Reconnect festival and event program now open for applications


Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark has announced that the Ontario government has opened the application window for the Reconnect Festival and Event Program.

The new, $9-million initiative will help municipalities and event organizers safely reconnect people to their communities through online, drive-through and other innovative experiences.

“Our government recognizes that festivals and special events make enormous contributions to our economy and quality of life in Leeds and Grenville,” said Clark. “I am pleased that we are supporting local event organizers in creating safe, innovative experiences that will help in getting people connected with their communities again and provide a positive economic impact during this challenging time.”

“COVID-19 has had an unprecedented and devastating impact on our local festivals and events,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “This important investment through the new Reconnect Festival and Event Program will continue to support Ontarians as they reconnect and experience all their local communities have to offer.”

Funding may be used for eligible expenses such as programming and production, promotion, mobile applications and website development as well as the implementation of health and safety measures. This funding will be used to ensure public safety requirements are met, while developing creative programs such as virtual Remembrance Day events, holiday parades with drive-by static floats, drive-in music concerts and movies and holiday tree lightings.

The application period for the Reconnect Festival and Event Program runs from October 8 to December 1, 2020.

The Reconnect Festival and Event Program is open to organizers with a minimum $50,000 operating budget and the capacity to safely reconnect Ontarians with their communities.


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