The province of British Columbia announced last month that it will be providing $30 million to support province-based events.
The grants are in response to a number of calls to the province for help in the sector.
“The past three years have been incredibly difficult for people in the tourism industry, including live events, and we know not every business has fully recovered,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “Our government is proud to provide funding to support fairs, festivals, and events throughout B.C. as they re-establish themselves. We know that these types of gatherings fill British Columbians’ hearts with joy. We also know that in many cases they support a greater economy right across the province.”
The grants will be distributed through the B.C. Fairs, Festivals, and Events funds, and will be able to cover as much as 20 per cent of the total event budget up to $250,000.
“This timely investment will ensure events and festivals can continue, bringing tourism and economic benefits to the province,” said Walt Judas, CEO, Tourism Industry Association of BC. “Local events in communities large and small bring increased exposure to communities and provide employment opportunities for residents, while contributing to the vibrancy of the community. This is an exciting announcement for the industry.”
Eligible events include sporting events, arts and culture events, community celebrations, agricultural fairs and rodeos.
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