Grant helps Cyclones swim club keep head above water

Press Release

Fort Frances, ON (September 20, 2022) – In 2021, the Cyclone Swim Club learned it would receive a $46,400 Community Building Fund grant from the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Trillium Foundation that provided it with funds to support both coaching and pool rental fees for the 2021-2022 season.

“Our government is proud to promote active, connected communities across the North with targeted investments like the Community Building Fund,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River. “By supporting the Cyclone Swim Club in their 18th year, we are ensuring families in Fort Frances continue to have the opportunity to ‘make a splash’ close to home.”

The Cyclones held an open house recently, to show off the club and its accomplishments. The competitive swim club was recently awarded a $46,000 Ontario Trillium Fund Grant, to help offset the costs of pool rentals and coaching. – Allan Bradbury photos

The Cyclone Swim Club is the only local swimming club serving youth in the Rainy River District. The pandemic resulted in the pool being shutdown, a decrease in participants, as well as an interruption of a consistent revenue stream for the Club. The Community Building Fund grant provided a much-needed boost in financial support which enabled the Cyclone Swim Club to keep its coaching staff and pay pool rental costs during this tumultuous time. The grant also enabled it to keep its fees steady so that increased costs were not passed to participants.

“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Tara Tolley, Vice-Chair of the Cyclone Swim Club. “The support received has allowed us to continue operating and implement planning for the future of the club.”

The Cyclone Swim Club gives local youth the opportunity to develop and enhance their own swimming abilities, learn the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship, and enable them to participate in a sport they love in either a competitive or non-competitive stream. Its coaches train swimmers from the age six and upwards, working with them to improve proficiency in amateur aquatic sports for use in competition and to develop lifelong skills.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) mission is to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario. As an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations, last year, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Since 2020, OTF has supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.