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Recreation Facility Development Grant

The Intake for This Program (RFD) is complete for 2021-but check with your Regional Office to get prepared for next season.

This Program assist community groups, municipalities and other ‘not-for-profit’ organizations to develop facilities in order to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation.

Facilities may include:

  • Recreation centres and halls, pools, arenas, athletic field, parks and playgrounds and trails.
  • Enhanced schools for community use.
  • Other facilities that promote sport and physical recreation.


Projects approved for funding are eligible to receive up to one-third of the total capital cost of the project to a maximum of $150,000.

Program guidelines (PDF)

2020-2021 Recreational Facility Development Grant Recipients

Advocate District School Playground Committee $18,570
Amherst Lions Club $29,000
Arisaig Parish Community Centre Society $15,000
Autism Nova Scotia $100,000
Brooklyn District Elementary School $30,259
Ceilidh Trail Groomers Association $30,580
Chester Playhouse $100,000
Chignecto Glooscap Snowmobile Association $29,000
Cobequid Society for Athletic Excellence $24,575
Dalhousie Mountain Snowmobile Club $11,500
Friends of McNab's Island Society $21,000
Glooscap Curling Club $13,643
Halifax Regional Municipality Ardmore Park $50,000
Halifax Regional Municipality-Bicentennial Elementary School $42,500
Halifax Regional Municipality-Caldwell Road Elementary School $33,920
Halifax Regional Municipality-Oceanview Elementary School $45,000
Halifax Regional Municipality-St. Margaret’s Bay Elementary School $38,750
Halifax Regional Municipality-Waterstone Neighbourhood Association $55,000
Hardwood Lake Girl Guide Camp $8,767
Hinchinbrook Farm Society $30,000
HRCE - Sambro Elementary School $18,000
Lawrencetown Exhibition Youth Arena $12,500
Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club $13,380
Mill Road Social Enterprise Association $30,000
Municipality of East Hants $14,000
Municipality of Shelburne-Welkum Park $7,358
Municipality of the District of St. Mary's  $30,600
Northern Yacht Club $33,200
Paragon Golf and Country Club $15,500
River John Community Action Society $25,000
Scots Bay Wilderness Society $95,000
Shambhala School Society $65,000
Shelburne Curling Club $9,900
Sherbrooke Lake Camp- Western N.S. Camp Council $16,830
Sutherland Lake Trail Groomers Association $47,000
The Port Hood District and Recreation Commission $30,000
Town of Mulgrave $15,300
Town of Pictou $53,350
Town of Port Hawkesbury $75,000
Valley Elementary Home and School Association $18,570
West Mabou Development Association $10,000

For more information Contact the representative in your region:

Cape Breton Region: (Cape Breton Island): Larry Maxwell, (902) 565-1508

Central Region: (Halifax Regional Municipality): Andrea Redmond, Central Regional Manager, (902) 890-1158

Fundy Region: (Municipality of East Hants, Cumberland County, Colchester County): Peter McCracken, (902) 956-4108

Highland Region: (Guysborough County, Antigonish County, Pictou County): Rae Gunn (902) 870-7278

South Shore Region: (Counties of Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens, Lunenburg and District of Argyle): Anna Haanstra, (902) 523-5333

Valley Region: (Municipalities of Hants West and Clare, Counties of Digby, Annapolis and Kings): Anna Sherwood, (902) 670-7933