Fabulous Festivals and Events

Program Overview

The Fabulous Festivals and Events program provides annual grant funding to support unique festivals and events throughout the region that contribute to service sector revenues in the local economy. The program supports festivals and events that promote northern B.C. as a destination for tourism. Projects undertaken through this program aim to improve the sustainability and expansion of hosting capacity of festivals and events throughout the region, increase tourism revenues and improve community quality of life.

NOTICE: You must fill out and submit a pre-qualification form before you submit an application unless your festival or event has previously been approved for funding. 


Funding Terms

Up to $2,500 in grant funding is available to festivals or events with a total project budget less than $50,000.

Up to $5,000 in grant funding is available to festivals or events with a total project budget of $50,000 or greater.

Applicants may only apply for one festival or event per year.


Please complete the short pre-qualification form to see if your festival or event meets the program availability before you take the time to fill out and submit an application.

Apply for funding

Applications must be submitted at least six weeks before the festival or event is scheduled to take place. Applicants may apply for the following year’s funding starting November 1 of each year.

Please review all program documents in detail as incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Complete application forms with all required attachments should be provided electronically to Northern Development by email. Email: info@northerndevelopment.bc.ca

Reporting Deadline

The applicant must submit a report using Northern Development’s reporting form to verify performance measures for the event within 60 days of the festival or event’s completion.


Related funding

If you find that you are not eligible for this funding, many Festivals and Events may be eligible for other Northern Development funding. We encourage you to review the following:

Northern Development and the Big Pig Mountain Bike Festival

The Big Pig Mountain Bike Festival in Burns Lake has quickly become one of the premier trail-riding events in Northern B.C. each year, supporting local businesses and diversifying the economy in Burns Lake. Northern Development provided grant support to help make the festival a success. Watch to learn how we helped make a difference in Burns Lake!

Fabulous Festivals: Fraser Heritage Festival

In September 2015, Northern Development provided a $2,500 grant to support the Fraser Heritage Festival in McBride, B.C. The grant was a pilot project for a new festivals and events program. Here’s how it made a difference…

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Northern Development providing funding support to festivals and events?

Northern Development’s mandate is to strengthen and diversify the economy in Northern B.C. – the Fabulous Festivals and Events program does just that. Festivals and events directly impact the local economy through increased consumer spending. These events attract visitors to the community who stay at hotels, eat at restaurants and spend their money at local businesses. This grant funding will help organizers expand or promote their festival or event, which will increase attendance and positively impact the local economy.

Who is eligible for this funding?

The funding is specifically designed to support registered non-profit organizations that host home grown, destination festivals and signature events that promote or strengthen the unique character of the community and leverage the region’s Northern identity. The festival or event must demonstrate economic benefits for the community, community support, engagement and inclusiveness. The funding requested must be used to increase the capacity of the event.

What types of events are NOT eligible?

  • The event is in its first year of operation
  • The event is held in a concentrated time period (series of summer music concerts, multi-weekend regional
    mountain bike race, etc.)
  • The event is a fundraiser (Terry Fox Run, Relay For Life, Festival of Trees, etc.)
  • The event is political in nature (partisan rally or gathering, issue-based fundraiser, etc.)
  • The event is religious in nature (Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Easter event, etc.)
  • The event is held annually in communities across the province or country (Canada Day celebrations, Remembrance Day memorials, May Day parades, etc.)
  • The event is a league or club event (sports training camps, provincial sport tournaments, bonspiels, etc.)
  • The event is solely an artisan and craft fair
  • The event is an industry based event (oil and gas industry event, cattle industry event, forestry industry event, etc.)
  • The event is part of a conference or workshop (Natural Resource Forum, Air Quality Workshop, Oil and Gas Conference, etc.)

Is the funding available more than once?

Yes. Eligible festivals and events can be approved for up to $2,500 if the total project budget is less than $50,000 or up to $5,000  if the total project budget is $50,000 or greater. Applicants may apply for one festival or event per year and may apply again for the following year. One of the primary goals of the program is to provide grant funding that’s reliable for festivals and events on an ongoing basis.

When can I submit an application?

We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis. Please complete the short pre-qualification form to see if your festival or event meets the program eligibility before you take the time to fill out and submit an application. If your festival or event qualifies, you will be notified and invited to submit your application. Please download an application guide and form and call us at 250- 561-2525 if you have any questions.

When will my application be approved?

Funding will be approved once staff have received and reviewed a finalized application and supporting documents, which must include a resolution of support from a local government (if the festival or event has not been previously approved for funding) and the festival or event’s budget information.

Please contact Northern Development staff to discuss your project in further detail.

Phone : (250) 561-2525
Email:  info@northerndevelopment.bc.ca

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– Julie Fowler, Island Mountain Arts
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– Barb van Halderen, Quesnel Skyfest Society
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– Joy McKay, Tumbler Ridge Days Society