Cultural Tourism Festivals and Events Funding Program

Your non-profit organization may be eligible for up to $2,500 to assist with costs to attract off-Island visitors to your festival or event. The amount of funding offered through the Cultural Tourism Festivals and Events Funding Program is based on the number of visitors you expect to attract.   Applications will be accepted until March 1st or until funds are depleted.

PLEASE NOTE: The Cultural Tourism Festival and Events Program funds have been exhausted for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Applications for 2019- 2020 program will be available in the new year. Please check back.

Is our event eligible for this funding?

Any activity which attracts visitors to PEI and provides them opportunities to experience Prince Edward Island’s heritage, culture, and cuisine may be eligible for financial assistance through this program.

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 Islander and visitor participation:

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

Category  II: Up to $2,000 maximum to attract over 2,000 people

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

Category IV: Up to $1,000 maximum to attract up to 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;
  • targets off-Island visitors (broader appeal than Island residents);
  • reflects a unique PEI culturally diverse experience;
  • 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
  • off-Island attendance
  • marketing plans

Your application must also include:

  • a pre-established budget including proposed revenues and expenditures with all funding resources and requests; 
  • financial statements of the event from previous year(s); and
  • sponsorship and off-Island marketing plans.

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?

Please submit the following reporting documents before March 31st:

  • written evaluation of your project;
  • statement of revenue and expenditures (accompanied by receipts, if requested); and
  • samples of marketing materials, i.e. press releases, copy of posters, flyers, etc.

Please note: Organizations or committees approved for funding must use the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture 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 Cultural Tourism Festivals and Events Funding Application.


Who can I contact for more information?

Cultural Tourism Festivals and Events Funding Program

Shannon Pratt
Creative Industries Development Officer
Phone: 902-569-7742

Innovation PEI
94 Euston Street, Charlottetown

Published date: 
January 13, 2017
Education, Early Learning and Culture

General Inquiries

Cultural Affairs Division
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Telephone: 902-620-3221
Fax: 902-368-4699