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Funding Opportunities

Tourism Hamilton Sport Grant

The purpose of this grant is to provide assistance in the provision of hospitality for visiting sports teams, officials and spectators attending a major sporting event being held in the City of Hamilton, and where at least the majority of the participants are from outside the City of Hamilton.

Provincial and National Funding Resources

Celebrate Ontario   www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/awards_funding/celebrate_ontario.shtml
Tier 1 – Festivals or events with operating budgets less than $250,000 will be eligible for up to $40,000.
Tier 2 – Festivals or events with operating budgets between $250,000 and $1 million will be eligible for up to $75,000.
Tier 3 – Festivals or events with operating budgets in excess of $1 million will be eligible for up to $400,000.

Celebrate Ontario Signature supports Tier 3 major recurring festivals and events attracting out-of-province visitors with funding up to $400,000.

Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster supports bidding and hosting of Tier 3 major one-time festivals and events attracting out-of-province visitors.
For the Event Bid stream, funding will be determined on a case-by-case basis during the evaluation of applications. Requests will require a solid rationale for bid requirements to support the requested amount.  For the Event Hosting stream, funding is available up to a maximum of 20% of eligible costs as outlined in the Blockbuster event operating budget.

Tourism Event Marketing Partnership Program (TEMPP)
Funding up to $200,000
www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/summary/6594/

Ontario Trillium Foundation
Funding up to $75,000 per year, for up to 5 years – operating and project funding available
http://trilliumfoundation.org

Ontario Arts Council
Project and Operating Grants Available
www.arts.on.ca

Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund
A range of up to $10/person. Minimum attendance 7,500 in urban centres and 750 in rural areas.
www.ocaf.on.ca

Department of Canadian Heritage
Local Festivals and Community Anniversaries – funding up to $200,000
1812 Commemoration Fund (special funding available)
www.pch.gc.ca

Private Sector Funding Opportunities

Tourism Hamilton has compiled a list of organizations who help fund sporting events in the City of Hamilton.   Click here to have a look at which private sector organizations can help you.

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