Celebrate Ontario 2014 comprises three funding categories:
Celebrate Ontario 2014 helps new or existing Ontario festivals and events enhance programs, activities and services that will lead to long-term improvements. This support helps grow tourism in the province by making it easier for festival and event organizers to offer new and improved experiences that will attract more tourists and increase visitor spending. Each Celebrate Ontario 2014 application will be assessed to determine its ability to deliver the following demonstrated results:
• increase in attendance and extended geographic reach of the festival or event;
• increase in tourist visitation and tourist receipts; and
• improvements in the quality of tourism festivals and events and stronger festival and event organizations.
Celebrate Ontario 2014 Blockbuster consists of two streams. The Event Bid stream supports bidding costs for major one-time events and the Event Hosting stream supports hosting costs for major one-time events. Support is available for bidding on or hosting major one-time events or events that do not recur annually in Ontario, but travel nationally or internationally to host destinations. These events must be of a size and scope sufficient to draw tourists to Ontario’s communities, attract significant media exposure, and profile Ontario’s destinations nationally and globally. Blockbuster events must have a cash operating budget in excess of $1 million.
Celebrate Ontario 2014 International Amateur Sport Hosting provides project-based funding to help sport organizations and other municipalities deliver major sport events in Ontario.
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