New ‘Fabulous Festivals and Events’ program

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Northern Development’s mandate is to strengthen and diversify the economy in Northern B.C. – the Fabulous Festivals and Events program does just that. Festivals and events directly impact the local economy through increased consumer spending. These events attract visitors to the community who stay at hotels, eat at restaurants and spend their money at local businesses. This grant funding will help organizers expand or promote their festival or event, which will increase attendance and positively impact the local economy.

The funding is specifically designed to support registered non-profit organizations that host home grown festivals and events that promote or strengthen the unique character of the community. The festival or event must demonstrate economic benefits for the community, community support, engagement and inclusiveness. The funding requested must be used to increase the capacity of the event. Ineligible event types would include events in their first year of operation or fundraisers, events that are political or religious in nature, events that are replicated through the province or country and events that are directly organized by a local government.

Eligible festivals and events can be approved for up to $2,500 in funding each calendar year and may apply again the following year. One of the primary goals of the program is to provide grant funding that’s reliable for small festivals and events on an ongoing basis.

The Big Pig Mountain Bike Festival in Burns Lake has quickly become one of the premier trail-riding events in Northern B.C. each year, supporting local businesses and diversifying the economy in Burns Lake. Northern Development provided grant support to help make the festival a success. Watch to learn how it helped make a difference in Burns Lake!


Northern Development is accepting applications on an ongoing basis, so if you think you are eligible for funding, please contact Northern Development staff to discuss your project in further detail, or to secure an application form.

Phone : (250) 561-2525