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Celebrate Prince George Community Grant

Grants to Prince George, British Columbia Nonprofits and
Businesses for Seasonal Events to Attract Tourism

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City of Prince George, Tourism Prince George

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Grants starting at $5,000 to Prince George, British Columbia nonprofit organizations, community groups, and collaborating businesses to hold seasonal celebrations to benefit the local community and attract tourism. Applications are currently being accepted for events scheduled to take place February 2018. Consideration will be given to the growth and development of both new and existing events.

The Celebrate Prince George Community Grant was developed to foster the collaboration of a series of celebrations, known as the Celebrate Prince George Summer and Winter Festivals, which fall within July and February to create a festive atmosphere of seasonal entertainment and activities for residents and to increase visitation.

The objective of the Celebrate Prince George Community Grant is to provide financial support to existing or new event planners/organizers that can demonstrate funding assistance will enhance their current event or develop of a new event that focuses on attracting visitors.

The overall objective of the program is to:
-Create a tourism draw with the long-term potential of creating known and marketable events for the north
-Maximize public events in civic spaces
-Showcase public facilities
-Increase community pride by supporting local events and organizations providing entertainment and activities for locals and visitors

Preference will be given to those applicants who:

a. Demonstrate how the Celebrate Prince George Grant funds will be leveraged to increase overall budget. A clear link must be made between the enhancement and the funding requested that demonstrates how the funding will impact the event.

b. Demonstrate a strategic approach to increasing event attendance including out of town visitors and overnight stays.

c. Host the event at Veteran’s Plaza (City Hall), Canada Games Plaza or Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park and the park adjacent across to the WIDC building (once completed).

d. Work in partnership with other groups/organizations to organize and deliver the event. Include Letter(s) of Support from all partner organizations, major donors, businesses or other key stakeholders. The letter must include a commitment to working with you on your project and details their role and commitment to the event. (Letters from the City of Prince George are not eligible)

Applicants must demonstrate that the event will be directly related to and benefit cultural richness, equality, inclusivity and accessibility while at the same time building tourism within the community.

Eligible Costs:

-Costs associated with enhancing visitor experiences, i.e. presenting a big name entertainer or activity that would not have been feasible without the funding, or extending a one-day festival to two-day festival (preference will be given to multi-day events).

-Enhanced marketing costs (demonstration of how marketing expenses will increase out of town visitation).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181068

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Celebrate Prince George Community Grant will consider all applications with a minimum request of $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Events must take place in July 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Celebrate Prince George Grant will be considered for nonprofit societies and community groups.

Preference will be given to those who create partnerships with other community organizations.

Businesses can apply as long as there is a minimum of one significant partnership with a nonprofit society or community group that has agreed to accept the grant on their behalf.

The event must be:
a. Held within the city limits of the City of Prince George
b. Open to the public and promoted as such
c. New or an enhancement to an established event (the enhancement(s) and the funding required must be clearly identified)

Ineligible Costs:
-Normal/previous event costs (if an existing event). Only cost for enhancements are considered for funding.
-Costs incurred prior to approval of application and confirmation of funding
-Operating or capital costs
-Administration fees and staffing costs
-Budget overrun

Pre-Application Information:

A minimum of 50% of requested funding must be used for marketing and needs to be clearly identified in the application, budget and, if successful, demonstrated in the evaluation. Applications are strongly encouraged to secure other cash or in-kind sources of funding.

Online applications must be submitted no later than May 15, 2017, for February 2018 events and October 15, 2017, for July 2018.

Notification will be made within six weeks of the application deadline. Funds will be available for distribution based on the following date: January 2018 for February and July 2018 events.

Contact Information:

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

For more information and to return the application, please contact:
Jen Tkachuk, Civic Events Coordinator

Community Partnerships
Community Services-#201-1300 First Ave.
Prince George, British Columbia
V2L 2Y3

Grant Coverage Areas:

City of Prince George

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia