Active Transportation Grants Program

Community associations in HRM play a significant role in operating and maintaining AT facilities and promoting and educating the public about walking and cycling.  These grant programs are to support the work of these associations.

Active Transportation (AT) Grants Program is available to eligible applicants as per Administrative Order Number 2020-011-ADM Respecting HRM’s Grant Programs for Active Transportation and Recreational Trails. The program was established to support those elements of HRM’s AT objectives that are implemented in conjunction with community associations as outlined in the 2014 Active Transportation Priorities Plan (AT Plan) and/ or 2018 Integrated Mobility Plan and any subsequent HRM Regional Council approved amendments or transportation plans. 

Eligible applicants – this is a summary; detailed eligibility is outlined in the AO 2020-011-ADM and the respective Grants listed below.

(a) To be eligible for AT Capital, AT Recapitalization and AT Maintenance and Operations Grants, the applicants must meet all conditions outlined below:

  • The applicant has written permission from the land owner(s); 
  • Applicant has obtained an equivalent Commercial G/L Insurance Coverage of at least $5,000,000;
  • Applicant demonstrates that is supporting, encouraging and promoting active transportation; 
  • Applicant demonstrates commitment to construct and maintain the facilities managed at a standard that is accessible, safe, and comfortable to all users of all abilities; 
  • Applicant demonstrates recent (within the past year) local community engagement and consultations regarding the proposed project; and
  • Applicant has not defaulted/ bridged Grant(s)’ requirements in the past years. 

(b) To be eligible for AT Education and Promotion Grants the applicants must meet all conditions outlined below:

  • Applicant has Commercial G/L Insurance and/or event insurance or is covered under a group insurance;
  • Applicant demonstrates that is supporting, encouraging and promoting active transportation; 
  • Applicant has not defaulted/ bridged Grant(s)’ requirements in the past years; and
  • Applicant can access matching funds for any project proposed over $1,000.

Active Transportation (AT) Grants Program is composed of five available grants. Please follow the links below to access grants’ terms and conditions, eligibility and project evaluation criteria and to submit an application. Applicants are eligible for one or more grants pending on the type projects proposed.

To submit a proposal, please follow the instructions outlined below for each Grant listed below.  

To arrange other methods to submit the proposal and supporting documents, please contact:

Emma Martin, AT Community Projects Coordinator
Transportation and Public Works
Project, Planning and Design- Active Transportation
martinem@halifax.ca
C: 902-499-6742

Active Transportation Capital Grants

Submission deadline: October 15, 2021.
Grants awarded after Regional Council Capital Budget approval in 2022 (usually in May).
Email: martinem@halifax.ca 

These grants are awarded to eligible applicants for planning, design, construction and inspection (related to construction of new structures) of new AT facilities, infrastructure and/ or amenities that enhanced AT users’ safety, comfort and accessibility to AT Facilities.

Below is a link to the complete Active Transportation Capital Grants Terms which outline eligibility, evaluation criteria, terms and timelines.

2022 - 2023 Active Transportation Capital Grants Terms and Conditions 

To submit a proposal, download and save the application template to your computer. Complete the info requested, save the file as <Organization name_AT Capital Grant> and sent it along with required supporting documents by email: martinem@halifax.ca. To be considered, applications and supporting documents required must be received on or before the deadline posted.

2022 -2023 AT Capital Grant Application Package:

2022 – 2023 AT Capital Grant Application- Organization Identification Form
This form should be filled out ONCE if multiple projects are proposed.

2022 – 2023 AT Capital Grant Application – Project Proposal Form
Please fill out one form for each type of project proposed.

Active Transportation Re-Capitalization Grants

Submission deadline: October 15, 2021.
Grants awarded after Regional Council Capital Budget approval in 2022 (usually in May).
Email: martinem@halifax.ca 

AT Re-capitalization Grants are awarded to eligible applicants for proposals on AT Facilities for:

  • Engineering study to assess cost-benefit analysis for future re-capitalization project(s)
  • Engineering re-design and tendering package for future re-capitalization project(s)
  • Re-instate a trail or section of a trail to accessibility and safety standards as per current HRM and Provincial guidelines
  • Infrastructure mandatory inspection, engineering re-design and re-instatement to safety standards as per current HRM and Provincial guidelines
  • Replacement of amenities damaged beyond repair

Below is a link to the complete Active Transportation Re-Capitalization Grants Terms which outline eligibility, evaluation criteria, terms and timelines.

2022 - 2023 Active Transportation Re-Capitalization Grants Terms and Conditions

To submit a proposal, download and save the application template to your computer. Complete the info requested, save the file as <Organization name_AT Re-Capitalization Grant> and sent it along with required supporting documents by email: martinem@halifax.ca.

