Wednesday, August 26, 2015

 

Community

EventHostBC Funds for Locals

CCAC and Hope Business Dev Society receive funds

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Bikers descend on Fernie for a fun time at Roll & Sole, a HostEventBC recipient. BC Government image.

 

ixty non-profit organizations in 44 British Columbia communities have received funding support from EventHostBC. This Government of B.C. initiative was designed to encourage and support small-scale, volunteer-driven events that build community spirit, volunteer capacity and promote out-of-town visitation.

“Hosting events not only builds community pride and volunteerism, they are also good business for our province. Events attract visitors, bring important dollars into area businesses and create jobs. They also provide training for volunteers, create social and economic legacies and diversify economies. This return on investment, matched with B.C.’s long history of successful hosting and world-class amenities, makes event hosting an ideal way to boost tourism and economic development in the province,” said Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for TransLink.

Within a total funding allocation of $250,000, grants up to $5,000 per event have now been awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible organizations. Almost $42,000 has been distributed to each of the six tourism regions: Cariboo-Chilcotin-Coast, Northern B.C., Kootenay-Rockies, Thompson-Okanagan, Vancouver Island and Vancouver-Coast-Mountains.

More than 400 applications were received, representing a wide variety of community-based activities including sporting events, festivals, theatrical and musical productions, celebrations of holidays, local landmarks, anniversary milestones, and events to raise awareness of specific causes.

Both the Chilliwack Community Arts Council and the Hope Business Development Society will each receive $5,000.

For a complete list of all successful EventHostBC applicants, go here.

 

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