B.C. Fairs, Festivals, and Events Fund
The Province is providing $15 million in one-time grants to eligible events through the B.C. Fairs, Festivals and Events Fund. Event organizers will be able to tackle ongoing challenges that the Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sports sector faces, such as reduced revenue and sponsorships and rising costs of equipment and services. Eligible events include sporting events, arts and culture events and festivals, community celebrations and gatherings, and agri-tourism events.
Examples of eligible expenses include operational costs, Indigenous consultation and honorariums, venue rental, marketing, wages and promotion. Event budgets must demonstrate a minimum operating budget of $10,000. Events must be open to all members of the public.
Applications will be accepted until February 25, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Events between April 1, 2024, and September 30, 2025, are eligible for funding. Organizations are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. To see the B.C. Fairs, Festivals, and Events Fund criteria and application, click the link below.
Sport Tourism Event Grant Intake 1 Now Open
We are pleased to announce that the CVRD Sports Tourism Event Grant is now accepting applications for events taking place from July to December 2024. The CVRD Sports Tourism Event Grant supports events that contribute to the vibrancy and economic growth of our community. If your organization is looking to host a sports event that not only celebrates athleticism but also boosts the local economy, the CVRD has just the opportunity for you!
Purpose and Eligibility:
Preference is given to events that attract overnight visitors from outside the region, events that are held during non-peak times, championship events, and those organized by non-profit organizations. To be eligible, sports organizations must demonstrate adherence to current provincial and regional health safety guidelines, the Return to Sport Guidelines, and facility/venue safety guidelines. Key criteria include:
- Direct economic impact on the Cowichan Region.
- Utilization of local services and facilities.
- Special considerations may be granted for extraordinary circumstances or events outside typical intake periods.
- Recognition of CVRD as a sponsor in promotional materials.
- Post-event reporting on economic and community impacts.
- Grant amounts range from $500 to $3000 per event application.
- Additional funding may be available for larger-scale events.
- Funding is disbursed in two phases: 75% prior to the event and 25% upon submission of the final report.
- Grant funds are designed for event-specific expenses and cannot be used for general operating revenue.
Part of creating a vibrant and healthy community full of opportunities for youth and adults to get and stay active means investing in sports tourism, which will, in turn, bring valuable funds back into our local economy. Through the Sport Tourism Event Grant program the CVRD provides up to $30,000 annually in sport event grants to community organizations hosting regional, provincial, national or international events. The return on investment can be significant as participants and spectators arrive in our community and stay in hotels, eat at local restaurants and visit other attractions. By adhering to the outlined criteria and guidelines, event organizers can access vital support to create memorable sporting experiences.
Applications are due on April 1, 2024