Each year, the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport provides funding to Ontario’s Regional Tourism Organizations for the purpose of leveraging resources, developing strong relationships with the tourism industry, and supporting tourism development across the province. Over the past six years, the OHTO has accessed these funds by working with various partners in Ontario’s Highlands through the implementation of our Tourism Development Partnership Program (TDPP).
The 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 OHTO’s strategic objectives, and that can demonstrate long term benefits to the region.
If you are interested in this program we encourage you to review the program guidelines and updated application and contact Stephanie Hessel, Tourism Development Co-ordinator BEFORE you apply. Project ideas are entertained throughout the year, however potential applicants should keep in mind the fiscal time frame of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. Partnership agreements are established for eligible projects as long as funds are available and may cover up to 50% of the project costs.
- 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, 2018.
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 included in the TDPP 2017-2018 Guidelines for Eligibility. 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 Co-ordinator
Phone: 1-855-629-6486 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org