Community Renewal Fund – Learn More

From skating rinks to parking lots and playgrounds, recycled tire products can be used in any community space. That's why we've created the Community Renewal Fund! We want communities to think green when planning their community projects by using products made with recycled Ontario tires.

What funding is available?

Grants of up to $50,000 are available to help fund building projects that use products made by Ontario Recycled Product Manufacturers using Ontario recycled rubber. Eligible projects can receive the following funding:

  • An amount equal to 50% of the rubber product cost for manufactured products such as sidewalk tiles, playground tiles, athletic surfacing, roof shingles, flooring underlayment; or pour-in-place rubber paving
  • An amount equal to 25% of the cost of recycled rubber for granular products such as loose rubber mulch for landscaping or playgrounds, or synthetic infill
  • An additional amount up to $5,000 to help offset the cost of delivery and installation of rubber products
  • The applicant must contribute an amount to the project equal to or exceeding the grant requested
  • HST (PST&GST) is not included in the funding

Grant funds may only be used towards the purchase, freight and installation of recycled tire products. Please note that funding for installation will be provided if the supplier/installer provides a written warranty that includes base preparation, where applicable, and the installation of the recycled rubber products.

Who is eligible?

The grant is open to municipalities, registered non-profit community groups or organizations, schools/colleges/universities, and First Nations communities throughout Ontario. To qualify, projects must utilize products made from Ontario recycled rubber and be completed within 12 months of approval. The space must be publicly accessible and wheelchair accessible.

Project selection will be based on a number of criteria, including:

  • Geographic location and the innovativeness of project
  • Type of project and tire-derived product(s) used
  • Project completion date

Applicants are encouraged to engage directly with suppliers to assess the opportunities to source recycled rubber products made by Ontario companies using tires collected through the Ontario Used Tires Program. Click here to browse products and manufacturers.

Signage & Promotion

Consistent with the Grant program objective to raise awareness of products made from Ontario recycled rubber OTS will seek to promote approved and completed projects through a range of channels including but not limited to:

  • Signage at the project site
  • Postings on the OTS website
  • OTS printed materials
  • News articles
  • Trade publications
  • Conferences and Tradeshows


Other guidelines and requirements

  • Projects must be completed by December 31st, 2017.
  • Funding is available only for products made in Ontario using Ontario recycled rubber. Check with your supplier, as even companies listed on this website have operations in multiple provinces. We will need confirmation from the supplier that the product(s) meet this requirement.
  • Supplier/Installer must provide written acknowledgment certifying that recycled rubber products being used are made from Ontario recycled tires. This statement must appear on the quote or in accompanying paperwork as part of your grant application submission.
  • Grant funds will be provided by OTS only upon successful completion of the project and submission to OTS of all applicable documentation and requested information. At the commencement of the project build, the Applicant must contact OTS to arrange for signage. No funds will be released to the Applicant prior to project completion. Applicant must provide photographic proof that OTS-supplied signage has been erected.
  • Recycled tire products must be professionally installed and include a warranty for both the installation and the product. This includes the base preparation, where applicable, and the installation of the product itself. If using volunteer labour, detailed installation plans must be included with your application. Funds may not be available for Volunteer installation.
  • Products intended to provide fall protection (like playground surfacing) must meet CSA fall height standards. More information on applicable fall heights may be found by contacting the CSA or by visiting
  • OTS accepts no legal liability for the project. Products must be installed according to manufacturer’s specifications and selected in accordance with governing codes or standards. OTS cannot be held liable for inappropriate product specification.
  • OTS reserves the right to inspect the completed product installation prior to final release of funds.
  • In reviewing Community Grant applications OTS reserves all rights regarding project selection and amount of Grant awarded to applicants, regardless of the nature of the project.
  • All permits and contracts of development are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Approved applicants agree to provide access to OTS or any of OTS’ representatives to all financial records, performance data or other documentation related to the project.

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