Regional events receiving recovery funding
The Government of B.C. is providing nearly $30 million through one-time grants to eligible event organizers to support their efforts to resume safely, with some of that money going to 22 East Kootenay events.
Regional events receiving funds
Canal Flats Community Society – Flats Fest Music Festival – $18,000
Sam Steele Days Youth Soccer Tournament – $4,681
Elk Valley Pride Festival – $11,240
Fernie Dunbar Summer Series Canada Cup/BC Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Race – $5,280
Fernie Gravel Grind – Cycling Event – $4,500
Fernie Griz Days – Annual winter heritage festival – $10,000
Reel Canadian Film Festival – $3,170
Elk Valley Gymnastics Club – Rocky Mountain Tumble – $4,186
Wednesday Social – Arts and Cultural Festival – $18,550
TransRockies Singletrack 6 – Mountain Bike Race (Fernie, Kimberley, Rossland) $79,000
Dunbar Summer Series – Canadian Mountain Bike Championships Fernie, Panorama, Kicking Horse – $10,000
FIS Spring Series at Panorama Mountain Resort – Ski race series – $6,180
Snowflake Festival – $ 3,727
Wings Over the Rockies Nature Festival – $14,428
Panorama Mountain Resort
2021 Panorama Nor-Am World Junior Ski Championship Test Event – $35,000
FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships – $231,800
Timber Tour: Panorama – $5,800
TransRockies Gravel Royale (Panorama and Fernie) $99,000
Starbelly Jam Music Festival – $40,000
Freeride World Tour 2022 Kicking Horse Resort/Golden $225,000
Golden 24 – 24hr Mountain Bike Race Golden $17,000
Golden Ultra – 3 day Trail Running Race Golden $29,000
Psychosis Downhill 2022 – Downhill Mountain Bike Race (part of Crankworx Summer Series) Golden $21,223.
Grant amounts for each event are as much as 20% of the total event budget, for a maximum of $250,000.
Recipients demonstrated the economic and social benefits to the community and strong local or regional support. Eligible expenses include operational costs, health and safety measures, venue rental, marketing, wages, and promotion.
“We’re thrilled that people can once again safely enjoy their local fairs, festivals and events with their families and friends,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “We heard overwhelmingly from event organizers that grants, not loans, were key to keeping their doors open to the public and workers employed. Our government answered their call to action, as we know the major impact these community gatherings have on our mental health and local businesses around them.”
Applications for the Fairs, Festivals and Events Recovery Fund grant were accepted from Aug. 27 to Oct. 1, for events that were scheduled between July 1, 2021, and Sept. 30, 2022.
Eligible events include arts, culture and sporting events and festivals, community celebrations and gatherings, agricultural fairs, rodeos and exhibitions.
Lead image: Fernie’s Griz Days 2020. e-KNOW file photos