Note: Expenditure of funds on Partnership Programs is contingent on the Province’s Declaration of Emergency and Emergency Orders being lifted and adherence to subsequent orders; in the meantime, applications will be processed and those approved will have required plans put into place so that we are prepared to implement as soon as provincial change orders have occurred.

Festivals are BIG here.  With over 500 identified festivals and events days across BruceGreySimcoe, they help to form the backbone of why it’s so great to come here.  Some events are small and geared towards the locals, while other festivals are huge and help to drive the economic engine of a community by attracting thousands of tourists. 
 
The May 2014 report – RTO7: Regional Strategic Plan for Festivals and Events by Sierra Planning and Management, (available on www.rto7data.ca), identified that many of the festivals and events across BruceGreySimcoe needed to build capacity, create sustainability and develop stronger marketing strategies.  The Festival Implementation Program is designed to help well-established  and regional/emerging festivals (please see reference guide for definitions), to achieve at least one of the following things:
 

  • Increase visitor spending,
  • Help to reduce overcrowding in areas that are experiencing capacity issues,
  • Increase length of stay, and/or
  • Increase return visits to BruceGreySimcoe.

 
If a festival can demonstrate a financial investment of at least $1,000 towards achieving at least one of the items listed above, they may be eligible to receive $1,000 - $5,000 from RTO7 towards a social media advertising campaign.  The festival partner must be able to match RTO7’s contribution through this investment in themselves.  The partner is required to provide receipts to prove their contribution.
 
One organization can apply for up to five (5) in a single year.
 

NEW IN 2020/21


All partnerships will require the payment of a $200.00 administration fee.  The applicant will receive Environics Analytics analysis of the postal code data provided (minimum of 500 per application).  Applications where multiple partners exist can have each partner’s postal code data analyzed or mobility data for a cost of  $600.00 each (municipalities only).

This data (provided it is provided 30 days in advance) will be useful to you in your marketing targeting and product development.  The markets, segments and activities that RTO7 targets i.e. the geographic audiences and types of tourists we are aiming to attract and types of activities we promote are outlined here. The data you provide through postal codes will be aggregated across all partners in the longer term to form a clearer, more refined picture of the state of tourism within the region to inform your and our future decision making. 

In addition to postal code data, the data that partners may be required to include in their final reporting to assess performance will depend on the project and objectives in question. Data that is considered most useful to RTO7 and/or stakeholders is elaborated on here.

Examples of festivals FIP has supported:


Deadline, Application Form and Criteria


Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until January 31, 2021 or until the program is fully subscribed.

To check to see if you are eligible for the program, please review the program criteria by clicking on the links below.

Note:  Please allow six weeks lead time before the start date of your festival to allow sufficient time for the set up and running of digital marketing campaigns.

If you require more information or have any questions, contact Amanda at apausner@rto7.ca / 226-568-0242 or Kim at kclarke@rto7.ca / 519-379-2506.