Saskatchewan centres invited to participate in community rink affordability grant

Applications are now being taken for the Community Rink Affordability Grant after a committment of $1.7 million to the program from the provincial government.

Reinstated in 2020-21, the grant was distributed to 372 organizations to help support operations and minor capital upgrades to more than 580 ice surfaces.

“Across Saskatchewan, ice rinks serve as community hubs for gathering and physical activity,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Laura Ross said. “With all the challenges that COVID-19 has created, the Community Rink Affordability Grant helps with costs associated with running locally-owned rinks. Whether it’s skating, curling, or playing hockey, rinks are important to the health and wellbeing of community residents and contributes to our quality of life.”

The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) administers and delivers the program on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan.

Communities, First Nations, schools, and non-profits are eligible and encouraged to register for an annual grant of $2,500 per indoor ice surface.

To learn more and register for the Community Rink Affordability Grant program, please complete the online form found on the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association website at www.spra.sk.ca/funding/spra-grants.

Applications can be submitted until January 15, 2022.

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