Ontario Helping Non-Profits in Niagara Respond to the Challenges of COVID-19
Beamsville – The Ontario government 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, including $2,258,100 in community groups and local municipalities across Niagara – this includes $58,500 for Branch 612 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Beamsville and $60,900 for Branch 393 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Smithville.
The funding will assist the Beamsville legion in creating accessible entry ways with automated doors, parking and a fully accessible washroom, helping the local legion become an all-inclusive sports and recreation facility.
The funding will assist the Smithville legion in creating safe and accessible parking at the local legion’s two entrances and providing an accessible entrance and washroom in the lower level.
“COVID-19 has been a challenge for so many not-for-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations, and I am proud that our government is supporting their recovery though the Community Building Fund,” said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.
“Organizations such as the Beamsville and Smithville legions are the bedrock of our community. By helping them weather the storm, we are ensuring people across West Niagara will have the opportunity to safely reconnect with the many things that make this community special.”
“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has supported those struggling the most,” said Hon. 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 reopen.”
Additional Community Building Fund projects across Niagara include $139,600 for the South Niagara Canoe Club in Welland to create socially-distanced outdoor space for dryland training; $218,400 for the Niagara Cricket Club in Thorold to install improved lighting; $78,900 for Heartland Forest in Niagara Falls to install accessible concrete walkways; $498,000 for the YMCA of Niagara to replace flooring and install automatic doors at three health, fitness and aquatic centres; $500,000 for the Town of Fort Erie to install a new splash pad, $214,000 for the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake to replace the roof of Centennial Arena, and, as announced earlier this week, $489,800 for the Town of Pelham to make important upgrades at Centennial Park in Fenwick.
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. The fund is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) through two streams: the Operating Stream and Capital Stream.
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.