September 24, 2015
Up to $2,500 in annual grant funding now available for Northern B.C.’s unique festivals and events
A new source of funding will help unique festivals and events throughout Northern B.C. grow and support local economic diversification beginning in 2016.
Northern Development announced today the launch of its Fabulous Festivals and Events program, which provides non-profit organizations with up to $2,500 in annual grant funding to support unique events and festivals throughout the region that contribute to service sector revenues in the local economy.
The grants provide a source of reliable annual event hosting capacity funding, and supports the sustainability and expansion of local festivals and events that improve community quality of life.
The funding can be used to promote or market a festival or event, purchase materials or equipment to support the festival or event or offset administrative and operational expenses.
Festival and event tourism is one of the fastest growing forms of tourism in Canada, drawing people and potential new residents to communities they might not otherwise visit.
Northern B.C. is home to more than 200 unique festivals and events that generate positive impacts for local businesses, hotels and restaurants.
Applications for the program can be downloaded online now and will be accepted on a continuous intake cycle.
A program guide, which outlines funding eligibility criteria, can also be downloaded online.
The first funding approvals will be announced in early 2016.
“Northern B.C. is home to a variety of world-class festivals and events – this funding will not only help support local economic diversification but also promote the region to people who might not have considered visiting our communities before,” said Evan Saugstad, Chair, Northern Development.