Indigenous Tourism BC through a partnership with Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport is delivering a $5 Million Dollar Fund through the BC Tourism Indigenous Recovery Fund. This fund will provide non-repayable grant contributions of up to $45,000 to Indigenous businesses in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19.
The program will provide recovery support to assist Indigenous businesses that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption of the 2020/21 tourism business.
This Fund is to assist Market-Ready Indigenous tourism businesses in BC who are experiencing business disruption and financial loss due to COVID-19. It is meant to provide support to bridge businesses towards implementation of a recovery plan.
Applicants will be required to share business and financial information on their business.
Applicants that received funding from the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation’s – Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant will be eligible for an amount that would not exceed an aggregate total of $45,000.
More info on this grant can be found at Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant.
Eligible recipients are registered Indigenous Tourism BC Stakeholders who are Indigenous tourism businesses (51% owned or more indigenous-owned) offering market-ready Indigenous tourism products and experiences in BC.
Due to COVID-19, Indigenous Tourism BC has waived all Stakeholder fees.
For questions about joining as a Stakeholder, please connect with Samantha Rullin, Stakeholder and Marketing Coordinator at email: [email protected].
Indigenous Tourism British Columbia expects to receive a high volume of applications for this program. To ensure that as many Indigenous tourism businesses as possible receive recovery support, applicants may be approved for a lower amount than requested.
The funding levels for approved eligible projects will be based on the following criteria: Requests will not exceed $45,000 per applicant/business.
Applications will be accepted as follows:
Applications will be reviewed based on two intakes. Assessment will be done on financial statements that identify reductions in 2020 revenue from 2019 revenues. Additionally, an assessment of the recovery plan will be undertaken. Please provide details, quotes, and any supporting documentation that will strengthen the recovery plan.
All proprietary data, commercially sensitive information and potentially valuable results or ideas will be protected from unauthorized, inadvertent or untimely disclosure. Beyond the parties already mentioned above, confidential commercial information will not be shared without the applicant’s consent.
Recipients will be required to submit periodic project reports. Project reports will provide details on results and completion of deliverables.
Indigenous Tourism BC has compiled a list of financial support resources, including federal, provincial, and local programs.Learn More