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The Sport Fund is a Provincial Chapter of the Canadian Council of Provincial/Territorial Sport Federations. Revenue Canada Charitable Registration Number 88938 6868 RR0001.

What Is The Sport Fund?
The Nova Scotia Amateur Sport Fund (Sport Fund) is a recognized Sport Nova Scotia program that is licensed through Sport Nova Scotia for charitable status as a provincial chapter of the Canadian Council of Provincial/Territorial Sport Federations' National Sport Trust Fund (Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, Charitable Registration Number 88938 6868 RR0001.)The Sport Fund has been established to assist and promote the development of athlete-centred amateur sport in Nova Scotia by making financial assistance available to individuals and organizations within the sport system. It assesses applications and allocates funds to Nova Scotia community sport organizations. It enables sport organizations to raise funds and permits eligible donors to receive official tax receipts for their contributions. It offers anyone the opportunity to make a donation to: amateur sport in general; to the Sport Fund's allocation category, community sport organizations; or to the sport of their choice.

How Much Money Is Available?
The Sport Fund is committed to allocating up to $100,000 per fiscal year. This is divided ($50,000 per) between the two allocation rounds. On average we fund between $200.00 - $5000.00  per grant application


Do I Need The Endorsement Of My Provincial Sport Organization (PSO)?
Yes. All applicants require the endorsement of the President of their Provincial Sport Organization to be considered for support through the Sport Fund. Forms are included in each application for this purpose. Applicants must ensure that these signatures/forms are included at the time of submission. For a complete list of Provincial Sport Organizations and their contact details, click here or contact Sport Nova Scotia switchboard at  (902) 425-5450. For applicants in the organization category, ensure that the person making the application is NOT the same signing authority/endorser for your sport. In the absence of a Provincial Sport Organization in good standing with Sport Nova Scotia, applicants are asked to contact Janine MacIntyre at Sport Nova Scotia (tel.  902-425-5450 ext. 362; fax. 902-425-5606; email: jmacintyre@sportnovascotia.ca).

I Have An Event/Initiative In The Next 3 Weeks...Can I Apply?
The Sport Fund accepts applications for financial assistance twice each year. The Allocation Committee meets to review applications within 6 weeks of each application deadline. The Sport Fund does not consider assistance for events; or retroactively for projects/ initiatives, therefore applicants are encouraged to plan well in advance of the competition/project, and make submissions in ADVANCE of programmed activities.

When Will I Hear If I Have Been Successful?
Receipt of all completed applications will be acknowledged. Within six weeks of the Allocation Committee meeting, all applicants will receive written notification of the status (success, non-success) of their application. Depending on the decisions of the Allocation Committee, successful applicants may also receive the cheque at this time (if there are no conditions placed upon the award).

What Conditions Exist If I Am Successful?
The Sport Fund Allocation Committee may require further information from successful applicants before the award is released. In these cases, applicants will receive requests by email. All successful applicants will be expected to complete an online progress report describing the outcome of the initiative/project/event that was funded. This may include a report outlining performances, key learning's and impact of the project on the Nova Scotia sport system, demonstration or access to the programmed activities, or copies of any documents produced. Successful applicants will also be expected to participate in media events surrounding the promotion of the Sport Fund, and displaying a Sport Fund banner may be required. 

What Kind Of Initiatives Have Been Successful In The Past?

  • organizations developing innovative recruiting programs
  • coach mentor-ship program
  • program development, retention and recruitment program(s)
  • the start of a new organization/ club 
  • none NCCP coach training and development program


What Kind Of Initiatives Have Generally Not Been Successful In The Past?
The Sport Fund does not normally provide funding for:

  • for profit organizations
  • travel
  • NCCP certification 
  • events 
  • capital expenditure projects / building repairs that are not directly related to the field of play 
  • employee and/ or coaches salary 


What Do We Look For In A Successful Application? 

①    Clear purpose and goal(s)

·         Who, what, where, when, how & why?

②     Comprehensive and well thought out

·         Elevator pitch

③     Aligned with CS4L/LTAD (fit within  pathway)

·         Age stage appropriate

④     Strong explanation of the long-term benefits of the project/initiative

⑤     Sustainability (financially)

·         Partnerships, collaboration & REVENUE

Can I Apply More Than Once?

Yes. An applicant may apply for funding within the same category for different initiatives or apply for funding within the same category and for the same initiative more than once per fiscal year. However, if funding was allocated, the Committee reserves the right to consider this fact when comparing applications, and limit or deny further funding to broaden the number of applicants assisted by the fund. No CSO shall receive more than $5000.00 per allocation period. 

If I Have Been Successful In The Past Can I Reapply?
Yes. As long as you and your provincial sport organization are in good standing with the Sport Fund. In the absence of a Provincial Sport Organization in good standing with Sport Nova Scotia.

Who Is The Allocation Committee & What Do They Do?
The Allocation Committee is a sub-group of the Nova Scotia Amateur Sport Fund Committee. It is empowered to evaluate submissions and then make recommendations back to the Committee. If a majority of the Committee participates in the allocation process, then its decisions are final.

Who Can I Contact If I Need More Information?
Questions regarding the application process or completing the online application forms can be directed to:
Janine MacIntyre - tel.  902-425-5450 ext. 362; fax. 902-425-5606; email: jmacintyre@sportnovascotia.ca

Janine MacIntyre

Sport Project Coordinator
Sport Nova Scotia
5516 Spring Garden Road 4th Fl.,
Halifax, NS,
B3J 1G6;



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