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Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Queen's Park

Bill Walker MPP

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For Immediate Release
November 10, 2021

$26,400 Community Building Fund Grant helps the Allenford Curling Club safely reopen after 20-months

Allenford, Ontario – November 10, 2021: Recently, the Board and members of the Allenford Curling Club learned that the Club had received a year-long, $26,400 Community Building Fund grant. On Wednesday, MPP Bill Walker and Val Fleming, a volunteer with the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) met with members of the Club to formally congratulate them on receiving the grant and hearing more about how it will make a difference.

““This OTF grant is an investment in the Allenford Curling Club which will help support a healthy activity and facility for people in the community and from across the province, and will assist in providing a safe environment. I’m delighted to see that members will be able to participate and return to such activities as part of Covid-19 recovery, and help ensure the availability of this vibrant community which will benefit everyone for future generations to enjoy.” Bill Walker, MPP- Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.
The Ontario government is investing $105 million through the Community Building Fund, which is being delivered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, into non-profit organizations in the arts and culture, heritage, tourism and sports and recreation sectors. The sectors are critical to the social and economic fabric of Ontario and its communities, and to support their broader recovery.

The funds will be used to help the Club purchase sanitizing equipment, plexiglass barriers for the bar and kitchen areas, create new signage and modify its procedures to allow for the safe reopening of the Club as COVID-19 restrictions lessen. In addition, it will help to cover some fixed operating expenses until the Club can rebuild its membership to pre-pandemic levels, and the needed equipment needed to allow the ice crew to safely install and maintain the ice surface.
“As a curling club in a small community the Board of Directors was concerned that Allenford Curling Club would not be in a financial position to reopen this year but with the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s support, we are able to make the reopening happen.” – Rodger Dougall, Secretary, Allenford Curling Club. “Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, residents of the Allenford, Sauble Beach and surrounding communities will have a safe space to exercise and socialize over the winter.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.  

Rodger Dougall, Allenford Curling Club | 519-422-0875 |
Lisa LaPierre, MPP Bill Walker's Office | 519-371-2421 |


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