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Indigenous Tourism BC “Spark” Mentorships & Grants Program (Canada): apply by Dec 17th

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted November 29, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on December 16, 2021
Indigenous Tourism British Columbia (BC) poster
Indigenous Tourism British Columbia (BC) poster

The Indigenous Tourism British Columbia (BC) has launched its “Spark” Mentorships & Grants Program for Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs, small businesses, community groups and non-profits based in British Columbia.

Their goal is to inspire Indigenous entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profit organizations to come forward with creative ideas that will generate new tourism opportunities, experiences and partnerships in the area.

All program applicants will be invited to join their “Spark” community of tourism innovators, partners and supporters for special networking events, one-on-one’s, and development workshops.

Whether you are an individual, a start-up or an established small business or non-profit organization, there can be many challenges and barriers to bringing a new tourism idea, experience or partnership to fruition.

​The "Spark" Program will match selected candidates with a tourism mentor and provide a source of financial support to help take your great new tourism idea to the next level of development or implementation.

What Is A “Tourism” Idea?
Experiences, products and partnerships that motivate travel to your area by people living more than 40km away, across the provincial border or internationally, and provide engagement, participation, purchasing and/or travel related opportunities while they are visiting.

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Eligibility Criteria:
1. Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs, small businesses, community groups and non-profits based in British Columbia;
2. Eligible businesses and organizations that are 51%+ Indigenous-owned, operated and controlled and will offer a bookable cultural experience;
3. Applicants must be enrolled as an Indigenous Tourism BC member / stakeholder before submitting their “Spark” Program application.

Selected applicants will receive:
a) 3 month mentorship with a tourism innovator, experienced operator, industry leader and/or sector expert;
b) $5,000 “Spark” grant to support tourism idea development activities;
c) Access to a support network of tourism innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders;
d) Ongoing guidance on other resources and support services provided by partners.

Applications deadline: 17-Dec-21.

For more information, please visit https://www.tourisminnovation.ca/itbc.html

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Nov 29, 2021
Nov 29, 2021

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed grants opportunities that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, letters of recommendation, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one.
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well.
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting.
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network.
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others.
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page (repost it). Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and / or its Resource Exchange section.

Best regards,

Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Nov 29, 2021
Nov 29, 2021

Thanks, Ana.