Event Development Grant

City of Thunder Bay

Relevent Country: Canada

The City of Thunder Bay is pleased to announce the Event Development Grant to support event organizers with start-up costs associated with hosting or bidding for new and inaugural events as well as international, national, provincial, and regional championships.

The grant program is administered by the Recreation & Culture Division with the assistance of a Grant Review Committee.

Funding Information

  • Grants up to $25,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Not-for-profit organization (incorporation required)
  • Sanctioning governing body endorsement (i.e. from Provincial or National Association)
  • or Resolution of your Board of Directors
  • or Letters of support from your partners
  • Special one-time event
  • or Inaugural event
  • Event is regional, provincial, national, international in scope
  • Event will attract spectators/participants from out-of-town
  • Event is a championship, tournament, festival or sporting in nature
  • Applicant organization is based locally
  • Who can access the grant?
  • Incorporated not-for-profit organizations who are bidding to host or have won the right to host regional/provincial/national/international events.
  • Incorporated not-for-profit organizations who are staging a new or inaugural event, tournament or festival.

Note: Conferences, conventions, workshops, concerts/shows and fundraising events are not typically eligible.


  • Grant recipients shall acknowledge the support of the City of Thunder Bay’s Event Development Grant funding program in advertising, publicity, programs, signage and plaques relating to the event for which funds are granted. The recipient shall not hold the City as a partner or otherwise responsible for any obligations relating to the organization.
  • If successful in receiving grant funds, your organization must submit a post-project report along with copies of receipts for all purchases made with Event Development Grant funds within 60 days of the completion of the project. For grants over $25,000 an audited financial statement must be provided.
  • An application may not be considered if the applicant has failed to account satisfactorily for previous City of Thunder Bay grant funding received.

Source: https://www.thunderbay.ca/en/city-hall/event-development-grant.aspx#Application-form-and-deadlines