NOTE: A list of projects follows this release.
Funding for five projects in the Highland Region of Nova Scotia will strengthen communities and support physical activity for Nova Scotians.
“These investments will help build strong community infrastructure in Antigonish and Pictou counties,” said Randy Delorey, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board, on behalf of Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Investing in our trails, facilities and recreation equipment will allow Nova Scotians to lead healthy, active lifestyles while strengthening the fabric of our communities.”
Through the Recreation Facilities Development Program, government will invest more than $1.8 million for 65 new and upgraded facilities around the province.
“A community centre is the heart of every community,” said Clarence DeYoung, president of the Pomquet Area Cultural, Recreational and Community Development Association. “This grant will be a big boost to the Pomquet community which has already committed and/or raised $700,000.”
The five projects in the Highland Region of Antigonish and Pictou will receive grants totalling $189,325 through the Recreation Facility Development program. A grant for one other project will be announced at a later date, bringing the regional total to $205,325.
“Community recreation centres are the glue that hold many rural Nova Scotian communities together”, said Mr. Delorey. “With today’s announcement, we are providing Nova Scotians with more opportunities to engage in active living, while making and maintaining relationships with their family, friends and neighbours.
“The groups receiving funding have already done amazing work in engaging and connecting members of the community. We believe that these investments will allow them to have an even greater impact.”
The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Examples include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and building and upgrading fields for sport and recreation.