The Fort Frances Curling Club, Curl Moncton, and the Sydney Curling Club in Sydney, N.S., were each recipients of low-interest $25,000 loans from Curling Canada to improve their respective facilities.
The revamped Curling Assistance Program, which was launched this past summer, offers low-interest loans, to a maximum of $25,000, from Curling Canada to Canadian curling centres to help them remain sustainable over the long-term and provide capital for such items as roofing, chillers, compressors, lighting, warm-area renovations and curling stones.
The Fort Frances Curling Club is using the loan to cover to the cost of long-needed roof repairs at its six-sheet facility.
“The Fort Frances Curling Club greatly appreciates Curling Canada's financial assistance,” said Raymond Roy, vice-president of the Fort Frances Curling Club.
“After many years with a leaking roof this assistance will allow us to repair our roof this summer and finally remove all the water collection buckets,” he added.
Curl Moncton, meanwhile, will use its loan to help cover the costs of a new compressor—part of its expansion from five to 10 sheets.
A roof replacement is also on tap at the four-sheet Sydney Curling Club, which has increased its membership by nearly 50 percent over the past three years.
“We're very pleased that we can play a role in helping Canada's curling centres remain viable and continue to be a part of sport fabric in our country,” said Katherine Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of Curling Canada.
“Curl Moncton, the Fort Frances Curling Club, and the Sydney Curling Club put together very strong applications and we're excited to see what's happening at these curling centres, based on what we saw in their well-thought-out and complete business plans,” she added.