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Applications Now Open for 2018 Large Scale Tourism Events Funding
Posted Date: 4/16/2018
Large Scale Tourism Funding 2018

The City of Grande Prairie is now accepting applications for Large Scale Tourism Events Funding.

Over the last year the policy has been reviewed and amended requirements for applications have been introduced. These changes include:

  • The proximity of the tourism draw must be 100 kilometres or greater
  • The Crosslink County Sportsplex was added as a permitted event location
  • Applications can be received for single year event funding
  • The single year funding must not exceed 50% of the annual Large Scale Tourism Events budget
  • Preference of funding will be for new (less than five years old) or expanded events

The application evaluation criteria that remain from the previous policy include:

  • The event is expected to have a tourism draw of at least 35% attendees from outside Grande Prairie
  • The event must take place within the City of Grande Prairie or alternatively, at Evergreen Park in the County of Grande Prairie
  • Event must proceed regardless of weather conditions
  • Applicant must provide proof of the quality and sustainability of the event
  • Applications may be for festivals or sporting events
  • Applicant's organization must be a not-for-profit

“100% allocation of the 2017 funding was achieved and economic benefit to Grande Prairie has been demonstrated,” says Karen McGriskin, Manager of Sports Development, Wellness and Culture.

“The first year of the funding process has provided City Council and Management the opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of the fund, identify areas in the application process to streamline for overall efficiency and to identify changes to provide consistency with other grant processes.”

The deadline to apply has been extended to May 14, 2018. Visit for full details on the policy, procedure and application form.

The purpose of the Large Scale Tourism Events Funding is to encourage exciting and vibrant events in our community that promote diverse culture, celebration of heritage and advancement of sport. It is offered in an effort to grow tourism to Grande Prairie, encourage volunteerism among residents, provide a safe and vibrant community and attract people to our city.