Current Grant Programs Streamlined Through New Community Recreation Support Program

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Tourism, Culture and Recreation
May 29, 2014

Recreational Opportunities Help Create Healthy Communities

Current Grant Programs Streamlined Through New Community Recreation Support Program

In an effort to streamline the application process for community recreation grants in the province, a new Community Recreation Support Program for 2014-15 has been developed. The initiative brings together three separate grant programs − Community Capital Grant Program, Physical Activity Equipment Grant Program and Community Recreation Development Grant Program − under one umbrella with the convenience of one application.

“Our government recognizes the importance of community recreation grants to towns and communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, particularly our rural areas. By streamlining the process to a single application for all community recreation grants, we are simplifying the application process and helping ensure applicants avail of relevant funding. We are always looking for opportunities to help residents of our province become more physically active, and facilitating recreational opportunities to help us achieve this goal.” 
– The Honourable Sandy Collins, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation

The Community Recreation Support Program is a strategic initiative supported by the Provincial Government’s recreation and sport strategy, Active Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador. The strategy is designed to encourage communities to plan, establish priorities and work more effectively to provide the widest and most appropriate range of recreation opportunities to meet the needs, interests and desires of Newfoundland and Labrador communities. Funding is available for a wide range of activities from developing recreation programs and building or improving facilities, to putting plans in place for community projects and programs.

Applications for the Community Recreation Support Program are available athttp://www.tcr.gov.nl.ca/tcr/formsandApplications/index.html#Recreation and can be completed online or printed and returned by mail. Information on the individual grant programs under the Community Recreation Support Program, including submission deadlines, is contained in the backgrounder below.

QUICK FACTS

  • A new Community Recreation Support Program has been developed which allows for one application for the Community Capital Grant Program, Physical Activity Equipment Grant Program and Community Recreation Development Grant Program.
  • A single application process now gives applicants access to all relevant community recreation grants.
  • Budget 2014: Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook provides $7.9 million for sport and recreation in Newfoundland and Labrador, including $ 1.6 million for the Community Recreation Support Program.
  • Since the launch of Active, Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador: A Recreation and Sport Strategy for Newfoundland and Labrador, approximately $192 million has been committed to recreational and sport infrastructure, programming, and athlete development throughout the province.

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Media contacts:

Melony O’Neill
Director of Communications
Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
709-729-0928, 689-0928
moneill@gov.nl.ca

BACKGROUNDER
Grants Available Through the Community Recreation Support Program

Community Capital Grant Program
Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 are available to retrofit and renovate existing facilities that citizens use for recreation and sport. Funding is also available to fund capital costs that increase use, lower operating costs, improve safety and increase accessibility. The construction of small scale recreation and sport facilities may also be considered. Priority will be given to projects aimed at increasing physical activity and capital projects that address safety issues within a recreation setting. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Decisions will be made by June 30, 2014, (summer projects) and October 31, 2014, (winter projects).

Physical Activity Equipment Grant Program
Funding up to $3,000 is available to support the purchase and repair of equipment that promotes physical activity. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Decisions will be made by June 30, 2014, (summer projects) and October 31, 2014, (winter projects).

Community Recreation Development Grant Program
Municipalities and incorporated recreation committees (in areas where no incorporated municipalities exists) with a population less than 6,000 are eligible to receive funding to develop recreation programs/services in their communities. Maximum funding is $6,000 Application deadline is June 20, 2014.

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