COMOX VALLEY – New Democrat MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says new support from the BC New Democrat government will help local fairs, festivals and community events resume in the Comox Valley.
“Local events and festivals are a great way for our community to attract visitors, and a chance for locals to spend more time with family and friends,” said MLA Leonard. “I’m pleased to see that the passion and dedication of the people who put these events on is being recognized and that, in spite of the challenges COVID-19 have created, they’ll be able to continue providing us all with quality entertainment, food, and fun.”
6 fairs, festivals, and events in the region will benefit from nearly $320,000 in recovery funding. Events and festivals like Vancouver Island MusicFest and the Comox Nautical Days are among the recipients.
These fairs, festivals, and events are among the 680 events across the province supported by the BC New Democrat government’s investment. The government is providing nearly $30 million in one-time grants to eligible event organizers to support their efforts to resume safely. Grant amounts for each event are up to 20% of the total event budget, up to a maximum of $250,000.
Successful recipients demonstrated the economic and social benefits of their event, as well as strong local or regional support. Examples of eligible expenses include operational costs, health and safety measures, venue rental, marketing, wages and promotion.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the New Democrat government has worked closely with B.C.’s tourism sector and provided $225 million in support to ensure businesses and non-profits can continue to draw visitors and benefit local communities for years to come.