Walkable Communities Grant funding announced

Nancy Kelly nkelly@kingscountynews.ca
Published on March 5, 2014

Nova Scotia’s Heart and Stroke Walkabout programis offering Walkable Communities Grants to help organizations or groups in the province take steps to increase walking participation.

A total of $6,000 in grants valued between $500 to $2,000 will be awarded to 3-12 groups this year. Award categories recognize infrastructure that improves accessibility or physical upgrades to existing walking infrastructure through signage, aesthetic features, safety, cost and scheduling.  Grants will also be available for innovative marketing and encouragement programs that link with Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ and encourage Nova Scotians to walk more.  Advocacy efforts through communication or other activities addressing a local issue or projects that promote walkability will also be considered.

Those eligible to apply for this funding include organizations, groups of individuals or communities. Those who have previously received a Walkability Grant may reapply.

Funds will be distributed by Summer 2014 with spending required by Aug 31 2015.  A final report will be required at that time. Successful applicants will receive a package of Walkabout promotional items to enhance their projects.

For complete grant application criteria visit www.heartandstroke.ns.ca. Deadline for submissions is Monday April 21, 2014.