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Grants to Halifax, Nova Scotia Nonprofits and For-Profits
for Events to Promote Tourism and Economic Development

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Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)

Deadline Date:

05/30/19 - Noon for Emerging New Events and Distinguished Events; Major Events have an ongoing deadline.


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Grants to Halifax, Nova Scotia nonprofit and for-profits organizations for events that promote and develop the tourism industry and local economy. Applicants requesting funds for major events must contact program staff prior to applying. Grants are intended to support events that increase room nights and economic development within the Municipality.

Event types:
Emerging New Events: This program supports new and emerging events that address gaps in the existing event calendar and have the potential to become an annual tourism event. Applicant organizations must have operated for a minimum of one (1) year and the event must have a minimum budget of $50,000. The business case must show how the event would benefit the Municipality and increase tourism and business development in the “shoulder and/or off season” (November to April). Preference will be given to applicants that have secured funding from other level/s of government and corporate sponsorship.

Distinguished Events: The Distinguished Events program replaces the former Tourism Events program. This program supports large one-time tourism events that have a minimum budget of $50,000 that have high potential for national and international exposure and encourage multiple day visits to the Municipality. Events in this program are scored on number of room nights generated, economic impacts and media exposure.

Signature Events: This program supports large, annual tourism events that have a minimum budget of $100,000 and have been in existence for a minimum of five consecutive years. Events in this program are scored on number of room nights generated, economic impacts and media exposure. There is no restriction for annual funding from this program.

Major Hosting Events: This program supports Organizations bidding on the rights to host major events and supports programs, activities, and services specific to the delivery of a major event being hosted in Halifax. Events must be of a size and scope sufficient to draw tourists to the Municipality’s communities, attract significant media exposure, and profile Halifax nationally and globally. Interested Organizations for this program should contact Foundation staff prior to completing an application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166719

Estimated Size of Grant:

Emerging Events: The maximum grant award through this program is $25,000.

Distinguished Events: The maximum grant award through this program is $50,000.

Signature Events: The maximum grant award through this program is 10% of the previous year's budget. As well, additional funding up to a maximum of 10% of the previous year’s total grant amount may be considered to support additional programming for an anniversary (quarter century (25) intervals) of the event.

Term of Contract:

Emerging Events and Distinguished Events must take place after October 1, 2019.

Emerging Events and Signature Events: This program has the ability to provide, but does not guarantee, sustainable multiple year funding to successful applicants. Applicants may receive up to three-year funding, however only one-year funding may be approved at the discretion of Halifax Regional Council.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Expenses:
Grants may be applied to programming, operating, marketing, and promotional expenses. No portion of the grant shall be applied to staff wages, volunteer bursaries or honoraria; or paid to members or officers of an organization’s Board of Directors either directly or indirectly.

Non-Eligible Events:
- Consumer shows
- Conferences
- Private events
- Tradeshows
- Marketing initiatives
- Seminars
- Clinics
- Symposiums
- Banquets
- Fundraising events
- Political events
- Events that occur before April 1st of the respective submission year.

Pre-Application Information:

The Deadline for Applications is May 30, 2019, at 12:00 noon.

Any prospective Major Hosting Events Program applicants must contact and have a brief discussion with Christine Buckley prior to completing an application.

All events applying for funding to any MLSER Event Program are required to submit a predictive Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model (STEAM) report. Contact Paul Forrest to receive information to complete the required predictive STEAM report. Please note that producing a STEAM report requires a minimum of 2-3 weeks.

Applicants are required to submit both an electronic copy and paper hardcopy of the completed application with supporting documents. The electronic fillable PDF document with or without signatures can be submitted via email and the paper hardcopy can be submitted in person or by regular mail.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications should be emailed to

Applications should be labelled and delivered to:
In Person/Courier
HRM Event Grants
Culture & Events
Dartmouth Ferry Terminal, 3rd Floor
88 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth NS B2Y 4W1

By Regular Mail
HRM Event Grants
Culture & Events
Halifax Regional Municipality
PO Box 1749
Halifax NS B3J 3A5

Staff Contacts:

Christine Buckley, Culture & Events
Phone: 902.490.6979

Shari Dillman
Culture & Events
(902) 490-4922

Paul Forrest
Culture & Events
(902) 490-6979

Culture & Events
Halifax Regional Municipality
P.O. Box 1749
Halifax, N.S. B3J 3A5

Grant Coverage Areas:

Halifax Regional Municipality

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Nova Scotia