EVE-LYNN SWAN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Time is tight for Uxbridge Tennis Club (UTC) to write and submit a grant application to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, but Uxbridge Council and municipal staff will do all they can to score funds.
With May 22nd being a Capital Grant deadline, UTC treasurer Louise Saunders appeared as a last-minute delegate, at the May 6th Uxbridge committee meetings. Adding to the hasty nature of the club’s presentation was the news, Uxbridge’s population is over 20,000, and Saunders would need to have the Township of Uxbridge be part of the Trillium grant application.
Saying her club is “busting at the seams,” the Treasurer told Council, the two courts located by the Uxbridge arena are busy with league games, lessons, and camps. There are courts in Goodwood, too, but they aren’t useful in a tournament and having players at varying locations “doesn’t help the social nature of the club.”
The club estimates the cost of building four new courts to be $250,000 and hopes to qualify for up to $150,000 from Trillium. Space for the courts has been set aside at the Fields of Uxbridge recreation area, on Main Street, north of the town. The club has money set aside and has arranged for a donation of gravel from SAS Aggregate. The Town has set aside $50,000 in reserve funds.
Tennis courts are in the Uxbridge capital spending budget for 2021, but, if staff could help the club meet the deadline, Finance Committee Chair Bruce Garrod said, he’d consider it a win to gain $150,000 in Trillium funds.
Chief Administrative Officer Ingrid Svelnis was also supportive, telling Saunders to “take a run at Trillium, and, if nothing else, learn some lessons. They’ll tell you why you were denied and we can use that information when we re-apply.”
Council expressed their support, and a request for assistance was referred to staff.
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