Ontario communities can apply for $50K in grants for a green facelift

Survey shows Ontarians want sustainable development in their communities

TORONTO, April 18, 2017 /CNW/ - Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) has reopened its Community Renewal Fund (CRF) providing funding for green community and non-profit projects in the province. The fund gives Ontario communities up to $50,000 toward building or renewing spaces using sustainable materials made with recycled Ontario tire rubber.

Through the CRF grant program, a total of 60 community projects across Ontario have been awarded funding for new and need-to-be-renewed public spaces, like playground and fitness tracks. According to a recent poll conducted by OTS, nine in 10 Ontarians believe it is important to incorporate sustainable materials in the planning and execution of community projects.

"At Ontario Tire Stewardship, we want to give local communities the opportunity to design or update public spaces using sustainable materials made from recycled tires," says Andrew Horsman, executive director of OTS. "The Community Renewal Fund has been supporting forward-thinking communities in their desire to create green spaces, and strengthening the Ontario economy, creating a truly functioning circular economy."

Communities and eligible non-profit organizations in the province can apply for funding through the CRF immediately. Selected recipients could receive up to $50,000 towards the purchase and installation of Ontario-manufactured recycled rubber products.   

OTS is pleased to announce that an additional 11 spaces in eight communities will receive a green facelift through the 2016 Community Renewal Fund program as they Rethink, Rebuild and Renew their community spaces. This compliments the 11 projects in nine communities announced in early 2016.  To date, more than $1 million dollars in grants have been awarded to support sustainable projects across the province.

2016 CRF recipients include:

  • TorontoIrving Chapley Park
  • Toronto – Evergreen Brick Works skating arena
  • Richmond Hill – Hidden Springs Parkette
  • Toronto – Ionview Park  
  • Temiskaming – Dymond Firefighters Park
  • London – Material Recovery Facility
  • Ottawa – Giver 150 Park
  • Mississippi Mills – Gemmill Park  
  • Arran-Elderslie – Union Street sidewalks
  • Brant – Burford Community Centre Park  
  • Erin – Community Centre and Arena

For more information about the OTS Community Renewal Fund, visit rethinktires.ca.

About Ontario Tire Stewardship

Established in 2009, Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) is an Industry Funding Organization (IFO) incorporated under Ontario's Waste Diversion Act, to implement and operate the Used Tires Program.

At OTS, we are transforming the relationship Ontarians have with the lifecycle of their tires, through a comprehensive approach that takes into account our environment, our economy and our quality of life. More than 100 million tires have been recycled through the Used Tires program, with 100 per cent of used tires collected in Ontario responsibly recycled into new products, leading to more livable communities and a growing green economy in this province. 

SOURCE Ontario Tire Stewardship

For further information: To arrange an interview with an Ontario Tire Stewardship representative please contact: Eric McLean, 416-969-2658 / emclean@environicspr.com; Stefanie Corasaniti, 647-426-6264 / scorasaniti@rethinktires.ca

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