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Municipal Office - 2357 Highway 206, P.O. Box 120, Arichat, Nova Scotia B0E 1A0
(902) 226-2400, Toll Free: 1-800-567-2600



Jumpstart Charities gives kids a sporting chance.

Participating in sport helps kids develop physical and social skills. It helps build self-esteem. By helping kids get into the game, we’re equipping them with determination. And we’re giving them confidence that will extend beyond practices and games.

For more information on the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program visit the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program.



Applicants are encouraged to read the eligibility information noted here and ensure they meet the criteria before beginning an application. If eligible, please review and complete an application and all requested supplementary information by the 15th of each month.

KidSport is a national children’s program that helps kids overcome the financial barriers preventing or limiting their participation in organized sports. KidSport Nova Scotia provides funding of up to $500/year/child for sport registration and/or equipment. In operation since 1994, KidSport Nova Scotia has assisted over 31,000 children totalling over $7.7 Million.  

For further information on how to apply please visit sport nova scotia.


Active Communities Fund

Department: Organization: NS Dept of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage

Description: The fund supports community-wide initiatives to encourage less structured physical activity and movement. The fund aims to encourage physical activity and movement through policies, social initiatives or physical environments. Projects should target community members who are less active, or who have fewer opportunities for physical activity.
Example(s): A plan to design & implement a safe, walkable connector pathway between Glace Bay High School and the nearby shopping plaza.

Deadline: June 15th, 2024 for requests above $10,000. December 1st, 2024 for other applications.

Contact: It is strongly recommended you contact Elisabeth Bailey, Physical Activity Consultant, to discuss eligibility and project details. You can reach Elisabeth at  or 902-930-1020. 



Community Recreation Capital Grant

Department:  Organization: NS Dept of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage

Description: This program is suitable for projects with a total value up to $30,000. This capital grant is cost-shared with the applicant which means the Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage could contribute up to one-third of the total project cost to a maximum of $8,000 and the applicant would contribute two-thirds including financial matching and donated labor or materials. REMINDER: The capital application requires demonstration of competitive and accurate price estimates, commonly through multiple quotes. You are encouraged to apply early in the fiscal year. A complete application, with all supporting documents, including confirmed funders (two-third contribution) at the time of submitting, is encouraged.

Deadline: April 1st - December 1st or until the grant program is 100% committed.

Contact: Cape Breton Island Larry Maxwell, Regional Manager Email Phone: 902-578-4813 Courier/Mail: 850 Grand Lake Road, Suite 15, Sydney. NS B1P 5T9



Max Bell Foundation Grants

Department - Organization: Max Bell Foundation

Description: Max Bell Foundation makes grants to support projects that are designed to inform public policy. They do so across four program areas: Education; Environment; Health & Wellness; and Civic Engagement and Democratic Institutions. A typical project supported by Max Bell Foundation ranges from 1-3 years in duration and has a budget that ranges from approximately $10,000 to $200,000. Max Bell Foundation is often the only financial supporter of projects they fund. Not for building or service delivery, it is for projects that inform public policy. You can view previous grants awarded here:

Deadline: Continuous intake

Contact: Contact Form

Website: Max Bell Foundation Grants


Rink Efficiency

Department - Organization: Efficiency Nova Scotia

Description: Through the program, municipalities can improve their rink or arena’s energy efficiency. This will not only improve conditions for customers, it will result in cost savings that can be reinvested in other ways. There are programs for retrofits, optimization, and rebates. You can inquire about your project idea on their website, and they will get back to you within two business days.

Deadline: Continuous intake

Contact: Use the contact form on the website.

Website: Rink Efficiency


Smoke-Free Outdoor Spaces Signage Grant Fund

Department - Organization: Smoke-Free Nova Scotia

Description: The fund is intended to support communities which have already established smoke-free outdoor spaces by assisting with the cost of signage, as well as awareness and enforcement. This is a limited, one-time funding opportunity. Grants as high as $2,000 may be awarded.

Deadline: Continuous intake


WebsiteSmoke-Free Outdoor Spaces Signage Grant Fund


Wellness Funds

Department:  Organization: Nova Scotia Health Community Health Board

Each year, Nova Scotia Health Authority designates funds for each CHB in the province to distribute as Wellness Funds.
This fund is for non-profit groups working to improve health in their communities and must address the health priorities identified by the CHBs in their current community health plan. Priority will be given to projects that use a population health based approach to address the social determinants of health at the population. e.g. people related to food security, housing, transportation, social isolation and community resilience

Upcoming Virtual information sessions:

  • Tuesday March 26th, 2-3 pm (French)
  • Tuesday April 2nd 6-7 pm (English)

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Deadline: May 6th, 2024 at 5:00 PM