RURAL COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS CAN ACCESS SUPPORT
In 2009, the Regional District of Mount Waddington, in partnership with the local accommodation sector, instructed the Province to levy a 2 per cent Municipal Rural District Tax (MRDT) in Electoral Areas A, B, C, D and the Village of Port Alice. Through agreements signed between RDMW and the three other municipalities, the majority of the MRDT revenue raised regionally goes toward Vancouver Island North Tourism’s regional destination marketing activities.
A small percentage of the MRDT is retained for community tourism destination marketing purposes in the RDMW bylaw area. This modest sum of annual revenue is being made available, while funds exist, to community organisations through a competitive application process that will be reviewed by the five RDMW Directors representing the bylaw area.
The primary goal is to assist rural communities in increasing tourism activity in their economies. While a regional scale approach is essential, taking time to enhance local level destination marketing through a variety of community-initiated support activities is also important.
- Leveraging private sector or other resources to secure community tourism goals;
- Providing an incentive to improve key building facades and capital assets that improve the visitor experience and marketability of communities;
- Increase attendance numbers at local events and festivals through new niche activities or stronger promotion outside the local area;
- Improving visitor information on rural communities in all media and formats.
PLEASE NOTE THE 2015 RURAL TOURISM ACTION GRANT DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 31, 2015!
ALL PROPOSALS MUST CONFORM, WHERE RELEVANT, TO REGIONAL DISTRICT OF MOUNT WADDINGTON OR VILLAGE OF PORT ALICE POLICIES AND BYLAWS. PROPOSALS THAT WOULD CONTRAVENE BYLAWS OR CONDONE/ PROMOTE A KNOWN BYLAW INFRINGEMENT ARE INELIGIBLE FOR SUPPORT.
PROPOSALS THAT CONCERN PRIVATE OR PUBLIC LAND MUST HAVE AND PROVE ALL NECESSARY SUPPORT, PERMITS AND REGULATORY APPROVALS PRIOR TO FUNDING APPROVAL.
Ensure that you review the entire package before completing and submitting an application.