Government Reminds Rinks to Apply for the 2015 Community Rink Affordability Grant
Applications for the Community Rink Affordability Grant are being accepted until December 15, 2015. The Community Rink Affordability Grant provides funding to Saskatchewan’s community-owned indoor skating and curling rinks.
Communities, schools, non-profits and First Nations are eligible to apply to the program. Successful applicants receive an annual grant of $2,500 per indoor ice surface. The grant may be used to offset the cost of rink operations and minor capital upgrades. Over the past three years, the program has granted $4.8 million.
The Government of Saskatchewan is committing $1.7 million to the grant program for its fourth year in 2015.
“The Community Rink Affordability Grant has financial impact beyond the $2,500 payment per ice surface,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty said. “Many of the communities across the province use the funding to offset operational costs and are able to provide free or reduced cost programming to the community’s citizens as a result. Other rinks have used the funding toward energy-efficient investments which create utility savings into the future.
“The benefits of the Community Rink Affordability Grant to our province’s communities and citizens are far reaching, and the Government of Saskatchewan is proud of this initiative.”
Since 2011, the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) has administered and delivered the program. The SPRA is doing so again in 2015.
To register for the Community Rink Affordability Grant program, please complete the online form found on the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association’s website at www.spra.sk.ca/crag.