Applications for the B.C. Fairs, Festivals, and Events Fund (BCFFE), launched in 2021 by the Provincial Government to assist in the recovery of the hard-hit events industry, are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. PST on February 25, 2024.
"Fairs, festivals and events are the heart of our communities and contribute to making this province a vibrant place to live and visit,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “Our government is proud to support the people who organize and attend these events so we can continue to rebuild our events and tourism sectors for today and the future.”
The program provides one-time grants for up to 20% of an event's total budget, to a maximum of $250,000 per event and a maximum of $500,000 per organization. The grants will cover operational expenses such as artist fees, venue rental, marketing, wages, and more. Event funding will also support those areas affected by the 2023 wildfires and help boost visitation and generate economic activity for those communities.
“The core of our work is to listen and respond to the priorities of people in B.C.,” said Bob D’Eith, Parliamentary Secretary for Arts and Film. “We know fairs, festivals, and events have impacts that go well beyond what can be measured in economic terms. They are a source of community pride and build awareness of our diverse cultures and identities.”
Sporting events and festivals, arts and culture events and festivals, community celebrations, and agri-tourism events are all eligible. Visit the grant website for full details on mandatory eligibility requirements.
The fund, which will provide up to $15 million in grants, is for events taking place between April 1, 2024, and September 30, 2025.
Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Funding decisions will be communicated by April 2024. All decisions are final.
For more information regarding eligibility, the application process, and follow-up reporting, visit the Government of BC website.