Over $85k in Grants Awarded for Downtown Events in 2018


OCTOBER 16, 2018


Winnipeg, Manitoba – On Wednesday, October 17 at 4:30pm the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is hosting a reception to celebrate downtown events that were supported by 2018 Host It Downtown funding as well as offer advice to anyone interested in applying for 2019 funding on how to submit successful applications.

In 2018, the Host It Downtown Committee approved over $85,000 in funding for new or relocated events. These included block parties, dance lessons at The Forks, art launches and pop-ups, Winnipeg Design Festival, Nuit Blanche Winnipeg and more.

NEW THIS YEAR: In 2018, separate funding was allocated to activate the Placemaking Pop-ups. These events focused on two specific downtown locations throughout the summer months – Kennedy Street at Graham Avenue, and Hargrave Street at Portage Avenue – and included both large events and daily and weekly programming.

Funded events can be recurring, one-time, relocated or completely original. They can be fun or serious, educational or simply entertaining, and can run for a few hours or for several days. They can feature local talent or imported artists, and can celebrate a single culture or rejoice in our city’s remarkable diversity. The grant requires that events take place outdoors and preference is given to events held in the winter and/or during evenings or weekends.

“Host It Downtown launched in 2015 after seeing a need to provide events with access to funding, partnerships and creative support. This program reduces inherent and perceived risks by providing incentives to host new events, as well as relocate existing events, downtown in order to encourage activity in the city centre year-round.” explains Tineke Buiskool-Leeuwma Director of Marketing, Events & Communications for Downtown Winnipeg BIZ.  “Activating downtown is a goal of our 2017-2019 Strategic Plan, and this program continues to provide opportunities for people to experience downtown.”

Applications can be made online at downtownwinnipegbiz.com and the deadline for 2019 event funding is October 31, 2018.

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For more information, contact:

Monica Derksen
Host It Downtown Coordinator
t: (204) 990-7317
e: coordinator@hostitdowntown.com