Canada 150 FundTwo new grant programs that will offer funding for tourism initiatives have recently been announced. The Tourism Development Fund is a grant program administered by Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection, while the goal of the Canada 150 Fund is to create opportunities for Canadians to participate in local, regional, and national celebrations that contribute to building a sense of pride and attachment to Canada.

The Tourism Development Fund supports projects that contribute to the development of new or to the enhancement of existing tourism products that reflect the core of the Manitoba tourism experience, a truly unique blend of cultural and nature-based attractions and experiences. Priority will be given to projects that encourage niche tourism development at the local, destination and regional levels.

Niche tourism priorities:

  • culture/heritage
  • trail-based/nature-based outdoor recreation
  • agri-tourism/culinary tourism
  • wildlife/nature viewing

Non-capital project grants will be provided in the following categories:

  • Rural/Northern Tourism Development: Projects that enhance the quality of tourism attractions, improve the market readiness of tourism product and experiences, or support the development of tourism destinations.
  • Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Development: Projects that develop new authentic Aboriginal cultural tourism attractions and/or immersive experiences, or enhance the quality and market-readiness of existing Aboriginal cultural tourism product (e.g., festivals, events, attractions, etc).

Please see the complete grant guidelines and note that the Project Grant Worksheet is due by July 3, 2015. For more information contact the Tourism Secretariat at 204-945-0216.

The Canada 150 Fund has been established to support local, regional, and national celebrations in 2017. A limited number of projects which are national in scope will be supported as Signature Initiatives, while the majority of funding recipients will be:

  • Canadian not-for-profit organizations, including
    corporations, trusts, cooperatives and unincorporated associations;
  • Canadian business corporations, including
    partnerships, trusts and joint ventures where projects are non-commercial in
  • Canadian schools; and,
  • Canadian municipal governments and their

There is no established deadline to submit a funding application under the Canada 150 Fund. To get an application kit, please contact:


Canadian Heritage   
 Canada 150 Fund

By phone:  

 P.O. Box 2160    204-983-3601 or 1-866-811-0055 
 240 Graham Avenue, Suite 510  By email:
 Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3R5