Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Funding program helps upgrade and renew sport facilities - first deadline Nov.12

The City of Calgary has helped provide funding to community groups to renew and upgrade sport facilities through the Sport Facility Renewal (SFR) funding program since 2008.

Acadia Community Association was granted up to $805,000 in 2013 for upgrades to the curling rink at their recreation centre - which just celebrated its reopening on Oct. 18. The upgrades included the replacement of the existing ice slabs with a new refrigerated floor system.

Now accepting applications

The City is currently accepting applications for the upcoming 2015 SFR funding program, with the project pre-screening deadline for the 2015 SFR funding program coming up on Nov. 12.  

“This progressive grant program enables community organizations the opportunity to leverage dollars to upgrade or refurbish existing sport amenities,” says Greg Steinraths, manager of Sport Partnership & Development at The City of Calgary.
More than $6M awarded since 2008

Since the program’s inception, The City has awarded more than $6 million to partner organizations such as Cardel Place, Triwood Community Association, Oakridge Community Association, the Northeast Sportsplex, and the Calgary Rugby Union.

“We’re happy to support community-based organizations as they endeavour to move forward significant projects. In fact, these amenities are critical to our sport delivery system,” says Steinraths. “The rink re-opens just in time too – as Calgarians are gearing up for their favourite winter pastimes.”
“As Calgary’s population continues to grow, so does the need for quality sport amenities. Investing in sport encourages healthy individuals, as well as, healthy and vibrant cities.”

For more information or to learn about the first step in the process, the project pre-screening (deadline Nov. 12) or for an update on all of Recreation’s projects.

Submitted by Lisa Fleece, Recreation

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