Community Cultural Festivals and Events Funding Program

Your non-profit organization may be eligible for up to $2,500 to assist with costs to attract visitors to your festival or event. The amount of funding offered through the Community Cultural Festivals and Events Funding Program is based on the number of visitors you expect to attract. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2021.

Is our event eligible for this funding?

Any activity that attracts visitors and provides them opportunities to experience Prince Edward Island’s heritage, culture, and cuisine may be eligible for financial assistance through this program. The festival or event must clearly and specifically target participants and spectators and align with the priorities of the PEI Culture Action Plan.

Applications will be received from a registered non-profit organization supported by an identified executive committee. Private sector events are not eligible for investment support under this fund.

What level of funding is available for eligible projects?

Funding will be allocated to eligible applicants based on attendee participation:

Category   I: Up to $2,500 maximum to attract over 3,000 people

Category  II: Up to $1,500 maximum to attract minimum 1,500 people

What do we need in order to apply for funding?

Your application must clearly demonstrate that your proposed activity addresses the following key objectives:

  • takes place between April 1st and March 31st; 
  • is well organized and widely marketed; 
  • reflects a unique PEI culturally diverse experience; 
  • aligns with the priorities of the PEI Culture Action Plan; 
  • meets the insurance requirements outlined in the funding agreement; and 
  • is environmentally sensitive.

In addition, the application screening committee may consider the following factors:

  • time of year, location and duration of the event 
  • new development idea or unique theme 
  • financial need 
  • level of private sector support 
  • level of past government support 
  • estimated attendance 
  • marketing plans

Your application must also include:

  • a pre-established budget including proposed revenues and expenses with all funding resources and requests;  
  • financial statements of the event from previous year(s); and 
  • detailed sponsorship and marketing plans. 
  • a fully completed application form
  • a COVID-19 Operational Plan and a viability plan that addresses the information listed here.

When will funds be dispersed?

  • Once your project is approved, all required supporting documents are submitted and the funding agreement is signed, 80 per cent of funds will be issued.
  • The final 20 per cent will be released upon receipt of final invoice and the approval of the final reporting documents, due before March 31st.

When reporting documents are required?

Upon completion of your festival/event please submit the following reporting documents before March 31st:

  • written evaluation of your project;
  • a copy of your budget vs actual spreadsheet that includes all sources of revenues and expenses; and
  • samples of marketing materials, i.e. press releases, copy of posters, flyers, etc.

Successful applicants will be provided with a template for completing the final report.

Please note: Organizations or committees approved for funding must use Innovation PEI logo on all promotional materials involving the event or festival.

How do we apply for funding?

  • Only one application per organization will be accepted per fiscal year.
  • Applications will be accepted for only one departmentally funded program for each project.
  • Submit all supporting documents with your completed application.

You must apply using the Community Cultural Festivals and Events Funding Application.

Who can I contact for more information?

Community Cultural Festivals and Events Funding Program

Shannon Pratt
Creative Industries Development Officer
Phone: 902-.626-8613

Innovation PEI
94 Euston Street, Charlottetown

Published date: 
January 13, 2017
Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture

General Inquiries

Cultural Development Division, Innovation PEI
Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture
94 Euston Street
PO Box 910
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7L9
Telephone: 902-368-6300
Toll-free (North America): 1-800-563-3734
Fax: 902-368-6301