Funding

Sport Nova Scotia offers a wide range of funding options for Athletes, coaches, officials, PSOs, and CSOs.

Applicants are encouraged to read the eligibility information noted here and ensure they meet the criteria before beginning an application.

ATHLETES

Support4Sport Athlete Assistance

 

The purpose of the Nova Scotia Athlete Assistance Program (NSAAP) is to provide direct financial assistance to Nova Scotia athletes who have achieved significant results at the national and/or international level in their pursuit of excellence. The NSAAP recognizes the significant financial commitment associated with the pursuit of excellence and is pleased to support Nova Scotia athletes in their quest to be the best. A significant portion of the NSAAP is supported through the Support4Sport Program of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation.

In be considered, ATHLETES must:

  • be members in good standing with their Provincial Sport Organization (PSO). PSOs must be members of Sport Nova Scotia
  • fall within the Nova Scotia Athlete Assistance Program Tier Guide

    Note: Masters program athletes are not eligible for Tier 1 to Tier 5 funding. Masters athletes may be eligible for Tier 6 (PSO Card) funding at the discretion of their respective PSO.

Athletes can apply at any time. Applications must be completed and submitted by the applicant and endorsed by the PSO by the 15th of the month to be reviewed by the Support4Sport Committee the end of the month. Please allow for a reasonable timeline for the PSO to endorse the application. Any applications received after the 15th of the month will be automatically moved and reviewed the next month.

Please note you will be required to create a Sideline Learning account in order to apply. This account will be associated with the Provincial Sport Organization that will be endorsing your application.

 

KidSport

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 sport. 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 totaling over $7.7 Million.

 

Coaching
Support4Sport – Individual Coach Initiative

Funding is available to individual coaches for certification or training initiatives.  Coaches will be supported based on the quality of their initiative and their ability to assist Nova Scotia athletes and coaches at all levels. Only coaches with a Competition Intro certification will be considered. Generally, funding will not be available for traveling to events with athletes.  Coaches must be in good standing with their PSOs.

In order to be considered COACHES must:

  • be in good standing with their Provincial Sport Organization (PSO), and have their application endorsed by their PSO;
  • be requesting funding for certification or an initiative that can assist Nova Scotia athletes and coaches at all levels ; and
  • be requesting funding for a Sport Specific Competition Development certification or higher NCCP training event. This does not include NCCP Multisport Competition Development Theory Modules.
  • be requesting funding for a non NCCP professional development event to maintain a Competition Development Certified or higher NCCP Status.

*Please note certifications and initiatives within the province are typically in-eligible for funding at the individual level because they are generally eligible for support at the provincial or community sport organization level. It should also be noted that the Support4Sport committee will not fully fund an initiative without any PSO/CSO/NSO contribution.

Coaches can apply at any time. Applications must be completed and submitted by the applicant and endorsed by the PSO by the 15th of the month to be reviewed by the Support4Sport Committee the end of the month. Please allow for a reasonable timeline for the PSO to endorse the application. Any applications received after the 15th of the month will be automatically moved and reviewed the next month.

Please note you will be required to create a Sideline Learning account in order to apply.  This account will be associated with the Provincial Sport Organization that will be endorsing your application.

 

Support4Sport- Coach Employment Professional Development

Please be advised that funding through this program is only available to Support4Sport coaches hired by Provincial Sport Organizations who serve in a Provincial Coach / Technical Director role.

If you are not a Support4Sport coach you may be eligible for Individual Coach funding . Please consult criteria before applying.

 

Funding is available to Support4Sport supported coaches to further their professional development. In some instances these professional development opportunities may take place in the form of seminars or group educational events, which will be open to other coaches who would like to take part.

Professional development opportunities will be determined by the goals and priorities set by each coach and may vary by individual. Each full-time coach supported by the Support4Sport program is eligible to receive a maximum of $1,500 for a professional development/educational opportunity. Some additional opportunities may be designed and delivered if the budget allows. Efforts will be made to develop opportunities that can be accessed by coaches in addition to those supported by the Support4Sport program.

Coaches can apply at any time. Applications must be completed and submitted by the applicant and endorsed by the PSO by the 15th of the month to be reviewed by the Support4Sport Committee the end of the month. Please allow for a reasonable timeline for the PSO to endorse the application. Any applications received after the 15th of the month will be automatically moved and reviewed the next month.

