With the provincial state of emergency now in effect until December 14, we have extended the ITBC “Spark” program application deadline until January 17, 2022.
The Indigenous Tourism BC “Spark” Mentorships & Grants Program launched on November 9, with the goal to “spark” new Indigenous tourism ideas and initiatives in British Columbia. Presented by Destination BC in collaboration with Indigenous Tourism BC, and the Tourism Innovation Lab, the program matches selected applicants with a tourism mentor and provides a $5,000 seed grant to help develop new Indigenous tourism ideas.
This program was designed to help Indigenous entrepreneurs in B.C. to overcome challenges and barriers often experienced in bringing new tourism products to life. Previous program participants in Ontario were selected for water-based ecotours, agritourism initiatives, Indigenous tourism programs, wine and culinary workshops, interactive walking tours, virtual experiences, aerial adventures, winter glamping retreats, nature orientated vacation packages, and more.
Applications are being accepted now from Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profit organizations in British Columbia.
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