Recovery awards a portion of more than $ 30 million awarded to 680 events across British Columbia
Over a dozen events in Whistler are receiving a significant financial boost through one-time grants from the Government of British Columbia.
Monday, December 13 Victoria announced over $ 30 million in one-time grants awarded to more than 680 events across the province. Of that amount, a total of $ 1,161,013 was donated to 14 different events in Whistler, a program meant to support event planners as they safely resume operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are delighted that people can once again safely enjoy their local fairs, festivals and events with their family and friends,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport in a communicated. “We have heard the overwhelming majority of event planners say that grants, not loans, are essential in keeping their doors open to the public and to employed workers. Our government has responded to their call to action because we know the major impact of these community gatherings on our mental health and the local businesses around them. “
The Whistler events that received funding were: Crankworx ($ 250,000); Granfondo Whistler ($ 250,000); the Whistler Film Festival ($ 250,000); Cornucopia ($ 135,000); 2022 Canadian Nordic Nationals / US Super Tour Final and Continental Cup Nordic Combined Ski Jumping Championships ($ 125,000); the Whistler Music Festival ($ 48,040); the Whistler Writers Festival and the Authors in Schools program ($ 25,000); the Whistler 50 Relay and Ultra ($ 21,733); the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation North American Cup Bobsleigh + IBSF Intercontinental Cup Skeleton Whistler ($ 20,000); the Flag Stop Theater & Arts Festival ($ 15,000); the Whistler Half Marathon ($ 9,940); the BC Biathlon Cup ($ 5,000); the U-13 Biathlon Championships ($ 3,500); and the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association’s Back Forty Mountain Bike Race ($ 2,800).
Three Pemberton events also received funding: Slow Food Cycle Sunday ($ 8,522); the Pemberton Enduro ($ 3,275); and the Women’s Spudcrusher Enduro ($ 3,275).
Grant amounts from the Fairs, Festivals and Events Stimulus Fund cover up to 20 percent of an event’s budget, up to a maximum of $ 250,000. Grant applications were accepted from August 27 to October 1 for events scheduled between July 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022.
For the full list of grant recipients, visit news.gov.bc.ca/files/BCFFE_Funded_Events.pdf.
Come back with Prick next week for a catch-up story with some of the local grant recipients.