Festival and Events Stability Program


The new Festival and Events Stability Program (FESP) will provide financial assistance to festival and event organizers to help offset costs associated with the need to comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols. A festival or event may involve an activity that showcases or highlights key pillars of tourism including sport, culinary and culture. Tourism PEI (TPEI) will manage and administer the program to those large-scale activities that require significant review and analysis.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Program funding will be available to festival and event organizers, including both “for profit” and “not for profit” entities.
  • The festival or event must be held between the date that the program is announced and March 31, 2022 (no retroactive claims).
  • May include both reoccurring and a new festival or event.
  • The activity must secure all necessary license(s) and approval(s) including approval from the Chief Public Health Office.
  • The festival or event may be held on a single day or multiple days.
  • The event must be held on Prince Edward Island.
  • The applicant must be in good standing with Government of Prince Edward Island.
  • Examples of a festival or event that may qualify, includes: sport tournaments or competitions etc.
  • Applicants must be a member of Sport PEI; an affiliate or club of a member of Sport PEI are also eligible.

What expenses are eligible?

The program will provide a grant to the festival or event organizer that can help to cover reduced revenues or to help offset costs associated with the need to comply to COVID-19 health and safety requirements, including but not limited to:

  • cleaning,
  • security,
  • staff,
  • fencing,
  • hand wash stations,
  • insurance and/or
  • infrastructure needed to provide a safe and enjoyable event such as chairs, tables, tents etc.

Eligible expenses must be incurred prior to or during the activity.

Applications are to be submitted in Adobe Acrobat PDF format and submitted via email to: jmcintosh@sportpei.pe.ca.  Applications are to be submitted prior to the start of the activity. Applications must include a one-page overview along with a detailed budget.  The budget must identify the additional costs that have been incurred as a result of Covid-19. Submitting an application does not guarantee funding.   The overview must provide the following information:

  • name of the activity,
  • dates,
  • location,
  • legal name of the organization,
  • for not for profit organizations, they must list the members of their board of directors,
  • for profit organizations must list the owners of the organization,
  • primary contact including title, phone number and email address,
  • expected number of participants / audience size,
  • activity description (overview of activities, schedule, target market, on-island and/or off-island participants/audience),
  • amount requested.

Applications will be accepted until March 31st, 2022.  Applications will be reviewed on a first come first served basis.  Once all the funding has been allocated, intake will be stopped, and the program will end.

Read more here: www.princeedwardisland.ca/FESP

Applications can be e-mailed or submitted here: FESP Application

For more information, please contact: jmcintosh@sportpei.pe.ca