The Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Development Partnership Program (TDPP) is an application based program designed to encourage and support collaborative tourism development initiatives that reflect the Come Wander regional brand platform, that align with the following strategic objectives, and that can demonstrate long term benefits to the region.
- Create and distribute compelling stories that focus on the emotional connection our visitors have with our tourism offers. (marketing)
- Create and enhance our tourism offers to build greater emotional connections with our visitors. (product development)
- Create opportunities to build tourism sector capacity (workforce development)
- Create opportunities that can build tourism sector engagement, collaboration and investment (stakeholder engagement and investment attraction)
The project must benefit the region served by the Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO). This includes Haliburton County, Lanark County, Renfrew County, North and Central Hastings County, Addington Highlands, and North and Central Frontenac Counties.
Eligible applicants must be a member of Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization and be a First Nation, county, municipality, or an incorporated for profit or not-for-profit organization that can demonstrate financial and administrative stability. Ad hoc groups and for profit or not-for-profit organizations that are not incorporated must find a qualified applicant to act as the proponent of the project.
Project activities associated with this partnership program must be completed by March 31, 2017.
As a partner on projects, the OHTO will make available staff resources to provide joint oversight and leadership of the project and match up to 50% of cash contributions the applicant transfers to the OHTO. The level of support will be determined case-by-case, based on the strength of the project and budget available to a maximum of $10K per applicant. Ineligible funding contributed by the applicant for the purposes of matching include: funding acquired from Ontario government programs provided by any provincial agency; in kind-donations, “flow-through” payments, such as those acquired through reservations systems, and any funding associated with capital projects.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to the Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Development Partnership Program, applicants are encouraged to review the list of eligible projects following these guidelines. If the project falls within the listed categories, the applicant must first discuss the details of their project with the OHTO before proceeding to completing an application.
Projects will be considered throughout the year on a first come first serve basis until the available funds have been fully allocated. Those interested in this partnership opportunity are encouraged to contact us as soon as possible.
Stephanie Hessel, Tourism Development Coordinator
Phone: 1-855-629-6486 or email firstname.lastname@example.org