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Celebrate Ontario 2018

Description

PROGRAM STATUS:

The Celebrate Ontario 2018 main program is now closed. Applicants will be notified of their application status by spring 2018. Blockbuster applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Program Objective

Celebrate Ontario is an annual program that helps festivals and events enhance their programs, activities and services. This support helps grow tourism in the province by making it easier for event organizers to offer new and improved experiences that will attract more tourists and increase visitor spending.

Celebrate Ontario Program Categories

The Celebrate Ontario 2018 program comprises three categories:

1. Celebrate Ontario 2018 Single-Year Category

Supports New or Existing Tourism Events with programming enhancements and marketing campaigns that increase tourist visitation and spending, and lead to improved festival sustainability.

2. Celebrate Ontario 2018 Multi-Year (Two-Year) Category

Supports Existing Tourism Events with programming enhancements and marketing campaigns that increase tourist visitation and spending, and lead to improved festival sustainability.

Only existing large Tourism Events with cash operating expenses of at least $1 million may apply for Multi-Year funding (for fiscal years 2018-19 and 2019-20).

3. Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster Category

Supports bidding and hosting costs for major one-time events or events that do not recur annually in Ontario, but travel nationally or internationally to host destinations.

Blockbuster events must have a cash operating budget of at least $1 million.

What’s NEW for Celebrate Ontario 2018?

- The Celebrate Ontario 2018 application form has been improved and streamlined to help applicants respond to questions more effectively and conveniently.

- Applicants will complete a standard Grants Ontario Application Form as well as a Celebrate Ontario Project Application Form which contains all the project questions directly in the form. Both documents are available via the Grants Ontario web portal.

Celebrate Ontario 2017 Successful Applicants

View the 2017-18 Celebrate Ontario event listings.

Deadline

Celebrate Ontario 2018 Single-Year and Celebrate Ontario 2018 Multi-Year Categories:

The deadline for both categories was Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) and the Celebrate Ontario Main program is now closed.

Details on the Celebrate Ontario 2019 program will be posted at a later date. Please check this page for future details.

Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster:

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, and must be submitted a minimum of four months prior to a Tourism Event for Event Hosting applications and a minimum of two months prior to a bid deadline for Tourism Event Bid applications via the Grants Ontario System.

Eligibility Requirements

For complete details on Celebrate Ontario 2018 program eligibility requirements by category, please refer to the:

The Celebrate Ontario At a Glance document also provides an overview of the program and application process.

Program Guidelines

Celebrate Ontario 2018 Single-Year and Celebrate Ontario 2017 Multi-Year Categories:

Please review the Celebrate Ontario 2018 Application Guide for details.

The Celebrate Ontario At a Glance document also provides an overview of the program and application process.

Applicants apply using the Grants Ontario web portal:

- New applicants: Go to How to Apply?

- Previous Applicants: Log In

To apply in the Single- and Multi-Year categories, the following documents must be completed and submitted:

1. Grants Ontario Application Form (available from the Grants Ontario web portal)

2. Celebrate Ontario Project Application Form Single-Year or Celebrate Ontario Project Application Form Multi-Year (and also available from the Grants Ontario web portal)

3. Your organization’s most recent financial statement (if your last year’s financial statement is not finalized, provide your previous year’s statement).

Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster – Event Bid and Event Hosting

Please review the Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster Application Guide.

Contact

Program Contacts

Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Regional Advisor prior to submitting an application.

- Tourism Events with cash operating expenses less than $1 million: contact your Regional Advisor

- Tourism Events with cash operating expenses of $1 million or more: Céline Pagnoud or 416-314-3435.

- Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster: Robert Sweeting or 416-325-7426.

- Service in French: Renée Ruel or 416-325-9554.

Technical Support

Please contact the Grants Ontario Customer Service:

- Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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

- E-mail - GrantsOntarioCS@Ontario.ca

Last updated: November 14, 2017