Tourism Development Fund

Grants to Ontario, Canada Nonprofits, Municipalities, Associations, and Corporations to Develop Tourism in the Region

GrantWatch ID#: 175794
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Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport


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Grants to Ontario, Canada nonprofits, municipalities, businesses, tourism associations (excluding regional associations), and corporations to develop the tourism industry. Funding is intended to encourage investment in the field of tourism, as well as to provide more support, training and education to increase the number of tourists throughout the province of Ontario. National and/or provincial industry sector associations are encouraged to apply.

The Tourism Development Fund program provides non-capital, project-based funding to:

- Develop research-based innovative and emerging tourism sectors
- Support tourism organizations’ capacity building
- Encourage new private sector tourism investment attraction
- Enhance Ontario’s overall economic competitiveness and opportunities for the Ontario tourism industry.

Eligible expenses for Tourism Development Fund applications include, but are not limited to:

- Consulting services and project management.
- Research costs.
- Tourism sector strategic planning.
- Business plan support, economic assessments and feasibility studies.
- Organizational development and capacity building.
- Conference organization costs including speaker fees.
- Project-related permits, fees and other similar charges.
- Other costs deemed reasonable.

Priority will be given to projects that:

- Increase private sector investment in new tourism product offerings;
- Have a provincial or multi-region focus;
- Enhance the competitiveness of Ontario’s strategic and competitive tourism products and experiences;
- Have the potential to generate significant exposure for the province, its destinations and communities;
- Stimulate increased tourist attendance and tourist spending in Ontario;
- Support provincial tourism sector associations’ efforts to advance the competitiveness of the tourism industry;
- Support jobs and economic activity in communities across the province;
- Contribute to the quality and diversity of community life for Ontario citizens and tourists.

The Tourism Development Fund program has no predetermined limit on the amount available. Support is available up to as much as 50 per cent of eligible costs, as the project operating budget outlines.

Each application must confirm compliance with the following:

- Legal status of organization applying (i.e., established by or under legislation; federally or provincially incorporated; First Nations in the Province of Ontario; proof of registration in Canada or another jurisdiction).
- Applicant is not in default of the terms and conditions of any grant or loan agreement with any ministry or agency of the Government of Ontario (e.g., Ontario Trillium Foundation).
- Applicant has at least $2 million General Commercial Liability insurance coverage.
- None of the proposed expenses will be used for recurring costs to run the applicant organization.
- Projects with multiple revenue sources can apply for funding if they meet all eligibility requirements, set out in the Application Guidelines.
- A confirmed cash contribution of at least 20 per cent of the total cash expenses for your proposed project must be made by your organization and a total of 50 per cent by your organization and your project partners.

Eligible applicants need to demonstrate proven organizational ability, technical capacity and fiscal prudence to successfully manage and deliver the project. This includes the applicant’s capacity, proven track record, financial stability and tourism business expertise.

Ineligible projects include and are not limited to:

- Projects that seek operational funding for the purpose of running the applicant’s organization.
- Projects that seek capital funding and infrastructure costs for the proposed project.

Examples of eligible expenses for Tourism Development Fund include, but are not limited to:

- Consulting services and project management
- Research costs
- Tourism sector strategic planning
- Business plan support, economic assessments and feasibility studies
- Organizational development and capacity building
- Conference organization costs including speaker fees
- Project-related permits, fees and other similar charges
- Other costs deemed reasonable

Examples of ineligible expenses for Tourism Development Fund include, but are not limited to:

- Capital costs including materials, labour, land acquisition or purchase of equipment
- Operating costs of organizations including administration, permanent staff salaries and on-going maintenance costs
- Marketing costs including advertising, promotion, and branding
- Software development, design, and/or installation
- Website development used to create and maintain an online presence, including web-based marketing, promotion-based
activities, booking and packaging, and on-line reservation systems
- Training and visitor/market-readiness costs
- Legal, audit or interest fees
- Insurance, buyouts, restructuring costs, refundable goods and service tax
- Festivals and events costs related to programming, operations, marketing

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, and should be submitted a minimum of four months prior to the start of the project.

Full details on how to apply:

This grant is a cost-sharing program designed to provide non-capital, project-based funding that encourages the development of innovative new tourism products that are provincial or multi-regional in scope, and to support investment attraction and industry capacity building.

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

For technical support including any computer related issues please contact:

- In Toronto: (416) 325-6691
- Toll Free: 1-855-216-3090

Tourism Development Fund applicants may direct telephone or e-mail enquiries to your Regional Tourism Advisor or contact:

Investment and Development Office
Tel: 416-325-5306

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