Member E-newsletter - December 17th, 2021

Province introduces new COVID-19 measures for safer holiday season
effective Sunday, Dec 18th at midnight


Celebration and Commemoration Program — Reopening Fund
This 1-year funding initiative, available through the Celebration and Commemoration Program, will provide funding to eligible recipients to support initiatives that meet 1 or more of the following requirements:

  • increase opportunities for Canadians to participate in various commemorative activities and celebrations to mark Canada’s emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • build a sense of pride and belonging to Canada by holding celebratory and commemorative activities that recognize people and achievements in the response to COVID-19
  • support the revival of local economies through in person events

Who can apply

The following organizations are eligible for funding:

  • Canadian not-for-profit organization, corporation, trust, cooperative, or unincorporated association
  • Canadian for-profit organization where proposed projects are non-commercial in nature
  • Canadian educational institution
  • Canadian provincial/territorial, municipal government, Indigenous government (or equivalent authority) or another municipal, provincial or territorial institution

The following organizations are not eligible for funding:

  • private individuals and political parties
  • federal departments, their institutions and portfolio agencies

Eligible projects

To be eligible for funding from the Celebration and Commemoration Reopening Fund, your project must:

  • be free of charge (no admission fees or donation required for entry)
  • be open to the general public and promoted as such
  • support the revival of local economies after the hardship of the pandemic
  • commemorate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, either as a general theme or by specifically honouring first responders, front-line workers, communities, pay tribute to lives lost or
  • provide an opportunity for Canadians impacted by COVID-19 to share their stories, experiences and contributions during the course of the pandemic in Canada

Examples of eligible projects:

  • one-time celebratory or commemorative events that encourage participation and engagement
  • commemorative gardens or monuments (not exceeding $100,000)
  • educational and awareness material, exhibits or documentaries

The project must not be designed for fundraising for operational purposes or generate commercial advantage or profit.

How to apply

Application deadline
Applications must be received by January 10, 2022.
B.C. fairs, festivals, events benefit from recovery funding

131 organizations in the Thompson/Okanagan have received funding to help with the delivery of fairs, festivals and events in their communities. The Summerland Chamber of Commerce was successful in their application for support of the "Light Up Summerland" event.

"We are delighted to have received this funding towards our light up event as it allows us to expand on our shop local initiatives and create better awareness of our local businesses at a special time of year" says Ron Kubek, Chamber President.

For more information on this funding and what organizations were successful see full press release here.
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