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Programs and Initiatives

Playground Activity Leaders (P.A.L.S.)

P.A.L.S. is a leadership program designed for upper elementary school students. This program teaches students to organize fun and active games on the school yard, at recess, lunch and beyond. If you have an existing Peer Mediation program at your school, as many schools do, P.A.L.S. could compliment this by providing additional leadership training, and by incorporating more physical activity, working towards the common goal of more cooperation and friendly play, with less conflict on the school yard.

P.A.L.S. Resources:

Non-curricular Innovative Physical Activity (NIPA) Grant

Formerly known as the After School Physical Activity Grant, the Non-curricular Innovative Physical Activity Grant will support programs running before school, at lunchtime or after school. Innovative programs are new and different from what is currently provided in individual schools, aiming to increase physical activity among students. Continued support for Elementary Schools and Junior High Schools to create or expand non-curricular innovative programs will be available for the 2017-2018 school year. Funds awarded through this grant can be used to cover costs of instructors, nutritional snacks, equipment and transportation if needed. Schools can access up to $3000 with an additional $1000 to be used for transportation. Attached to this memo is a copy of the grant guidelines and application. A physical activity catalogue containing various programs can be found on Document Depo – Program – Recreation. If you have any questions please contact Dustin Boudreau at

Community Use of Schools Grant

The Community Use of Schools Grant is designed to provide organizations within the Halifax Regional Municipality with improved access to school facilities and to promote healthy, active living, cultural events and educational programs. Grants will support community groups and organizations that wish to use school facilities for physical activities (ex. Cricket, Martial Arts), cultural celebrations and immigrant settling, and educational organizations (Scouts, Girl Guides, etc). This funding may be used to reduce or eliminate the cost of custodial staff and rental fees usually associated with facility leasing.