The Metropolis of Edmonton is proposing a $ 1 million grant program to assist festivals get off the bottom after the results of COVID-19

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June 18, 2021June 18, 20213 minutes read 6 comments The City of Edmonton is proposing a $ 1 million grant program to support festivals this season. The City of Edmonton is proposing a $ 1 million grant program to support festivals this season. Postmedia, file

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Festivals scheduled as part of the final stages of the province’s reopening plan could soon receive funding from the City of Edmonton to get their events going.

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The city is proposing a new one-time scholarship program to provide $ 1 million for a variety of planned festivals through March 31 next year.

In a report released Thursday, the city recommended the city council approve the COVID-19 recovery grant to help fund festivals due to the adverse effects of the pandemic.

Most of the festivals last year have been completely canceled or rebuilt to offer virtual options. Working with festival producers, deputy city manager Rob Smyth said the city saw the need for additional support this year to get these events back on track.

“Festivals and events are important to Edmonton as they help build our local economy, connect citizens, showcase local and international talent, and draw people to our city,” said Smyth in the report.

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On Friday, Prime Minister Jason Kenney announced that Alberta will enter the third and final phase of the province’s reopening plan on July 1, as the goal of 70 percent of the first vaccination dose has been met. This means that all mandatory restrictions will be lifted, including capacity limits and a ban on indoor social gatherings.

To receive a scholarship, events of at least 50 people must be held in person, open to the public, and produced by an organization that does most of its work in Edmonton. Profit-oriented spectator events with tickets, farmers’ markets or marches are not eligible to participate. Criteria for the amount of grant funding include the size and scope of the event, the history of the event, the funding requirements, and the benefit to the public.

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The Edmonton Heritage Festival is an event scheduled this summer and is eager to apply for the grant to support costs related to the implementation of COVID-19 protocols. Unlike previous iterations of the long August weekend at Hawrelak Park, free timed entry tickets are required in advance to better control the number of people on-site at the same time. These passes will be available online starting Tuesday.

Managing Director Jim Gibbon said another new first is the elimination of grocery card vendors, as groceries are bought direct from pavilions using credit or debit cards to reduce contact.

“Every single cent helps in a year like this. Sponsorship has gone down so that’s an important issue, ”Gibbon said of the proposed scholarship program to support festivals across the city. “The other thing to keep in mind is that there hasn’t been a casino in almost two years and organizations rely on casinos too. It was a real nightmare and that’s a blessing. “

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Gibbon said the organization is doing everything it can to ensure the event is as safe as possible, including a mandatory mask requirement except when visitors are eating. Dining areas are also marked on the lawn so that groups can take off their masks and still keep their distance from other parties.

If approved, the grant program would be funded from the city administrator’s existing COVID-19 recovery budget. Funding beyond 2021 would be the subject of future budget discussions. The Council’s Committee on Community and Public Services will discuss the proposed program on June 30th.

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