2021 Halifax South Downtown District Capital Grants

PROPOSED 2022 PB dates coming soon. Due to ongoing and needed COVID-19 restrictions Participatory Budgeting did not take place this year. 

For the second year in a row, COVID restrictions meant we were unable to have a face-to-face Participatory Budget.

This year, residents and community non-profit groups in District 7 were invited to apply for District Capital Funding. There were two project streams – a big projects category that funds up to $10,000 and a small project category that will fund up to $5,000 or less.  

District Capital Funds are for permanent projects that provide publicly accessible benefits in the community and that provide widespread community benefit. Priority is given to projects that are intergenerational or focused on youth or seniors, and which work to address equity, inclusion, and systemic racism in our community.  Projects must provide the broadest public benefit, and meet all HRM policies and guidelines

In late June, Liam and I met virtually and approved the projects listed below, and all of these have reservations made or cheques mailed to them already!  

In addition to the applicants who came into this year’s program, several projects over the last few years came in under budget or never took place, which had allowed some additional allocations to take place, which I’ve also listed.

There will be a couple of additional projects funded in the Fall.

I am really looking forward to bringing back in-person voting and the fun of Participatory Budgeting in 2022/23!

2021/22 Funded Projects:

  • Spring Garden Area Business Assocation for signage and wayfairing program – $15,000.00 
  • Old Burying Fround Foundation repair tone wall – $4,261.30 
  • Funny Pages Festival Web design – $2,000.00 
  • St. Paul’s Church Indigenous Garden – $5,000.00 
  • Halifax Dance Workshop Program – $5,530.00 
  • Gorsebrook Junior High School installation of flag pole, benches, bike rack, garbage cans – $10,000.00 
  • LeMarchant St. Thomas Home & School Assoc. Playground Equipment and Grounds – $0,000.00 
  • Halifax Lancers Society staging, tent, sound equipment and signage – $10,000.00 
  • The Friends of the Public Gardens Society, equipment, logistical and accessibility improvements – $10,000.00 
  • St Joseph’s MacKay Home and School Assoc. playground equipment, picnic tables and benches – $10,000.00 
  • The Universal Unitarian Church of Halifax, upgrades sidewalks, accessibility uprades and sitting area – $10,000.00 
  • Downtown Halifax Business Commission Mural at the Entertainment Corner – $10,000.00 

Additional Projects:

  • Halifax Minor Baseball Assoc. Batting Cage at Conrose Park – $10,000.00 
  • North End Business Assoc Banner Project – $2,000.00 
  • Parker Street Food & Furniture Bank Refrigerator – $2,000.00

WHAT CAN DISTRICT CAPITAL FUNDS BE USED FOR?

District Capital Funds are for permanent projects that provide publicly accessible benefits in the community and that provide widespread community benefit. Priority will be given to projects that are:

  • Intergenerational or focused on youth or seniors
  • Work to address equity, inclusion, and systemic racism in our community
  • Provide the broadest public benefit
  • Meet all HRM policies and guidelines – there are a bunch of rules that help define what can and can’t be funded, you can read the HRM District Capital Policy here.

SUBMIT A PROJECT

  • Complete the Fund Request Form (download the request form here.)
  • Include a Letter of Request from your not-for-profit Community Group or organization including a description of the project and the benefit to the community.
  • Submit your application to Liam MacSween in Councillor Mason’s Office. Liam’s email is macswel@Halifax.CA or you can call him at 902-490-2012 if you have any questions.
  • Our goal is that any project that goes to a decision is completed and ready to submit to HRM Finance as soon as the deadline is passed.  All projects must have all paperwork ready, signed, and submitted by the application day!
  • Applications are preferred via email!  If you must – mail or courier can be sent to Liam MacSween – Council Support Office, PO Box 1749 Halifax, NS B3J 3A5

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Each organization may only submit one project per year.
  • We must have evidence that a previous project is complete before an organization can apply for more funds.
  • Please provide proof that your organization is registered with the Registry of Joint Stocks as a Society or NFP Coop. (how to do this is in our FAQ)

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION
5pm Monday June 28, 2021

ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for this program, you must be a public school, a not-for-profit community group or organization – or be partnered with one.

You should know in advance that all HRM policies and guidelines must be met. There are a bunch of rules that help define what can and can’t be funded, you can read the HRM District Capital Policy here.

If you are proposing a change or installation to a park or school grounds, your proposal must have clearance from HRM/HRCE staff prior to submitting your application.

Organizations are eligible to receive funds from only one HRM grant program in any one fiscal year – Eg. Festivals and Events, Trains Capital Grants, or Community Grants.

Be sure to contact staff in advance to ensure your project is eligible and your form is complete.

Read the results of the 2018 and older votes here.