TRURO - Two community projects are competing in an online funding competition.
Both the ‘save Scotia Pool Using green technology' and Truro's Cougar Dome indoor tennis and multi-sport facility project are vying for the Aviva Community Fund, among hundreds of other submissions.
The Scotia Pool project was in the first round and was one of the submissions selected to move into the second of three qualifying rounds. The Cougar Dome is just entering the second stage of the contest. Online voting is Monday until Nov. 4 for the web-based competition that has a prize of $150,000 for a community project.
Glenda Bower, spokeswoman for the Scotia Pool Society, told the Truro Daily News the advancement is a blessing.
"We are very excited and are hopeful we are going all the way. We've had a lot of community support," said Bower, adding the pool's submission received more than 1,100 votes in the first round.
Tanya Colburne, director of the Cougar Dome, told this paper "we are just getting involved now but I think we have a great chance. The facility is inclusive and truly for everyone" including seniors and people of various levels of sports skills.
Both projects are broker sponsored, meaning they are earning extra points thanks to the support of insurance brokers.
Bower said there were 837 projects in the first round and 30 automatically made it to the semifinal. To vote for the local projects, log onto www.avivacommunityfund.org. The Cougar Dome's designated project number is ACF18482 and Scotia Pool's number is ACF17434.
Projects that advance to the third qualifying round will go through another round of community voting that will take place from Nov. 11 to 25.