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11/26/2015 3:35:06 PM

MLSE Foundation, in partnership with Sentry Investments, 3TO6 Team and Kelly Silverstein Memorial Fund, introduced the Regent Park Granting Consortium and the RPAG (Regent Park Athletic Grounds) Grants on Thursday afternoon. MLSE Foundation Executive Director Michael Bartlett was joined by Regent Park Granting Consortium representatives, Dixon Hall representatives and youth from the Regent Park community for the announcement at Nelson Mandela Park Public School.

The RPAG Grants is a $1 million grant program focused on sport development in the Regent Park community. Supported by funding from Sentry Investments, 3TO6 Team and Kelly Silverstein Memorial Fund, MLSE Foundation will award grants to sports and recreational-based programs and initiatives that will utilize the Regent Park Athletic Grounds. With a focus on capacity building and sustainable programs, the Regent Park Granting Consortium will look to support up to five organizations per year with an annual investment totaling $250,000.

“MLSE Foundation is excited to introduce the Regent Park Granting Consortium,” said Michael Bartlett, Executive Director, MLSE Foundation. “Along with our generous funding partners, we want to demonstrate to the residents of Regent Park that we will be engaged in their community after the opening of the Regent Park Athletic Grounds. These capacity building grants will increase the program and resources available to help shape sport and life skills outcomes for youth in the surrounding neighbourhoods.”

The Regent Park Athletic Grounds is a capital project of MLSE Foundation, developed in partnership with Toronto Community Housing, The Daniels Corporation and the City of Toronto, and is a key highlight of Toronto Community Housing’s revitalization of the area. When open in 2016, this state-of-the-art sports facility will provide the youth of Regent Park with a refurbished hockey rink, as well as a new basketball court and artificial turf soccer/cricket pitch. Sentry Investments, 3TO6 Team and Kelly Silverstein Memorial Fund have been instrumental in the opening of the Regent Park Athletic Grounds and have now shifted their focus to capacity development of organizations and individuals in the Regent Park community through the program.

Registered charities that provide sports and recreational-based programming for youth in Regent Park, Moss Park, St. James Town and River Town have the opportunity to apply for a grant via online application. The recipient will then be determined by a selection committee based on specific grant criteria. The funding model is designed to be responsive to the needs of the community. Depending on the caliber and quantity of applications, funding can be administered in a number of different ways. A maximum number of five grants will be administered each granting cycle for a total of $250,000 each year for four years. The winner of each grant will receive a cheque from MLSE Foundation at a special ceremony in their community. Eligible charities are encouraged to visit http://www.mlsefoundation.org/How-We-Give/RPAG-Grants.aspx to submit an application.

About MLSE Foundation

MLSE Foundation believes all kids should have access to sport and the opportunity to develop lasting dreams on the playing field. With the support of MLSE’s teams - the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Marlies - the Foundation funds the refurbishment of local athletic facilities and programs that support kids through sports and recreation. Since launching in December 2009, the MLSE Foundation has invested more than $19 million into our community. For more information, visit mlsefoundation.org, or follow @MLSEFoundation.
About Sentry Investments

Sentry Investments was founded in 1997 and is one of Canada's fastest-growing independent asset management companies. Sentry manages over $18 billion in assets on behalf of more than 500,000 Canadian investors. Sentry offers a diverse range of award-winning investment products available through financial advisors, including domestic and global mutual funds, and separately managed accounts. For more information, visit sentry.ca. Sentry, Sentry Investments and the Sentry Investments logo are trademarks of Sentry Select Capital Corp.
About 3TO6 Team

The 3TO6TEAM is a group of local ambassadors supporting the MLSE Foundation in raising funds for youth recreational programs in Regent Park. As part of the revitalization of Regent Park, the MLSE Foundation's Athletic Grounds project will provide 2,810 youth access to sports and play by transforming a portion of Toronto’s East downtown area into an innovative athletic grounds. Our vision is to have hockey, basketball, soccer, and cricket – side by side in Regent Park, all contributing to the health of the community. A place where tenants and owners, young and old, come together to play, to watch friends and neighbours play, and where everyone shares the fun and excitement of both competitive and non-competitive sports.
About Kelly Silverstein Memorial Fund

Kelly Silverstein Memorial Fund was created to honour Kelly, a family man, coach, mentor and friend, who passed away from Leukemia in 2007. The Silverstein Family wanted to ensure that he was remembered by giving back to the community and so they started the annual golf tournament. For the past three years the family partnered with MLSE Foundation to help raise money for the development of the Regent Park basketball court. Kelly Silverstein loved the sport and was always involved both as an athlete and a coach. Thus, his family believed that donating to a project that would give other children the chance to play basketball would be the perfect way to honour him. 
About the Regent Park Redevelopment

Toronto Community Housing’s revitalization of Regent Park, which began in 2005, is creating a vibrant mixed-income, mixed-use neighbourhood by replacing 2,083 aging rent-geared-to-income rental units, while working with partners to add market condominium buildings, townhomes, commercial space, community facilities, active parks and open space.


Media contact:
Melissa Perri, MLSE, 416-815-5524, Melissa.Perri@MLSE.com