TRURO – Two local community groups competing for online funding have come to the end of their online efforts.
Bible Hill’s Scotia Pool and Truro’s Cougar Dome were participating in the Aviva Community Fund, a web-based competition that has a prize of $150,000 for a community project.
Both community bids failed to make it past the third qualifying round, which ended this week, and will therefore not advance to the semifinals.
Glenda Bower, spokeswoman for the Scotia Pool Society, told the Truro Daily News there were no regrets and the society will attempt the contest again next year.
“We have no regrets … being in it meant people were talking about us. We are still very much open and not going anywhere,” said Bower. “It was an opportunity and we took advantage of it.”
Bower said it’s expected smaller communities will have tough competition.
“Larger centres have a lot of people … it’s hard to compete … but small communities can do it, so this doesn’t discourage us for next year.”
Tanya Colburne, director of the Cougar Dome, also said it was worth trying.
“You have to try so there’s no regrets,” said Colburne. “We learned and saw first-hand there is support for the Cougar Dome and we gave it all we had … we had a lot of fun trying and we sincerely appreciate the incredible support” voters had throughout the voting rounds.
She said it’s undecided at this point if the Cougar Dome will be submitted for the online competition next year.
“It depends on finances,” she said.