Grants and Funding

The Tourism Development Fund (TDF)

Intakes for the 2018 Tourism Development Fund (TDF) have closed.

Additional Information:

This $125,000 fund supports strategic tourism development by investing in new or growth-oriented tourism products and/or development initiatives that improve Nanaimo’s competitive appeal as a preferred multi-night destination. Funding requested is incremental and complementary; i.e. the project should/would not be able to proceed (without significant financial risk) without the support of TDF funding.

The program seeks to leverage matching funding and incremental investment by providing 50% reimbursement of successful applicants’ eligible activities expenses, to a maximum TDF contribution of $15,000 per application. In instances where multiple applications rank favorably, partial funding may be awarded in order to accommodate the support of multiple applications.

The TDF does not support demand generation efforts (i.e. marketing, advertising and promotions), but rather it focuses on growing and enhancing the quality and supply of products, experiences and infrastructure that attract visitors to Nanaimo by supporting new or significantly redesigned development initiatives and/or increasing incremental capacity to grow and/or enhance existing initiatives.

Funding is be awarded through a competitive, panel reviewed process. Applicants are strongly encouraged to connect with Tourism Nanaimo about their projects and related applications prior to submission. For more information on the TDF fund please contact

Nanaimo Hospitality Grants Programs

The Nanaimo Hospitality grants are administered by the Nanaimo Hospitality Association (NHA) and are housed on the NHA website.

Please click HERE to go to the NHA website. For more information please contact the Nanaimo Hospitality Grants Administrator at

Additional Funding Sources

You can access additional funding opportunities from a number of grants, funds and community foundations.
Explore these opportunities by visiting the links below. Need assistance? Contact us for support!

General Funding

Arts, Culture & Heritage Funding

Sports & Recreation Funding

Development & Enhancement Funding

Major Bank & Credit Union Foundations, Sponsorship & Donations Funding

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