In response to the needs of business owners during COVID-19, the Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association (Heart of Ontario) has released 4 funding streams to support the tourism industry’s business recovery efforts. Grants are available to tourism businesses across the region including but not limited to local restaurants and cafes, breweries and wineries, farm experiences, accommodation and tours.
Intake period for all four grants runs from November 16 – November 30, 2020. Business owners may apply to all four grants, but will only be eligible to receive a maximum of two different grants. All applications will be reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis. Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday December 16, 2020.
Learn more about these grants and your eligibility on the Hamilton Halton Brant Tourism Website
1. Health and Safety Business Requirement Expense Program
This grant alleviates some expenses for the purchase of approved health and safety equipment. Eligible applicants can be reimbursed up to a maximum of $500 and is retroactive from April 1, 2020.
2. Consumer Confidence Video Program
This grant supports tourism business operators in their efforts to rebuild their business and be market-ready through the aid of a short engaging promotional video. The content of the video will be developed to provide assurance to consumers and employees of safety precautions the business is undertaking.
3. Visitor Experience Market Readiness Program
This program is designed to assist tourism stakeholders by enhancing the market-readiness of your tourism product and/or services. Examples include printed visitor guides, online video tours, drive-thru experiences.
4. Destination Visual Content Program – Phase 2
This program aims to fill the digital content gap and support industry by providing new digital assets that can be used now and in the future. During Phase 1 of this program Hamilton Halton Brant was able to go all over the region and capture a wide variety of experiences at over 25 partner locations and areas which included: Georgetown, St. George, Acton, Brantford, Stoney Creek, Oakville, Ayr, and Milton. If you are a tourism operator in need of new digital assets, RTO3 is asking that you fill out a request for interest application.
Details and applications for each grant can be found on the Hamilton Halton Brant Tourism Website.
If you do not meet the specified eligibility requirements or have further questions contact the Economic Development Department at the Town of Halton Hills to see if your business qualifies for alternate funding opportunities.
The Halton Hills Digital Mainstreet Program is available for small main street businesses until December 14, 2020. Visit the Digital Main Street Page for more information