MAPLE RIDGE – New Democrat MLAs Bob D’Eith and Lisa Beare say new support from the BC New Democrat government will help local fairs, festivals and community events resume in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.
“Having spent so many years working in the music industry, I know how it brings us together. I’m glad to work with a government that knows how important arts and cultural events are for communities. This funding will make sure we can all safely enjoy our favourite events in 2022!” said Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission
Two events in Maple Ridge, the Music Talks Music Festival and Glow Maple Ridge will benefit from the recovery funding, as well as the Pitt Meadows Day celebrations.
“The Pitt Meadows Day event is one of the highlights of the year around here, and the organizers have done such an amazing job of pivoting during the pandemic. I’m so grateful that they can access provincial grants like these and continue to host this event safely, whether virtual or in person, for our community!” said Lisa Beare, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows
These fairs, festivals, and events are among the 680 events across the province supported by the BC New Democrat government’s investment. The government is providing nearly $30 million in one-time grants to eligible event organizers to support their efforts to resume safely. Grant amounts for each event are up to 20% of the total event budget, up to a maximum of $250,000.
Successful recipients demonstrated the economic and social benefits of their event, as well as strong local or regional support. Examples of eligible expenses include operational costs, health and safety measures, venue rental, marketing, wages and promotion.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the New Democrat government has worked closely with B.C.’s tourism sector and provided $225 million in support to ensure businesses and non-profits can continue to draw visitors and benefit local communities for years to come.
To see the list of recipients for the Fairs, Festivals, and Events Recovery Fund, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/BCFFE_Funded_Events.pdf