The application window for the Reconnect Festival and Event Program is now open.

Leeds, Grenville, Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark made the announcement yesterday. The program is a new $9-million initiative to help municipalities and event organizers safely reconnect people to their communities through online, drive-through and other innovative experiences, according to Clark.

“Our government recognizes that festivals and special events make enormous contributions to our economy and quality of life in Leeds and Grenville. I am pleased that we are supporting local event organizers in creating safe, innovative experiences that will help in getting people connected with their communities again and provide a positive economic impact during this challenging time.”

Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries adds COVID-19 has had an unprecedented and devastating impact on local festivals and events.

“This important investment through the new Reconnect Festival and Event Program will continue to support Ontarians as they reconnect and experience all their local communities have to offer.”

Funding can be used for eligible expenses like programming, production, promotion, mobile applications, website development and the implementation of health and safety measures.

The program is open to organizers with a minimum $50,000 operating budget and the capacity to safely reconnect Ontarians with their communities.

The application period is open to December 1st.