The Business of Curling initiative is the the OCA’s strategy to help guide and support Member Clubs in the successful operations of a curling facility.
Using the Business of Curling template, the OCA will identify areas to HELP GUIDE the Club’s Board and Management. After an initial consultation, the team will meet with the Board or Management and work out the final requirements. The expected outcome is the creation of a professional business plan and other documents inclusive of a detailed implementation plan.
Areas of review in collaboration with the Member Club include:
- Strategic Plan
- Policies & Procedures
The implementation plan, one approved by the Member Club Board, will be acted upon by the Member Club with the cooperation of the OCA team to monitor success and adjustments. Review meetings will be scheduled and a checklist monitoring process implemented.
A goal of the OCA’s Business of Curling Program is to provide easy access to all OCA Member Clubs on best industry practices for club operations through a series of workshops, webinars and whitepapers. Please see more on all scheduled events here>>
How to become enrolled in the OCA’s Business of Curling Program:
- Member Club designate contacts the OCA Business of Curling Coordinator, Laurence Bishop at 613-876-8150 or email: [email protected] for an initial consultation.
- Member Club designate downloads, completes and returns the OCA’s Business of Curling Club Questionnaire
- Member Club arranges a meeting between the OCA and your club to set priorities and action identified as a result of the initial review process.
Additional OCA Support Initiatives for Member Clubs
Member Club Assistance Fund (MCAF)
The Ontario Curling Association has established a dedicated fund that can only be used for Member Club assistance in the form of loans with low interest and five (5) year payback. The fund’s primary purpose is to offer Member Club’s the ability to borrow money with minimal requirements and favorable interest rates. Any Member Club is entitled to apply for funding to a maximum of $ 30,000 with interest at Prime less 1% and repayment terms of five years.
The Board of Directors along with the Fund Administrators will review the policy annually and make suggested changes as required. The dedicated fund is segregated from Operational funds and requires a formal motion from the Board to change or alter its purpose.
Please complete the application and forward to Stephen Chenier ([email protected]ontcurl.com) for review and submission to the MCAF Administrators.
Donate to the Member Club Assistance fund today and receive a charitable receipt for your contribution.
Other Funding Opportunities
A complete list of grants and funding opportunities available through provincial, federal and private sources can be found on the Ontario Curling Council website – www.ontariocurlingcouncil.com
- Club Infrastructure
- Athlete Development (NextGen, Quest for Gold)
- Coach Development
- Community/Program Development
Charitable Tax Receipting Program
Curling clubs wishing to raise funds for special projects and have donors receive charitable tax receipts can register their program through the National Sport Trust Fund – Ontario – endorsed by Curl ON and the Ontario Curling Clubs. All Curl ON affiliated clubs are eligible to apply to this fund. The fund is administered by SPORT4ONTARIO.
Details can be found here .