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COMMUNITY SPORT ORGANIZATIONS ​
Parasport Program Loan

The Sport Nova Scotia Parasport Program Loan is designed to provide Community Sport Organizations, Non-Profit groups, and Municipal Recreation Departments involved with Parasport programs access to equipment and resources to offer introductory adaptive sport opportunities in their community.

 

Successful applicants may borrow a full set of equipment, program guides for how to facilitate weekly introductory programming in the selected sport, and leadership training in 1 of 6 available parasport’s for the selected 6-week period.

 

To apply email parasport@sportnovascotia.ca (Program Loan in Title) to receive full infomation and an application form.

Sport Fund

Sport Fund focuses on community sport support. The goal of the fund is to support quality, sustainable programming, either by providing funds to help organizations create new programs, or to expand and/or enhance current programs to provide more opportunities for Nova Scotians to take part in sport.
 
Over the past few years, our Sport Fund process has seen significant enhancements by moving from a provincial to a regional application process.  During this time, we have been exploring additional ways to improve the process for greater community impact and are happy to release a new application process.
 
For all details, including the updated process and application questions, please see our Sport Fund Applicant Guide. Please connect with your Regional Sport Consultant (all contact information is in the Applicant Reference Guide) to determine eligibility and next steps.
 

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA) Funding

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA) Funding


Introduction

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA) supports have increasingly been identified as a priority for the continued growth, development and betterment of sport.  EDIA Funding is designed to help strengthen, sustain, grow, or improve unique community sport programs across Nova Scotia. 

 

EDIA Funding is designed to support traditionally underrepresented communities in their efforts to increase participation in community-based sport programming.

 

Applicant Criteria

  1. Local sport clubs and community sport organizations who are members in good standing of a Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) OR
  2. Community sport organizations, facilities and service organizations who have active status – under the Joint Stocks Societies Act of Nova Scotia OR
  3. Municipalities, Villages and First Nation communities.

All organizations applying must include a letter of endorsement from partner organizations specifying the elements of the partnership. (Example: location, duration of partnership, anticipated number of participants involved and program schedule etc.)

 

EDIA Population Targeted Communities

  • African/Black Nova Scotian Community
  • Indigenous Community
  • Persons with Physical Disabilities
  • Persons with Cognitive Disabilities
  • Newcomers
  • 2SLGBTQI+
  • Women & Girls
  • Diverse Cultural and Racialized Groups
  • Financially Disadvantaged Nova Scotians

Eligible Costs:

EDIA Funding supports projects that are intended to:


Support traditionally underrepresented communities’ participation in community-based sport programming.

 

  • Program fees
  • Facility rental fees
  • Equipment (large or small)
  • Leadership Education, and Capacity Development (e.g.NCCP/CAC certification, All Youth Matter Inclusion training, etc.)
  • Transportation
  • Other costs (Insurance, minor capital improvements to facilities (e.g., ramps, signage, doors)

 

Application Process:

 

  1. Applicant organizations review the application guidelines. When ready, applicants contact their Regional Sport Consultant (RSC) to discuss their initiative, arrange for a consultation to determine eligibility, and for assistance in the application process. (see full list below)
  2. The RSC will work with the applicant to support the intention of the application and help build community partnerships where needed.
  3. Once eligibility is confirmed, the RSC will share the application form.
  4. Once the RSC believes the application is strong and all questions have been answered, completed applications and support documents can be submitted to funding@sportnovascotia.ca 
  5. Ensure letter(s) of endorsement from partner groups are submitted with application.
  6. Applicant organization will be updated on the status of their application within 2-4 weeks of the intake periods.
  7. Funding is released upon receipt of signed “Terms and Conditions” document. This document outlines the commitments of the organization.
  8. Initiatives must be completed and reported upon within a 12-month period from the awarded funding date.

 

 

For more information and access to the funding application process, please contact the Regional Sport Consultant for your area.

