The Indigenous Tourism British Columbia (BC) has launched its “Spark” Mentorships & Grants Program for Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs, small businesses, community groups and non-profits based in British Columbia.
Their goal is to inspire Indigenous entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profit organizations to come forward with creative ideas that will generate new tourism opportunities, experiences and partnerships in the area.
All program applicants will be invited to join their “Spark” community of tourism innovators, partners and supporters for special networking events, one-on-one’s, and development workshops.
They are especially interested in Indigenous tourism ideas that:
- Support truth and reconciliation, sustainability and/or address climate change
- Offer opportunities for travellers to learn and make with artists, creating authentic souvenirs to take home
- Offer opportunities for travellers to visit the land with guides and storytellers to learn about First Nation traditional territories through tours on land, air or water
- Offer opportunities that support Indigenous culinary experiences
- Support shoulder season activities in rural areas
Selected applicants will receive:
- 3 month mentorship with a tourism innovator, experienced operator, industry leader and/or sector expert
- $5,000 “Spark” grant to support tourism idea development activities
- Access to a support network of tourism innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders
- Ongoing guidance on other resources and support services provided by partners
What Are they Looking For?
New Indigenous tourism ideas that address one or more of the following:
- Enhances current tourism offerings
- Creates new, high-quality tourism experiences
- Addresses gaps in tourism products and services
- Motivates travel, longer stays and repeat visits
- Increases visitation and tourism spending
- Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs, small businesses, community groups and non-profits based in British Columbia
- Eligible businesses and organizations that are 51%+ Indigenous-owned, operated and controlled and will offer a bookable cultural experience
- Applicants must be enrolled as an Indigenous Tourism BC member/stakeholder before submitting their “Spark” Program application.
For more information, visit https://www.tourisminnovation.ca/itbc.html