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HRM Event Grants

The Municipality supports events that build community, foster good community relations, supports culture, develop local economy and tourism industry, and enrich the quality of life of all residents and visitors.

 

The intake for all 2017/18 Event Grant Programs is CLOSED and applications have been removed. The DEADLINE for all programs was Friday, January 27, 2017, at 12:00 NOON.

 

HRM operates 3 streams of event grant programs; Community, Cultural and Tourism. The Community and Cultural grant programs are governed by the Regional Event Administrative Order and the Tourism Grant programs are governed by the Marketing Levy Special Event Reserve (MLSER) Administrator Order. Each Administrative Order offers grant programs and detailed criteria information can be found below. The Established Community Festivals and Cultural Events & Showcases programs under the Regional Event Admin Order are currently not accepting applications whereas the full budget for the programs has been awarded for the 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 fiscals. These programs will reopen for the 2019/20 fiscal year.

 

Any prospective Major Hosting Events Program applicants must contact and have a brief discussion with staff prior to completing an application. You can contact staff (Paul Forrest) at forrestp@halifax.ca.

 

 

Community & Cultural Grant Programs (Regional Event Admin Order)

These programs provide financial support for Non-Profit Organizations that host events which foster positive community development, celebrate heritage, arts and culture, build bridges between diverse populations, enrich quality of life for residents and improves civic pride in the Municipality. To be eligible for funding, events must be open to the general public to attend, held within the Municipality and be fourteen (14) days or less in duration.

 

Non-Eligible events:

  • sporting tournaments
  • consumer shows
  • conferences
  • private events
  • tradeshows
  • seminars
  • clinics
  • symposiums
  • banquets
  • marketing initiatives
  • fundraising events
  • political events,
  • events receiving funding from other HRM sources
  • events that occur before April 1st of the respective submission year

Eligible Expenses:

Grants may be applied to programing, operating, marketing and promotional expenses. No portion of the grant shall be applied to staff wages, volunteer bursaries or honoraria; or paid to members or officers of an organization’s Board of Directors either directly or indirectly.

 

Community Celebrations

This program supports organizations that deliver small civic events that are a maximum of five (5) days in length, are organized primarily for the benefit and enjoyment of local residents, coincide with a community gathering or civic holiday, and are free to the public to attend. The maximum grant award through this program is $1,000.

 

Established Community Festivals (Program currently at maximum budget and not accepting applications until the 2019/20 fiscal year)

This program supports organizations that deliver events that are a maximum of seven (7) days in length, are organized primarily for the benefit and enjoyment of local residents and are accessible to the public with free or low cost activities. Events must have been in existence for a minimum of three (3) consecutive years and have a minimum budget of $10,000. The maximum grant award through this program is $25,000 and provides up to three (3) years of sustainable funding.

 

Significant Anniversaries

This program supports organizations that deliver events organized around major quarterly (25, 50, 75, etc.) anniversaries that celebrate Halifax's heritage and community. Events must have a minimum budget of $5,000 and cannot be eligible for consideration under any other HRM program. The maximum grant award through this program is $10,000. *Please note that this program does not support Canada 150 events/ initiatives.

 

Cultural Events & Showcases (Program currently at maximum budget and not accepting applications until the 2019/20 fiscal year)

This program supports organizations that deliver arts and culture festivals that have strong cultural content, are accessible to the public with free or low cost activities and further the disciplines of literary, media, performing and visual arts. Events must have a minimum budget of $50,000 and further the principles and objectives of the HRM Cultural Plan specifically the ‘Seven Pillars of Culture: (1) Heritage, (2) the Arts, (3) Community Design, (4) Life Long Learning, (5) Diversity, (6) Leisure and Celebration and (7) Economic Development. The maximum grant award through this program is $60,000 and provides up to three (3) years of sustainable funding.

 

 

Tourism Grant Programs (MSLER Admin Order)

These programs provide financial support for major events that support tourism and business development. This program’s funding source is the Marketing Levy Special Events Reserve (MLSER). The MLSER is funded through a 2% hotel tax that applies to any overnight sleeping establishment that has twenty (20) rooms or more. The MLSER’s purpose is to fund events that deliver an increase in create room nights and economic development within HRM.

 

Non-Eligible events:

  • consumer shows
  • conferences
  • private events
  • tradeshows
  • marketing initiatives
  • seminars
  • clinics
  • symposiums
  • banquets
  • fundraising events
  • political events
  • events receiving funding from other HRM sources
  • events that occur before April 1st of the respective submission year

Eligible Expenses:

Grants may be applied to programing, operating, marketing and promotional expenses. No portion of the grant shall be applied to staff wages, volunteer bursaries or honoraria; or paid to members or officers of an organization’s Board of Directors either directly or indirectly.

 

Emerging Events

This program supports new events that address gaps in the existing event calendar and have the potential to become a major tourism event. Applicant organizations must have operated for a minimum of one (1) year and the event must have a minimum budget of $50,000. The maximum grant award through this program is $25,000.

 

Tourism Events

This program supports major tourism events that have a minimum budget of $300,000. As well, additional funding up to a maximum of 10% of the previous year’s total grant amount may be considered to support additional programming for an anniversary (quarter century intervals) of the event. There is no restriction for annual funding from this program. The maximum grant award through this program is 10% of the previous year's budget (or proposed budget if first time event) up to $50,000.

 

Signature Events

This program supports major tourism events that have been in existence for a minimum of five (5) consecutive years and have a minimum budget of $500,000. Sustainable funding up to a maximum of three (3) years is available for eligible events. As well, additional funding up to a maximum of 10% of the previous year’s total grant amount may be considered to support additional programming for an anniversary (quarter century intervals) of the event. The maximum grant award through this program is 10% of the previous year's budget up to $100,000.

 

Major Hosting Events

This program supports Organizations bidding on the rights to host major events and supports programs, activities and services specific to the delivery of a major event being hosted in Halifax. Events must be of a size and scope sufficient to draw tourists to the Municipality’s communities, attract significant media exposure, and profile Halifax nationally and globally. Maximum grant award of 10% of proposed budget if first time event. Interested Organizations for this program are to contact Paul Forrest at forrestp@halifax.ca.

 

If you have inquiry on funding awarded in a previous fiscal, or questions/ comments on the HRM Event Grant process, please contact:

Paul Forrest, Coordinator
Culture & Events
Halifax Regional Municipality

P.O. Box 1749
Halifax, N.S. B3J 3A5

Phone: 902.490.6979
Fax:. 902.490.5950
Email: forrestp@halifax.ca