To be considered, applications and supporting documents required must be received on or before the deadline posted.

2022 - 2023 AT Re - Capitalization Grant Application Package:

2022 – 2023 AT Re - Capitalization Grant Application - Organization Identification Form 
This form should be filled out ONCE if multiple projects are proposed.

2022 – 2023 AT Re - Capitalization Grant Application – Project Proposal Form
Please fill out one form for each type of project proposed

Active Transportation Maintenance and Operations Grants

Submission deadline: February 28, 2022
Email: martinem@halifax.ca

AT Maintenance and Operations Grants are awarded by HRM to eligible applicants as outlined in the Administrative Order Number 2020-011-ADM Respecting HRM’s Grant Programs for Active Transportation and Recreational Trails and the 2022 – 2023 Active Transportation Maintenance and Operations Grants Terms and Conditions. These grants can be requested to maintain existing Active Transportation corridors and their infrastructure and amenities to an accessible and/or safe standard for public use. 
Applicants must refer to the Evaluation Criteria section to support their application and provide the required documentation, according to the type of project, at the application time.

To submit a proposal, download and save the application package to your computer. 

2022 - 2023 AT Maintenance and Operations Grant Application Package:

1. 2022 – 2023 AT Maintenance and Operations Grant Application - Organization Identification and Expenses Form 

This form should be filled out ONCE whether multiple projects are proposed under the AT and/ or Recreational Trails grants are proposed.

2. 2022 – 2023 AT Maintenance and Operations Grant – AT Corridor Maintenance Plan 

Please fill out one form for each AT Corridor maintained that requires a grant from HRM.

To be considered, applications and supporting documents required must be received on or before the deadline posted to martinem@halifax.ca.

Recreational Trails Maintenance and Operations Grant Terms and Conditions and application package can be accessed by following the link below:

Recreational Trails Maintenance and Operations Grant 

Groups cannot submit applications or duplicate expenses with the Recreational Trails Maintenance and Operations Grants for the same facility, even if some is AT corridor and some recreational trails. 

Trail Associations who are submitting applications for either of the two grants, are eligible for up to $2,000 for organizational expenses directly related to supporting maintenance of trails. Details are included in the Application Package. 

Active Transportation Emergency Repairs Grants

No submission deadline. Available until funds approved by Regional Council are all awarded.
Email: martinem@halifax.ca 

AT Emergency Repairs Grants are awarded to eligible applicants to respond to emergency maintenance resulted from natural disasters, vandalism, failure of structures on existing Active Transportation multi -use pathway and its infrastructure and amenities to restore a safety standard for public use and avoid long-term facility closure within the fiscal year. 

Below is a link to the complete Active Transportation Emergency Repairs Grants which outline eligibility, evaluation criteria, terms and timelines.

Active Transportation Emergency Repairs Grants

To submit a proposal, download and save the application template. Complete the info requested and sent it along with required supporting documents by email: martinem@halifax.ca.

Active Transportation Emergency Repairs Grants Application

Active Transportation Education and Promotion Grants

Submission Deadline: 
April 11, 2022 for a project between mid-June, 2022 and March 31, 2023.
Email:  martinem@halifax.ca

AT Education and Promotion Grants are intended to support community organizations interested to propose projects that address, or partially address the HRM’s objectives identified in the 2014 AT Priorities Plan and 2017 Integrated Mobility Plan to increase the number of people walking and bicycling and improving the safety of people using these modes. Projects may include: 

•    Safety and skills training programs  
•    AT promotions and marketing programs  
•    AT education and engagement 
•    Transportation Demand Management programs 
•    AT related events

There are three types of projects measured in funding and reach:
•    Small Community project (or event):  smaller project (localized) in one or more communities in HRM can receive a grant up to $1,000: 
•    Large Community project (or event) requiring significant logistics efforts, meant to reach a broader audience in communities across HRM can receive a grant of up to $5,000
•    Major project (cannot be a one-time event) with significant logistics, partnerships and duration efforts with an intended reach across the municipality could receive a grant over $5,000

Below is a link to the complete Active Transportation Education and Promotion Grants which outline eligibility, evaluation criteria, terms and timelines.

Spring - Summer 2022 - 2023 Active Transportation Education and Promotion Grants Terms and Conditions 

To submit a proposal, please download and save on your computer the application package below. Complete the info requested, save it as <Organization name_ AT E&P Grant Spring-Summer 2022>  and sent it along with required supporting documents by email: martinem@halifax.ca

Spring - Summer 2022 - 2023 Active Transportation Education and Promotion Grant Application