Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) offers community grant programs to encourage the use of provincially-created recycled tire rubber products within their province.

The final 2016 round of applications to Ontario’s Community Renewal Fund (CRF) closed on November 30, 2016 and OTS is now gearing up for the application process to re-open in spring 2017.

The grant awards Ontario communities up to $50,000 to reimagine and reinvigorate their community spaces using products made by Ontario manufacturers using Ontario recycled tires. Approved grants are used towards the purchase, freight and installation of recycled tire products. Visit the OTS website for specifics on the funding available.

The CRF awards resulting from the first wave of applications earlier in 2016 were announced in October and represent a total of seven projects in six different communities across Ontario. To learn more about the uses and benefits of Ontario’s products, read the Case Studies about past grant recipients.

Ontario’s grant is open to municipalities, registered non-profit community groups or organizations, schools/colleges/universities, and First Nations communities throughout Ontario. In addition to utilizing products made from Ontario recycled rubber, projects must be accessible to the public and wheelchair accessible. Check out the FAQs for additional project criteria.

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You may also be interested in learning about the community-focused grant programs of other CATRA members:

British Columbia – Community Grant Program

Alberta – Municipal Demonstration Grant Program

Saskatchewan – Community Demonstration Grant

Manitoba – Community Grant Program

Several members also offer research and development or innovation funding programs, to develop new or improved technologies, products or services, including Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Ontario.