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Active Communities Fund

The Active Communities Fund supports community-wide initiatives to encourage less-structured physical activity and movement. Funds will be distributed based on eligibility until we have distributed all the money or by December 22, 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.

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.

Please note: there are different guidelines and applications for community applicants (municipalities, villages, Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw bands) and not-for-profit applicants.

Before you apply

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.

Applications from communities that exceed $5000, should include a one-year community-wide physical activity plan.

How to apply

For not-for-profit organization

If you represent a not-for-profit organization:

  1. Review the not-for-profit organization guidelines (PDF)
  2. Download and complete the not-for-profit organization program application (PDF)


For municipality, village or Nova Scotian Mi’kmaw band

If you represent a municipality, village or Nova Scotian Mi’kmaw band

  1. Review the municipality, village or Nova Scotian Mi’kmaw band program guidelines (PDF)
  2. Download and complete the municipality, village or Nova Scotian Mi’kmaw band program application (PDF)


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): Anna Haanstra, (902) 930-2872

Valley Region: (Municipalities of Hants West and Clare, Counties of Digby, Annapolis and Kings): Meg Cuming, (902) 679-4390