Colchester-area communities have an opportunity to make more sustainable, active and accessible transportation choices through the latest round of the Nova Scotia Moves program.
Through Nova Scotia Moves, the province offers grants of up to $200,000 to groups supporting sustainable transportation at the local level, including municipalities, band councils, community benefit organizations and social enterprises.
Four successful applicants from the Colchester area were awarded grants in this round, totalling $45,152.
“This is a great program that supports community-based, grass-roots projects in our area that help further the goals of the province’s Sustainable Transportation Strategy,” said Truro-Bible Hill MLA Lenore Zann, on behalf of Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “I’d like to congratulate the applicants from the Truro and Colchester County area on the success of their projects, and thank them for their contributions to their communities.”
Nova Scotia Electric Vehicle Highway Services, based in Tatamagouche, was awarded $23,000 for an Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Station at the Truro Power Centre as well as a Provincial network of 12 new charging stations. The Tatamagoushe Village Commission will receive $10,000 to build a wheelchair-accessible path between Blair Avenue and the new village library. The Town of Truro will pilot use propane fuel in three vehicles with a $7,500 grant. East Hants Community will receive $4,652 to support use of a new energy efficient vehicle, purchased with a grant from the previous round of Nova Scotia Moves.
Across the province, 37 successful applications were awarded funding during the latest round, totalling $1.4 million.
This round’s applicants are diverse and address many sustainable transportation issues including active transportation, public and community transit, land use planning, efficient vehicles and public engagement.
“It’s clear the people of the Colchester County area are working toward better transportation choices that, over the long term, are healthier and will help protect and preserve the environment,” said Ms. Zann.
The program helps Nova Scotians drive less distance, move more actively and efficiently, use cleaner energy, access a wider range of sustainable transportation options and engage communities around sustainable transportation issues.
In the 2012-13 pilot round, the province awarded more than $900,000 to projects developing ideas from active transportation routes to online information services. Twenty-eight grants were awarded and are now underway.
For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/ .