Ontario is providing close to $46 million to support 186 municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations experiencing significant pressures due to COVID-19.
In Hastings-Lennox and Addington, Loyalist Township is receiving $243,100 and the Town of Bancroft is receiving $500,000 from the Province of Ontario Community Building Fund, according to a release from MPP Daryl Kramp’s office.
“COVID-19 has been a challenge for so many not-for-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations, and I am proud our government is supporting their recovery through the Community Building Fund,” said H-L&A MPP Kramp. “Operations such as the Bancroft arena are the bedrock of our community. By helping them and by helping the Community Centre in Loyalist Township weather the pandemic storm, we are ensuring people can safely re-connect with fellow citizens.”
“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has supported those struggling the most,” added Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “These capital grants will help municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit organizations make repairs or upgrades needed to their sport and recreation facilities to adapt to the pressures of the pandemic so they can continue to deliver programming critical to the economic and social well-being of communities across the province once their doors re-open.”
In total, the province’s Community Building Fund is investing $105 million to support community arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation organizations that are experiencing significant financial pressures due to COVID-19, according to the release. The fund is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) through two streams: Operating and Capital. The Capital stream, which closed on September 29, 2021, is providing organizations across the province with support for:
- Construction or renovation expenses, such as materials, labour for construction and/or installation.
- Fixed equipment costs, such as large-scale fixed equipment for installation (examples include heating systems, exhaust and air conditioning systems).
- Developmental costs or project management costs.
“Since its launch, Ontario has provided 834 Community Building Fund grants to community organizations, municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit sport and recreation organizations – enhancing the quality of life for people across the province and supporting local jobs,” said Minister MacLeod.
For a full list of Community Building Fund: Capital stream recipients, visit the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s website.