The Fairs, Festivals and Events Recovery Fund is administered by the Provincial Government and provides one-time grants to event organizers to support the safe restart of events across BC.
How the Fund works
The Fairs, Festivals and Events Recovery Fund (the fund) provides a one-time grant for up to 20% of your total event budget, up to a maximum of $250,000 per event. You can use these funds to cover a range of operational expenses.
Funds are limited and grants will be awarded through a competitive process.
Applications must be submitted by 1 pm PST on October 1, 2021. Funding decisions will be communicated by November 2021.
Submitting multiple applications
Organizations may submit more than one application. Each eligible event requires a separate application package.
You cannot submit applications for recurring instances of the same event. For example, if you have an annual event that took place in 2021 and you are planning to hold the event in 2022, you can only apply once.
Organizations that submit more than one application may be asked to assign priority to their applications.
Who can apply
You can apply for the fund if you are organizing an eligible event and it meets the eligibility criteria.
- Registered not-for-profit organizations
- For-profit organizations
- Indigenous Nations
- Municipalities or other local government bodies
Sporting events and festivals, such as:
- Spectator sport events
- Organized races
- Exhibition events
- Tournaments and competitions
*Eligible events must:
- Offer programming to the public on a single day or happen on fewer than 21 days in a calendar year
- Earn revenue from ticket sales, entry donations, vendor fees or other sources
Mandatory eligibility criteria
To be eligible events must:
- Take place in B.C. between July 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022
- Retroactive funding is available
- Have a minimum operating budget of $10,000
- Align with government priorities for tourism, sport or the arts
- Show local and/or regional support
- Be financially viable and secured
- Events in the bid phase are not eligible
Eligible events must provide a high level of community impact, like enhancing the quality of life and community wellness. You can show this by describing:
- The number of volunteers that will be engaged
- The number of actual or anticipated attendees
- Partnerships and collaboration within the community
- Sponsorship and funding leveraged from other sources
Additional weight will be given to applications that show:
- Extraordinary financial need
- High economic impact and the ability to draw visitors to the community during non-peak tourism seasons
- Benefits that are distributed across a region
- They have not received funding from other provincial or federal programs
- The host community has been particularly badly affected by either the COVID-19 public health measures or wildfires
- The event actively promotes diversity and inclusion and/or helps to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples
To learn more about the Fairs, Festivals and Events Recovery Fund, please click on the links below.