Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is encouraging all local festival and event organizers to apply for a Celebrate Ontario grant for next year.
Celebrate Ontario supports programming improvements at new and existing festivals and events that attract tourists for longer stays, create great experiences for visitors and support communities across Ontario. The deadline to apply for the Celebrate Ontario 2019 program is Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 5 p.m.
“From the many, many events and festivals I attend each year across the riding, I’m well aware that we are fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers and committees working hard to put on fantastic events that celebrate the amazing spirit of our local communities and help bring in local tourism,” Thompson said. “I encourage them to reach out and apply for much needed funds that could help existing events expand and new ones to get off the ground.”
Existing events that feature programming improvements, and new events requiring programming support may be eligible for funding. Applications must demonstrate how the Celebrate Ontario project or new event programming will:
- Increase community economic development and business partnerships
- Increase tourist attendance and expenditures
- Meet visitor demand and interests by creating engaging experiences
- Attract overnight stays and out-of-province tourists to a community.
“This is a marvelous opportunity for local groups and organizations to get financial assistance to help them Celebrate Ontario,” Thompson said.
Applications are made online. For more information visit ontario.ca/celebrateontario or contact your Tourism Advisor:
Bruce County: Christine Dodd – 705-739-6695; Christine.Dodd@ontario.ca
Huron County: Nancy Fallis – 1-800-265-4730 or 519-873-4482;Nancy.Fallis@ontario.ca