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Applications for Community Development Grant Program Available Now

The Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation is accepting applications for Community Development Grant Program. This is a great opportunity for non-profit, municipalities, local service districts, recreation committees and others to expand activity in their rural region, as it is only available to Towns and Communities with a population of less than 6,000 people. More information can be found at: http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2011/tcr/0415n07.htm

Tourism, Culture and Recreation
April 15, 2011

Applications for Community Development Grant Program Available Now

Applications for the Community Recreation Development Grant Program 2011-12 are now available online. The program assists communities and recreation committees throughout the province to provide recreation programming and services to residents.

“This program provides all residents across the province with the opportunity to become more physically active and to participate in local recreation programs and services offered in their communities,” said the Honourable Terry French, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. “Applications have been sent in the mail to more than 300 municipalities and recreation committees that have previously received financial support through this grant program. I encourage those who haven’t received an application to go online, or to contact the department, to learn more about the program and its benefits.”

Community recreation development grants are available to communities with a population of 6,000 or less. Applications are considered based on their alignment with the priorities outlined in the province’s recreation and sport strategy, Active, Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador (2007). These priorities include providing increased access to programming for all residents; making the best use of community facilities; building community capacities, and promoting the inclusion of traditionally under-represented groups, especially women and girls, seniors, Aboriginal people, and those with disabilities.

For program guidelines and applications, please visit: www.tcr.gov.nl.ca/tcr/sports/community_recreation_development_grants.html or contact David Doyle, recreation and sport consultant, Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation at 709-729-5281, daviddoyle@gov.nl.ca.

The deadline to submit applications is April 28, 2011.

Budget 2010: The Right Investments – For Our Children and Our Future provided about $7 million through the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation to support recreation and sport initiatives. This included over $1.3 million in new funding. Since the launch of the Provincial Government’s recreation and sport strategy more than $70 million has been committed to recreational and sport infrastructure, programming, and athlete development throughout the province.

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Media contact:

Diana Quinton
Director of Communications
Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
709-729-0928, 631-8155
DianaQuinton@gov.nl.ca

2011 04 15                                                                                12:05 p.m.

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