Economic Development and Community Betterment Grant Program

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Festival and Event Grants in Georgina

The purpose of the program is to provide funds to support events, festivals, or other programs that are aligned with ongoing initiatives being undertaken by the Economic Development and Tourism Division.

These events, festivals, and programs will assist with enhancing the identity of the historic downtown business areas, contribute to an increased awareness of opportunities within Georgina, and promote community betterment and create an economic impact for the area in which the event is located. These grants are intended to support the development of local culture and community spirit through community led events, celebrations, and projects and will build on the local history, traditions, culture, and diversity of our community.

What is the grant for?

The objective of the Economic Development and Community Building Grant Program is to provide financial assistance for programs/events that serve to promote the Town of Georgina to markets outside Georgina, generate economic opportunities for the local business community and provide for the betterment of the Community. This program is not intended to support events that are dedicated to fundraising.

Who can apply?

Not-for-Profit organizations that reside or provide services within the Town of Georgina may apply. Registered charities and businesses or business organizations (informal or formal) that promote overnight stays and have a significant impact on the local economy may also apply. However, the grant program is not intended to provide organizations with the ability to provide or increase charitable donations. Applications to support events/programs that occur prior to Council’s consideration of the application are not eligible.

Grant Programs Applicants may apply to one (1) grant program per event. 

  1. Community Betterment Grant: This grant program provides assistance to efforts being undertaken to build capacity within a community or neighbourhood. A maximum grant amount of 50% of the eligible cost of the program/event up to a maximum of $2,000 may be considered.
  2. Community Culture Grant: This grant will also provide funds up to a maximum of 25% of the eligible cost up to a maximum of $5,000 towards the events/programs or public art installations intended to celebrate the Culture of Georgina.
  3. Economic Development Grant: This grant program provides assistance to organizations who are able to demonstrate that their program/event will have a direct economic impact on the surrounding business community. A grant up to a maximum of 50% of total eligible expenses will be considered up to a maximum of $5,000. Evaluation of these applications will consider the potential for this event to result in overnight stays and the marketing undertaken to attract an out of Town audience.
Note: Volunteer honorariums and any salaries within the budget are not included in the total cost of the event/program for the purpose of calculating the maximum grant amount.

What is the process to apply for the grant?

Applicants must submit a completed application, along with relevant supporting documentation to Jamie-Lee Warner in the Economic Development and Tourism Office. In order to take full advantage of collaborative marketing efforts and the time required to schedule the matter for Council’s consideration, applications should be submitted six (6) months prior to the event date. The applications will be reviewed by the Economic Development Committee (EDC) at three intake periods (February 1, May 1 and September 1).
Event and Festival Grant Application Process

When can I submit an application?

Applications must be submitted prior to an intake period for administrative processing and no less than 120 days prior to the event date. Applicants must contact Jamie-Lee Warner at 905-476-4301 ext. 2298 to set up a meeting to discuss and review your application before submission. Grant applications will not be accepted for events scheduled less than 120 days from the time of submission. All grant applications must be reviewed and deemed complete by the Economic Development and Tourism Division before they are accepted for evaluation by the Economic Development Committee. Once the application is considered by the EDC, a report with recommendations will be provided to Council for final approval.

What are eligible expenses?

Eligible expenses include items or services directly required to provide the program or project to the public: equipment fees, entertainment fees, facility rentals, marketing costs, promotional products, permit fees 
Ineligible expenses: staff salaries, volunteer honorariums, consultant fees, sub-contractor fees, training expense, donations expenses associated with the provision of selling alcohol

Is there a limit to the number of grants an organization or project can receive?

Although community groups may apply more than one time, the purpose of the grant is to assist organizations in starting up a program/event, or assist with the further development of an existing program/event. It is expected that if the program/ event is viable, it will have other sources of financing and become less reliant on the Town’s funding.

What is required to apply?

The applicant should include business or marketing plans directly relevant to the program/event. The application shall include a detailed account of the proposed revenue and expenses using the forms provided in this application or the submission of a formal budget. For any expenses that exceed $500 and for which funding is being requested, a quote must be provided with the grant application.

What is required to receive the grant if the application is approved by Council?

In order to receive the approved grant, the applicant must sign a waiver agreeing to comply with the terms of the grant, including the submission of financial and other requested information within 90 days of the event. If the terms of the grant are not complied with, the applicant/organization becomes ineligible for future funding. Applicants will endeavour to submit detailed information on their event/program. (i.e. economic impact, attendee place of residence, etc.).

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