New grants available for surfacing for playgrounds in Ontario

On May 30, 2011 Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) will officially launched its Community Grant Program. The program awards eligible Ontario-based communities and organizations up to $50,000 towards the purchase and installation of Ontario-manufactured recycled rubber products such as rubber mulch, roof shingles and sidewalk tiles – which helps the environment while supporting Ontario’s economy.

The Community Grant Program encourages Ontario communities and organizations to think green, when planning their projects; build green, by using recycled rubber products; and grow green, by using products made by Ontario recyclers and manufacturers. The grant is open to municipalities, registered non-profit community groups or organizations, schools/colleges/universities, and First Nations communities throughout Ontario. To qualify, projects must use products made from Ontario recycled rubber and be completed within 12 months of approval. The applicant must contribute an amount equal to or exceeding the grant requested (to a maximum of $20,000) to the project. This contribution may be in the form of in-kind or other contracted services.

Eligible projects fall under two categories:

•       “Granular Products” such as mulch for landscaping or playgrounds, crumb rubber (whether black or colored) and pour-in-place products are eligible for grants of $70/tonne of Ontario recycled rubber, up to $25,000;

•       Manufactured Products such as patio tiles, sidewalks, athletic surfacing, roof shingles, underlayment, sub-flooring and others are eligible for grants of $110/tonne of Ontario recycled rubber, up to $50,000.

To raise awareness for this innovative environmental campaign, OTS will promote winning projects through activities such as on-site signage, website postings, printed materials and trade shows. Outreach to the media and relevant trade associations begam the week of May 30. Information about the Community Grant Program, including the application process, will be live  at www.ontarioTS.ca or can be obtained by e-mailing info@OntarioTS.ca effective May 30. Applicants are encouraged to engage directly with suppliers to assess the opportunities to source recycled rubber products made by Ontario companies with tires from the Ontario Used Tires Program.  One company that qualifies is one of accessibleplayground.net’s sponsors: SofSurfaces

Please contact Andrew Horsman or Susanne Robins, OTS Director of Promotion and Education ,if you have any questions.

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