 

Region

Consultant

Email Address

Central

Janessa MacPherson

jmacpherson@sportnovascotia.ca

Fundy

Chelsey Bray

cbray@sportnovascotia.ca

Highland

Gina MacInnis

gmacinnis@sportnovascotia.ca

Cape Breton

David Ogbuah

dogbuah@sportnovascotia.ca

South Shore

Nicole Ramey

nramey@sportnovascotia.ca

Valley

Angela Morrison

amorrison@sportnovascotia.ca

 

 

Officials
Support4Sport – Individual Official Initiative

Funding is available to individual officials for certification or training initiatives. Officials are supported based on the quality of their initiative and their ability to assist the Nova Scotia sport system at all levels.

In order to be considered, OFFICIALS must:

  • be in good standing with their Provincial Sport Organization (PSO);
  • have their application endorsed by their PSO;
  • be requesting funding for certification or training initiative that can assist Nova Scotia sport system at all levels; and
  • have a minimum of a Level ll certification

*Please note certifications and initiatives within the province are typically in-eligible for funding at the individual level because they are generally eligible for support at the provincial or community sport organization level. It should also be noted that Support4Sport will not fully fund an initiative without any PSO/CSO/NSO contribution.

Officials can apply at any time. Applications must be completed and submitted by the applicant and endorsed by the PSO by the 15th of the month to be reviewed by the Support4Sport Committee the end of the month. Please allow for a reasonable timeline for the PSO to endorse the application. Any applications received after the 15th of the month will be automatically moved and reviewed the next month.

Please note you will be required to create a Sideline Learning account in order to apply.  This account will be associated with the Provincial Sport Organization that will be endorsing your application.

PROVINCIAL SPORT ORGANIZATIONS
Support4Sport- Canada Games Centre Legacy Access Fund

The Canada Games Centre Legacy Access Fund (CGCLAF) was made possible by a contribution from the Support4Sport program.  It is designed to assist PSO provincial team and Canada Games team athletes in securing training time at the Canada Games Centre and to ensure that the facility becomes a home base for Nova Scotia’s high performance programs.  The program will provide 50% of the cost of facility rentals for gym, track or pool usage, up to a maximum of $5,000.00 to any single Provincial Sport Organization per year.

 

PSOs receiving funding for this program must also complete a user agreement with the Canada Games Centre.

To be considered:

  • Provincial teams must submit an outline of the team training program and budget.
  • Must be a sport selected to the Canada Games program.

PSOs can apply at any time. Applications must be completed and submitted by the 15th of the month to be reviewed by the Support4Sport Committee the end of the month. Any applications received after the 15th of the month will be automatically moved and reviewed the next month

Support4Sport - Provincial Sport Organization Projects

The goal of Project Funding is to support PSO initiatives that demonstrate a likelihood of helping PSOs reach their identified goals in each pillar of the Sport Development Tool to strengthen the Nova Scotia sport delivery system. Project Funding is a pool of shared funding amongst the four pillars (Organizational Effectiveness, Coaching & Officiating, Participation and Excellence). Pillar Leads will work in consultation with the PSO and CCTH Sport Consultants to prioritize projects. All projects must be linked to PSO priorities or plans and be completed with monitoring by the Pillar Lead and Consultant. All projects will be evaluated and the learnings will be captured.

To be considered:

  • PSOs must have completed the Sport Development Tool.
  • PSOs must meet the annual Nova Scotia eligibility requirements.
  • Projects must be connected to a Sport Development Tool annual outcome or approved plan (ex. NSPPI).
  • Single PSO, PSO led partnerships and multi-year projects will be considered. Note: Multi-year funding will be conditional upon a PSO meeting the project outcomes of the current year. 
  • Additional revenue sources considered an asset.

PSOs can apply at any time. While applications must be completed and submitted by the 15th of the month, PSOs must initiate the application process at least one month in advance of the application deadline.

To begin an application, please contact the relevant Pillar Lead:

Janice Cougle – Participation & Officiating – jcougle@sportnovascotia.ca
Dillon Ross- Organizational Effectiveness – dross@sportnovascotia.ca
Evan MacInnis – Excellence – evan@csiatlantic.ca
Natasha Burgess-Johnson – Coaching  natasha@csiatlantic.ca

Nick Lenehan – Equity Diversity & Inclusion (EDI)– nlenehan@sportnovascotia.ca