(Queen’s Park) Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees announced today that a review of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s 2010 grant to the Newmarket Soccer Club has confirmed that all funds have been accounted for.
Klees asked for a detailed accounting of the $255,500 grant following allegations that the funds may not have been properly allocated in the wake of reported financial pressures at the Newmarket club.
On October 8, 2013 Klees wrote to the Ontario Trillium Foundation CEO requesting a detailed audit of the grant to ensure that the funds were used for the purpose set out in the grant application.
Klees met today with the Diane Labelle-Davey, OTF Vice President, Community Investments who presented Klees with a comprehensive report that confirms that of the $255,500 grant received by the Newmarket Soccer Club, $180,500 has been spent on approved items under the grant, and that the remaining $132,000 are on deposit in the club’s bank account.
“After reviewing the report presented to me by Ms. Labelle-Davey, I am satisfied that the grant funds have been used for the items and activities set out in the grant,” said Klees. “I have personally reviewed the grant documents and the receipts for equipment delivered or on order, as well as the agreements related to staff salaries.”
Klees said that he requested the audit because he wanted to ensure that the air is cleared. “People’s reputations and the credibility of the organization is at stake and equally as important is to ensure that the Trillium Foundation which distributes $115 million in grants every year is providing proper oversight,” he said at the time.
“I appreciate the cooperation of the Trillium Foundation and the Newmarket Soccer Club in bringing closure to this issue,” Klees said. “Putting this issue to rest was important for both organizations”.
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