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Nickel City Hockey Association puts $50K grant to work

Hockey association outlines how they spent a grant from the province and Ontario Trillium Foundation last year

The Nickel City Hockey Association has put a $50,000 grant they received last year to work, with the funds credited with helping navigate the impacts brought about by the pandemic.

A media release was issued by the organization this week in which they outline how they used the Community Building Fund-Operating stream grant from the province and Ontario Trillium Foundation.

“The volunteers involved in the Nickel City Hockey Association deserve our thanks for the joy and thrills hockey brings to so many children each season. This grant will help make it possible for their good work to continue,” Nickel Belt NDP MPP France Gélinas said in a media release. 

Funds from the Community Building Fund grant were used to help cover key organizational operating costs, ice time rentals and website maintenance costs. 

“This grant has helped the Nickel City Hockey Association maintain high level hockey

programming for hundreds of kids in the community,” according to the media release, which notes its volunteers “have spent years fundraising to have the resources in place to begin each hockey season.”

“We are so grateful to have received this grant,” association first vice president Valerie Villeneuve said. “COVID-19 has been difficult for not-for-profits and small businesses. We still have costs even when our programming has been reduced or shut down. Many things are planned months in advance, which leaves us with overhead expenses. When we have no programming, we can’t recoup those costs.”

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