Schools interested in receiving upgrades can get a supportive hand with the Community Partnerships Incentive Plan.
CPIP is a program that supports school-based projects by matching the funds raised by the community with a contribution from the Grand Erie District School Board. Funds are used to match the monies raised by a school from outside sources, such as donations and/or school fundraising activities, for qualifying buildings and grounds projects estimated to a maximum of $10,000 per school. CPIP has been available to Grand Erie schools for more than a decade.
Proposed projects must meet the normal qualifications for work that is undertaken by the annual Facility Renewal Grant budget process. The installation of creative playground equipment, swings, climbing equipment, etc. is not funded through Facility Renewal budgets therefore money raised for playground equipment will not be eligible for CPIP matching funds. However, other outside work such as basketball standards, backboards and nets, baseball backstops and field upgrades will be eligible.
To qualify for consideration, school principals must submit applications using the forms provided to the appropriate Facility Services Maintenance Supervisor each fall. The application must include a description of the project, the overall project budget, and the amount of community funds the school is planning to put toward the project.
Facilities Services is pleased to assist schools in the pre-application process, such as code requirements and cost estimates. Funds are limited and only a limited number of projects will be approved.