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2021-2022 Partnership Opportunities from Central Counties

Central Counties Tourism modified its industry partner program to address these concerns regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, to support organizations working at keeping their guests, and potential guests, engaged as the region slowly reopens.

Priority applications

Central Counties Tourism supports and promotes tourism providers in Durham Region, York Region and Headwaters Tourism Region, with four target areas:

1 Capacity Building, helping the tourism industry to: attract and retain guests; be better prepared for tourism; leverage investments to bring in the group-tour market; offset the costs of tourism workshops and meetings in preparation for tourism readiness.

2 Product/Experience Development, including research (like finding the stories, curating them and delivering them to the public via podcast, brochure, etc.), hard costs associated with building new tourism products/experiences (except capital expenditures), like signage, exhibitions, maps, podcasts, apps, etc.; festival development – both new festivals and festival improvements, which can include operation items like staging, talent, fencing, etc.; operating costs to implement new elements to increase attendance, like security, ticketing, gates, signs, etc.

3 Communications/Marketing, including familiarization tours, festival promotion, media, advertising, co-ops, wayfinding.

NOTE  If your project isn’t repesented in the above criteria, it may still be eligible for partnership with the CCDT. Contact ForthWrite Canada by clicking here and we can begin the discussion.

New intake periods

March 15, 2021 for projects beginning April 1 – May 31
May 15, 2021 for projects beginning June 1 – July 31
July 15, 2021 for projects beginning August 1 – September 30
Sept 15, 2021 for projects beginning October 1 – December 31
December 15, 2021 for projects beginning January 1 – March 31, 2022

Finances

Not a grant, the partnership with CCT offers up to 40 per cent of project cost. Conditions require that an organization’s portion of the money be spent before the CCT contributes their portion. Subsequently, be prepared to show proof of payment for your portion of your budget to the CCT before accessing their portion of the partnership funds.

Once a partner submits proof (bank statements, cashed cheques, paid credit card statements) of invoice payments, they can submit for unpaid invoices to CCT, who will pay them directly to the vendor.

Partnership advantages

Central Counties will help your project by offering their network of contacts, and ability to share success stories through their communications across the region.

How to apply

For assistance in preparing your application, contact ForthWrite Canada by clicking here.

Step 1 – Review

Look at your proposed project through a tourism lens. Is your project going to help you drive and retain visitors from outside of your area? Is there opportunity for them to spend money while they are here? Is there a way to measure the success of your project and at what points are you going to share your stories with CCT?

Step 2 – Project Brief

Describe the project and how it will fit with one or more of CCT’s priorities. Explain how the partnership will further the success of the project. Please see APPENDIX I for a template.

Step 3 – Project Budget

How much money does your organization have to support the project? What does the project budget (revenue & expenses) look like with CCT’s participation? Please note your investment can’t come from other provincial sources (e.g. grants).

Step 4 – Metrics

Explain what project success (ROI) looks like. How will success be measured and reported to CCT?

Step 5 – Submit your Proposal

For assistance submitting contact ForthWrite Canada by clicking here.

Step 6 – Project Review

Assistance in preparing and reviewing project applications in advance of submission deadline is available, upon request.

NOTE  The CCT’s The Partnership Committee meets to approve the applications within 10 business days of application deadlines. All applicants will be notified the following week regarding the status of the partnership.

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Central Counties Tourism offering valuable partnership opportunities

NOTE  the latest intake period is May 15, 2021 for projects beginning June 1 – July 31

With the ambition to attract more tourists to Durham Region and to extend their stay while there, Central Counties Tourism is continuing its industry partner programs.

Historically Central Counties has continuously performed partner intakes until all available funds have been committed. This year the periods are staggered, so seasonal events have equitable access to funds before they are committed.

Intake periods:

March 15, 2021 for projects beginning April 1 – May 31
May 15, 2021 for projects beginning June 1 – July 31
July 15, 2021 for projects beginning August 1 – September 30
Sept 15, 2021 for projects beginning October 1 – December 31
December 15, 2021 for projects beginning January 1 – March 31, 2022

For further application details and program specifics, follow this link.

To request support in preparing the Central Counties Partnership Opportunities Application and the Partnership Report Template, contact ForthWrite Canada by clicking here.

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Up to $150,000 available for projects restoring water quality

Funding for Great Lakes protection

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has announced a series of new environmental funding opportunities as part of their Great Lakes Proection Initiative, ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 for projects that restore water quality and ecosystem health, with requests for applications due by March 3.

This funding is widely accessible. Eligible recipients include conservation authorities, indigenous communities or their governments; indigenous organizations or associations, municipalities, non-governmental organizations, not for profit organizations; for profit organizations; and research, academic, and educational institutions.

The ECCC provides this funding to restore water quality and aquatic ecosystem health. However, the work must be conducted in the ECCC’s prescribed Areas of Concern, which are:

  • Thunder Bay
  • Nipigon Bay
  • Peninsula Harbour
  • St. Marys River
  • St. Clair River
  • Detroit River
  • Niagara River
  • Hamilton Harbour
  • Toronto and Region
  • Port Hope Harbour
  • Bay of Quinte
  • St. Lawrence River
  • Spanish Harbour
  • Jackfish Bay

Eligible project types include those which contribute to directly eliminating identified “beneficial use impairments” through action, engagement and/or science.

Action projects include implementing remedial actions that result in environmental improvement, including habitat rehabilitation, rural non-point source control, contaminated sediment remediation, municipal wastewater treatment, and urban storm water/combined sewer overflow control.

Engagement projects include supporting strategic engagement with local communities for Remedial Action Plan work planning, implementation and decision-making towards restoring beneficial use impairments.

Science projects include conducting science and monitoring to assess the status of beneficial use impairments against delisting targets and informing remedial action planning and implementation.

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$100K- $25K in funding available for projects focused on improving freshwater

Applications due March 3

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has announced a series of new environmental funding opportunities, with requests for applications due by March 3, including the EcoAction Community Funding Program.

Up to $100,000 in funding is available for new projects that engage Canadians and clearly demonstrates measurable, positive results related to fresh water through the EcoAction Community Funding Program.

You may be eligible if, through your project, Canadians are contributing to the improvement of water quality through the diversion and reduction of harmful substances in freshwater.

Or, you may be eligible if your project helps Canadians contribute to the improvement of freshwater management and increases climate resilience through action involving the development and/or restoration of natural infrastructure.

This program is designed for non-profit and non-government groups and organizations, and the Government of Canada prioritizes projects that engage Indigenous Peoples, youth, or small businesses. Eligible groups include environmental groups; community groups; youth and seniors groups; community-based associations; service clubs; and Indigenous organizations.

You may be part of an ineligible group, including businesses, educational institutions, a C3 organization (like a corporation, trust, or unincorporated association exempt from federal income tax), crown corporations, individuals, or a municipal, provincial or territorial government. However, you may still be eligible for funding if you partner with an eligible organization.

Note, this funding is for projects beginning summer 2021.

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