2019. A final report must be submitted to Recreation Nova Scotia by September 30, 2019. If final reports are not passed in on time, the applicant will not be able to reapply in the future.
Priority will be given to proposals that:
• Are action and results oriented, with an achievable work plan displayed
• Communicate a clear purpose for activities that are reasonable and can be evaluated for their effectiveness
• Build public support and involvement
• Engage local or regional leaders and decision makers (e.g. informing municipal councillors of your plans)
• Build on existing community support or physical activity strategies (e.g. Municipal Physical Activity Leadership strategies; school or municipal active transportation plans)
Brief Descriptions of Some Past Funded Initiatives
Purchase signage to increase the number of students walking to school as well as increase pedestrian traffic in downtown core. Signs to indicate distances to other facilities as well as adding some new signs in public areas.
- Town of Truro
Funded the purchase of 50 mats to complete a walking track around the interior of the Hector Arena; creating a softer walking surface—making it easier for individuals with hip and knee complications to walk the track. Located in Pictou, Nova Scotia.
- Hector Arena Walking Group
Install and purchase 2-3 benches for along the Bay to Bay trail. To allow for great walkability with rest locations along the trail. Located in Lunenburg, NS
- Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation
Purchase water, healthy snacks and walking footwear to introduce walking as exercise to youth and share information with the groups regarding the benefits of walking. Located in North Sydney, NS.
- Clifford St. Youth Centre
Funded promotion, graphics and e-newsletters of walking group/opportunity in the gym at the Prospect Community Centre 2-3 times per week; with the purpose of providing a safe, and warm space for community members to walk. Located in Hatchet Lake, NS.
- Prospect Rd. Community Centre