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Celebrate Ontario

The application deadline for the Celebrate Ontario 2014 category has passed; however, the Celebrate Ontario 2014 Blockbuster category and the Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting category are open for applications. Details on the Celebrate Ontario 2015 program will be posted at a later date.

The Celebrate Ontario 2014 Blockbuster category is open. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, and must be submitted a minimum of four months prior to an event for Event Hosting applications and a minimum of two months prior to a bid deadline for Event Bid applications.

The Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting is open. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, and follow a two-step process:

1. Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting Letter of Intent applications must be submitted six months prior to the event date.

2. If applicants are invited by the ministry to make a full application following its assessment of their submitted Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting Letter of Intent, their Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Sport Hosting applications must be submitted a minimum of four months prior to the event date.

What’s New?

New ― Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting category

Sporting events are important occasions to celebrate athletic performance, increase economic activity and job creation, and build community spirit. Hosting international amateur sport events offers Ontario communities the opportunity to welcome visitors, internationally showcase the province, and support sports, recreation and physical activity in Ontario.

The Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting category will provide project-based funding to help sport organizations and municipalities deliver major sport events in Ontario. For more details, please review the Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting Application Guide.

New ― Maximum of Two Applications per Organization

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport will consider a maximum of two applications per organization among the three categories of the Celebrate Ontario 2014 program – Celebrate Ontario 2014, Celebrate Ontario 2014 Blockbuster and Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting.

New ― Maximum of One Application per Festival or Event

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport will consider only one application per festival or event among the three categories of the Celebrate Ontario program ― Celebrate Ontario 2014, Celebrate Ontario 2014 Blockbuster, and Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting.

Description

Celebrate Ontario 2014 comprises three funding categories:

Celebrate Ontario 2014 helps new or existing Ontario festivals and events enhance programs, activities and services that will lead to long-term improvements. This support helps grow tourism in the province by making it easier for festival and event organizers to offer new and improved experiences that will attract more tourists and increase visitor spending.

The application deadline for the Celebrate Ontario 2014 category has passed.

Celebrate Ontario 2014 Blockbuster consists of two streams. The Event Bid stream supports bidding costs for major one-time events and the Event Hosting stream supports hosting costs for major one-time events. Support is available for bidding on or hosting major one-time events or events that do not recur annually in Ontario, but travel nationally or internationally to host destinations. These events must be of a size and scope sufficient to draw tourists to Ontario’s communities, attract significant media exposure, and profile Ontario’s destinations nationally and globally. Blockbuster events must have a cash operating budget in excess of $1 million.

Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting provides project-based funding to help sport organizations and other municipalities deliver major sport events in Ontario.

For a list of 2014-15 Celebrate Ontario festival and event listings, please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

For frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers about Celebrate Ontario 2014, Celebrate Ontario 2014 Blockbuster and Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting categories, please click here.

Deadline

The application deadline for the Celebrate Ontario 2014 category has passed.

Celebrate Ontario 2014 Blockbuster applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Submit applications at least four months before an event for Event Hosting applications and at least two months before a bid deadline for Event Bid applications.

Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, and follow a two-step process:

1. Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting Letter of Intent applications must be submitted six months prior to the event date.

2. If applicants are invited by the ministry to make a full application following its assessment of their submitted Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting Letter of Intent, their Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Sport Hosting applications must be submitted a minimum of four months prior to the event date.

Eligibility Requirements

For frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers related to Celebrate Ontario program eligibility requirements, please click here.

For complete details on Celebrate Ontario program eligibility requirements, please refer to the Celebrate Ontario 2014 Application Guide, Celebrate Ontario 2014 Blockbuster Application Guide or Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting Application Guide.

How to Apply

In addition to the instructions below, we strongly advise applicants to follow this link for detailed instructions on how to apply.

Applicants must first register as users with the Government of Ontario’s encrypted ONe-key log-in system via Grants Ontario. You are strongly encouraged to register for your ONe-key password as soon as possible to ensure that you meet the application deadline.

The Grants Ontario System Registration Guide for Applicants is available to assist applicants with registration in the Grants Ontario System.

Following successful registration, applicants must use the appropriate application form available at Grants Ontario to submit their applications. Celebrate Ontario applications received in any format other than the application form available on the Grants Ontario System will not be accepted. The Grants Ontario System Reference Guide for Applicants provides step-by-step instructions for completing an online application in the Grants Ontario System.

Please see the Celebrate Ontario 2014 Application Guide, Celebrate Ontario 2014 Blockbuster Application Guide or Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting Application Guide for detailed instructions on completing your application.

Program Guidelines and Sample Application

Celebrate Ontario 2014 Blockbuster – Event Bid and Event Hosting

Celebrate Ontario 2014 Blockbuster Application Guide

Celebrate Ontario 2014 Blockbuster Event Bid Sample Application

Celebrate Ontario 2014 Blockbuster Event Hosting Sample Application

Celebrate Ontario 2014 Blockbuster applicants are required to complete and attach an Additional Information Package with their online application. The Grants Ontario System Registration Guide for Applicants provides detailed instructions on how to attach documents to an online application.

Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting

Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting Application Guide

Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting Sample Application ― Letter of Intent Application

Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting applicants are also required to complete and attach an Additional Information Package with their online application. The Grants Ontario System Registration Guide for Applicants provides detailed instructions on how to attach documents to an online application.

Contact

For technical support including any computer related issues please contact:

Telephone

• In Toronto: (416) 325-6691
• Toll Free: 1-855-216-3090

E-mail

GrantsOntarioCS@Ontario.ca

Celebrate Ontario 2014 applicants with cash operating budgets less than $1 million may direct telephone or e-mail enquiries to a Regional Tourism Advisor.

Celebrate Ontario 2014 applicants with cash operating budgets in excess of $1 million may direct telephone or email enquiries to Luanne Smith, Senior Program Consultant, by telephone at (416) 314-3435 or email at luanne.smith@ontario.ca.

Celebrate Ontario 2014 Blockbuster Event Bid and Event Hosting applicants may direct telephone or e-mail enquiries to Robert Sweeting, Senior Business Advisor, by telephone at (416) 325-7426 or email at robert.sweeting@ontario.ca.

Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting applicants may direct telephone or e-mail enquiries to contact Russell Zavitz, Senior Coordinator, by telephone at (416) 314-7682 or by email at russell.zavitz@ontario.ca.

Last updated: March 13, 2014