Various tourism funding opportunities are currently open for applications in Manitoba! A brief overview of each is outlined below, with links to websites for more info & access to application forms:
Small Business Online Sales & Marketing Supports (up to $750 per entrepreneur):
Available for entrepreneurs to access professional services to move their business sales online, enhance their online services or improve online marketing. Rural businesses and Indigenous businesses in Manitoba (rural & urban) can apply. Eligible services can include graphic designers, web designers, IT supports, E-commerce set up assistance, social media set up, social content creation, video and photography. Funding through CF Manitoba and available on a first come, first serve basis.
More info at: https://cfmanitoba.ca/small-business-online-sales-and-marketing-supports
Local Initiatives Program (LIP) (up to $3,000 for eligible costs):
The purpose of the Local Initiatives Program (funded by CF Westman) is to strengthen our communities by supporting small scale- projects led by non-profit organizations and municipalities, that strive to enhance community economic development efforts and tourism. Eligible projects will contribute to the economic development of the region and target community priorities for growth and development. Partnerships are encouraged. Application deadline is November 15th.
Tourism and Hospitality Student Work Placement Program (up to $7,500 for each student hired):
Funded by the Government of Canada through the Student Work Placement Program, Propel offers registered Canadian businesses, start-ups and not-for-profits related to the tourism and hospitality sector a wage subsidy of up to 75% of a qualifying student’s wages, to a maximum of $7,500. Students enrolled at a recognized post-secondary institution can apply for a paid position to fulfil the co-op or internship component of their program. The position being covered must be a work-integrated learning opportunity for a post-secondary student but can be accessed by businesses that cover all facets of the visitor economy: accommodations, food and beverage services, culinary, recreation, entertainment, culture, events, transportation, travel services, and more.
Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) (up to $100,000 for up to 50% of eligible costs or fully repayable contributions up to $500,000 for up to 75% of eligible costs):
The Tourism Relief Fund, administered by Canada’s regional development agencies and Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), supports tourism businesses and organizations adapt their operations to meet public health requirements while investing in products and services to facilitate their future growth. With a budget of $500 million over two years (ending March 31, 2023), including $50 million specifically dedicated to Indigenous tourism initiatives, and $15 million for national initiatives, this fund will position Canada to be a destination of choice when domestic and international travel is once again safe by empowering tourism operators to create new or enhance existing tourism experiences and products to attract more local and domestic visitors.