Applications for the Community Rink Affordability Grant are now open in Saskatchewan.
After a short hiatus, the program was brought back in the 2020-21 fiscal year and is returning for this fiscal year. The provincial government has set aside $1.7 million for the program, which provides funding to community-owned indoor skating and curling rinks.
"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 program is administered and delivered by the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association. Communities, First Nations, schools and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply and can receive an annual grant of $2,500 per indoor ice surface to be used towards the operational costs of the facility.