On August 5, 2014, Regional Council voted to adopt the Rural Transit Funding Program, a grants program through which rural transit operators can apply for funding to subsidize the cost of operating their service in Halifax. The following questions and answers will assist potential applicants in determining if they are eligible, and how they can apply:
Grants provided through the Rural Transit Funding Program are disbursed through in two ways:
The amount of the annual lump sum payment is determined based on the level of service provided to the community and is valued between $5,000 and $10,000. For a detailed description of how this sum is determined, see section 6 of the Administrative Order 2014-012-ADM, HRM Rural Transit Funding Program
The total amount of the flat rate payment will be based on the number of in-service vehicle kilometers travelled in each quarter of the municipal fiscal year, as reported in the required quarterly financial report.
The lump sum payment is made following the annual grant approval process, and after Halifax Transit receives required documentation under section 21A of the Administrative Order.
The flat rate per km grant payment will be made following the submission of each financial report (to be submitted to Halifax Transit quarterly). To read about the quarterly reporting requirements and deadlines, see sections 9 to 13 of the Administrative Order.
First time applicants must submit the following before the January 15 deadline:
If approved for funding, then the following must be submitted to Halifax Transit in advance of any funds being released (deadline for submission is September 30th of the year for which the grant was applied):
Subsequent applications, for those organizations which have previously been approved, the following is required by January 15th in order to apply for funding for the subsequent fiscal year:
For a detailed description of application requirements, please see the Adminsitrative Order. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed or considered.
There is one application period per fiscal year for both first time applicants and subsequent applications. Applications must be received in person or postmarked on or before January 15 in order to be considered for funding in the following fiscal year.
All applications must be received by mail or in person. E-mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted. Applications may be submitted:
In person to:
Rural Transit Grants
Burnside Transit Centre
200 Ilsley Avenue
Or by mail to:
Rural Transit Grants
PO Box 1749
Halifax, NS B3J 3A5
No, it is not. If an organization which is receiving a grant intends to apply for a grant in the following fiscal year, projected ridership and in-service vehicle kilometers for the following fiscal year must be included in its third quarter financial report submission. In addition, a subsequent application must be made by the January 15th deadline (see 'How does my organization apply?')
All applications will be screened for basic eligibility, and Halifax Transit staff will prepare a report for review by the Grants Committee for recommendation to Regional Council.
Final approval of all applications for grants is a decision of Regional Council.
All grants are subject to annual budget availability, as approved by Regional Council each year. If the program budget is insufficient to provide both the lump sum amount and the per kilometer flat rate grant, the lump sum payments will be paid out in full, and the per kilometer flat rate will be distributed as a pro-rated percent to each approved organization.
If you have any questions about your organization’s application or the Rural Transit Funding Program, please contact:
Should there be any discrepancy between the information provided on this website and Administrative Order 2014-012-ADM, HRM Rural Transit Funding Program, than the Administrative Order takes precedent.