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26 Jun, 2015

Welcoming a new patron: Rethink. Rebuild. Renew… with the Community Renewal Fund

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons

I’m very pleased to introduce a new patron to the Fishbowl: the Ontario Tire Stewardship. OTS is doing something really cool and I thought you’d like to know about it. The Community Renewal Fund is a fund offered by Ontario Tire Stewardship that gives Ontario communities the opportunity to build spaces using sustainable materials made with recycled rubber from Ontario tires. The fund 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, athletic and arena flooring, sidewalk pavers, and even playground surfacing. (!)

Basically, old tires are saved from the landfill, and a community gets a special space of their own. Check out these past recipients of the fund and see how recycled tires have made a big difference in communities across the province.

How many tires are we talking about here? Well, it’s significant.

OTS recycled tires

The Community Renewal Fun is designed to:

  • Rethink the way people approach new projects and consider sustainable options.
  • Support Ontario’s economy by choosing to Rebuild old or inefficiently used spaces using products made from locally produced recycled materials.
  • Renew public areas so they reach their full potential and can be enjoyed by the entire community.

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 space must be publicly accessible and wheelchair accessible too.

This year they have brought the entire application process online, making it even easier to apply. To get started, all eligible communities need to do is submit their proposal on the online submissions page.

It’s a win-win situation, don’t you think? The Community Renewal Fund is a wonderful way to build a better community while supporting the local economy – and the environment!

Visit Rethinktires.ca to apply online and learn more about the Community Renewal Fund.


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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