State of emergency declared. See Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and check for location, program and service closures, cancellations and changes.

Active Communities Fund

The Active Communities Fund supports community-wide initiatives to encourage less-structured physical activity and movement. You can apply until 3 January, 2020.

The Active Communities Fund helps communities 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.

Applicants can apply for up to 75% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $20,000.

The fund supports the Let’s Get Moving Nova Scotia action plan.


To apply for a grant, you must be:

  • a municipality
  • a village
  • a Nova Scotian Mi’kmaw band
  • a registered not-for-profit society or co-operative

We encourage applicants to partner with municipalities, the health sector, schools or workplaces for their applications.

How to apply

  • Read the Active Communities Fund guidelines. We also encourage you to contact the representative in your region to discuss your plan before you apply.
  • Download and save the application form to fill out. Submit the completed form and any supporting documents, if needed, to your regional office by email.

You can apply until 3 January, 2020.

Before you start

We encourage you to contact the program representative for your area and talk about your proposal before you apply. You should consider how you plan to reach and engage your target group.

If you’re applying for more than $5000, you need to include a one-year community-wide physical activity plan.


Program Guidelines (PDF)

Program Application (PDF)

Program Application (MS Word)

Contact us

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): Andrea Redmond, Central Regional Manager, (902) 424-7622

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