Regional Economic Development

RURAL TOURISM ACTION GRANTS

RURAL TOURISM ACTION GRANTS

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 Additional Hotel Room Tax (AHRT) 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 AHRT revenue raised regionally goes toward Vancouver Island North Tourism’s regional destination marketing activities.

 

A small percentage of the AHRT 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.

GOALS INCLUDE:

  • 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.

 

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.


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ICET Economic Readiness Program Partnerships

ICET Economic Readiness Program Partnerships

The new Community Economic Development  readiness program offered by the Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET) is a new pocket of funding that will allow some interesting new partnerships within the RDMW.  A policy has been established in relationship to this program funding in the interests of fairness to the whole region and the sustainability of the economic development service budget.

Policy

  • That the Economic Development Commission submit up to two leveraged proposals to the Island Coastal Economic Trust per year to pursue one regional and one community level objective.
  • If pursuing a community objective, a different community must be selected every year, unincorporated or municipal, and the proposal have demonstrated region-wide significance.
  • If a proposal fails to gain funding, the Economic Development Commission must choose to either resubmit the former proposal again or approve a completely new proposal.
  • EDC contributions to ICET readiness projects are capped at $20,000 annually or $10,000 per proposal in the interests of funding sustainability.

 

The first proposal has already been successful, with the Growing Malcolm Island initiative gaining ICET support with some  $10,000 of RDMW support and $2500 of support from Community Futures Mount Waddington.

Interested RDMW municipalities, unincorporated communities or sectoral interests should approach RDMW staff to discuss the potential for partnership further.

Reports and Studies