Ontario Supporting Local Festivals and Events

Published on October 13, 2020

Minister MacLeod launched the new Reconnect Festival and Event Program to support municipalities and event organizers, as they maintain public safety requirements to reconnect people to their communities through online, drive-through and other innovative experiences.

This $9 million investment will go towards creative programs such as virtual Remembrance Day events, reverse holiday parades with drive-by static floats, drive-in music concerts and movies, holiday tree lightings and New Year’s Eve displays that light-up iconic buildings.

Funding may be used for eligible expenses such as programming and production, promotion, mobile applications and website development, and implementation of health and safety measures.

The Reconnect Festival and Event Program allows event organizers who have adapted or who are adapting to new public safety requirements to apply for funding to allow for their events to continue. This ensures support is directed to community-based events working to deliver innovative and safe experiences, while creating opportunities that encourage Ontarians to reconnect with the beauty and diversity of their community in new and innovative ways.

The application period for the Reconnect Festival and Event Program runs from October 8 to December 1, 2020.

The Reconnect Festival and Event Program is open to organizers with a minimum $50,000 operating budget and the capacity to safely reconnect Ontarians with their communities.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

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