Community Use of Schools Grant
To support affordable access to community facilities the Ontario Government developed the Community Use of Schools Grant. Through the grant the Ministry of Education provides funding to school boards to support affordable access to school space outside school hours by subsidizing rental fees for non-profits, with priority access for those serving youth and low-income groups.
Priority Schools Initiative
As part of the Community Use of Schools program the Ministry also provides Priority Schools funding, to select school boards, so non-profits, especially those serving youth and low income groups have ‘FREE’ after-hours access in communities that need it most. The Lambton Kent District School Board has received 2016-17 funding for Great Lakes Secondary School.
Recognized Non-Profit Organizations Rental Fees
While the Ministry’s Community Use of Schools and Priority Schools initiatives are in place subsidized rental fees apply, should these initiatives end regular rates apply: Non-Profit Rental Fees
To verify non-profit status a Registered Charitable Status Number or copy of the organizations Letters Patent is required.
Not a Recognized Non-Profit Organization?
If you want to rent a school facility and are not a recognized non-profit organization the following rental rates apply: Rental Fees
The following community use rental categories, also referred to as permit types, determine priority of use and rental fees:
Category B3 – Youth leadership programs such as Scouts, Guides, Cadets. Parish/Church programs such as Bible Clubs, Parish Councils, Catholic Women’s League. (excluding services of worship)
Category B4 – Youth sport/recreation programs.
Category B5 – Community programs such as adult recreational programs, special interest clubs, health associations, senior groups, service clubs, local cultural groups, other educational groups.
Category C – Tournaments and Exhibition games open to participants from outside Lambton Kent.
Category D – Programs of a commercial nature and/or operate for private or corporate gain.
Priority of Use
Applications are NOT approved solely on a first-come, first-serve basis. To ensure all sectors of the community have access to school facilities on an equitable basis usage priorities have been established. The primary use of school facilities, building and grounds, is for the delivery of education to students. School day activities, extra-curricular activities and parent involvement activities organized or administered by the school/board have priority use of space during and after regular school hours.When rentable spaces are not required, outside regular school hours, for school/board programs and rental groups desire the same time frame and the same location the following factors will be taken into consideration; the rental category and activity, potential for alternative venues, previous history of the rental group and long-term bookings vs. single use bookings.