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Recreation and cultural groups to receive thousands in funding this year

The parks and recreation department will distribute $176,597.54 to dozens of community groups in 2021
Moose Jaw City Hall
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Twelve sports and recreation groups in Moose Jaw looking to upgrade their venues will split a municipal grant of $36,100 this year.

This is the 17th year that organizations have been invited to submit applications to the Parks, Recreation and Facilities Advisory Committee to access this funding through the Community Projects Capital Grant program, a city council report explained. 

The program’s purpose is to enable community groups to undertake capital development or renovation projects that result in short- and long-term benefits to the community. Projects must be related to the improvement of parks or venues that provide recreation, sport, arts or cultural opportunities. 

All projects must have a minimum lifespan of five years, while the City of Moose Jaw must own the buildings or lands. Organizations can receive up to 50 per cent of the project’s total cost to a maximum of 50 per cent of available funding. 

City council voted unanimously to approve the 12 projects in this year’s program during the recent regular meeting. It also voted in favour of having any applications submitted after the deadline be considered, based on existing policy guidelines that the parks and recreation department administers.

This year’s approved grants will support:

  • Crescent Park Foundation: $1,500 for tree carving
  • East Side Community Association: $3,125 for Crescent Park fitness equipment
  • Hillcrest Golf Course: $3,000 for a furnace and air conditioner replacement
  • Lynbrook Golf and Country Club: $3,000 for clubhouse renovations and netting for hole No. 3
  • Moose Jaw and District Senior Citizens Association: $1,925 for replacement of lights
  • Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins: $4,500 for video display board
  • Moose Jaw Miller Express: $2,500 for stadium spectator upgrades
  • Moose Jaw Minor Baseball Association: $800 for a storage shed
  • Moose Jaw Minor Football: $3,000 to replace a fence
  • Hillcrest Sports Centre: $7,000 for flooring renovation
  • Moose Jaw Tennis Club: $2,750 for outdoor court restoration
  • Wakamow Valley Authority: $3,000 for expansion of the disc golf course

Saskatchewan Lotteries funding program

Council also voted unanimously to approve funding for the Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant program and authorize the parks and rec department to administer and allocate the 2021-22 funds on a case-by-case basis using approved guidelines.

This program aims to encourage people to participate in sports, culture, and recreation programs for their health, well-being, and self-fulfilment, according to a council report. 

This year the City of Moose Jaw will allocate $140,497.24 to many community groups for special events and projects, such as:

  • Community Association Directorate: $59,119.44
  • Minor ice arena groups: $15,000
  • Sunningdale/VLA/West Park community associations: $2,800
  • Wakamow Valley Authority: $3,488.50
  • Moose Jaw Skating club: $2,400
  • Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins: $4,562.50
  • Moose Jaw Rugby: $5,437.50
  • Pickleball Moose Jaw: $1,250
  • Moose Jaw Minor Baseball Association: $3,525
  • Saskatchewan Festival of Words Inc.: $1,150
  • Hillcrest Golf: $558
  • Both seniors’ groups in Moose Jaw: $26,976.40 combined
  • Special Olympics Moose Jaw: $3,750
  • Moose Jaw Families for Change: $3,500
  • Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery: $2,000
  • Northwest Community Association: $1,000
  • East Side Community Association: $500
  • Sask. Shuffleboard Association: $1,267.50
  • Curl Moose Jaw Inc.: $1,162.70
  • Control Jiu-Jitsu: $562.50
  • Moose Jaw Festival of Dance: $337.50
  • Moose Jaw Music Festival: $150

The next regular council meeting is Monday, March 8.