Festival and Special Event Grant Online Application

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You must fill out this form in one single session, please allow yourself enough time to do so.

Background – The City of Whitehorse has established a Festival and Special Event Policy which offers grants and in-kind support to community groups and organizations for festivals and special community events.

Purpose – The City of Whitehorse is committed to the development and support of special community events and festival celebrations that provide vibrant and diverse community experiences for residents and visitors.

Eligibility – Whitehorse non-profit registered societies in good standing and community organizations with a not-for-profit mandate hosting an event taking place within the City of Whitehorse.

Not Eligible:

  • Capital costs or staff wages
  • Fees for City facilities or City parks 
  • Retroactive funding of events that have already taken place
  • Conferences and/or meetings 
  • Events that are billed as fundraising events where fundraising is the intent (events offering the opportunity to purchase food, t-shirts or souvenirs are not considered fundraising events)
  • Festivals or events that seek to attract only a special interest audience
  • Festivals or events that are organized or promoted as a for-profit commercial venture
  • Festivals or events that are organized by an individual or private enterprise

Intake Deadline 

The annual deadline for Festival and Special Event Grant applications for ALL events scheduled between January to December for the following year is prior to 4:00 p.m. on August 31. Late applications will not be accepted, no exceptions.


If you have questions, please call 867-668-8325 or email parks@whitehorse.ca. Our office hours are 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Ready to complete your form? Start here! 

Please correct the field(s) marked in red below:

Name of Event 

Please list only one event per application.

Event Date(s)
Grant Cash Request in $

In-Kind Request 

In-Kind Request
Signature Event 
Signature Event

Organizational Information

Name of Organization
Registered Society #
In Good Standing
President of Organization
Mailing Address
Postal Code

Contact Person who can answer questions pertaining to this application:



Recent Grant History

Has your organization previously received a grant from the City for this event or festival?

Grant Awarded
Grant Awarded


Have you submitted the Final Report from your previous City funded event?

Have you submitted the Final Report from your previous City funded event?

Not eligible: 

  • Applications shall not be accepted from any group or organization with an outstanding final report. 

Signature of person who has completed this application, ensuring that all information included herein is accurate. Unsigned applications may not be considered. Please print your name here. 

Resolution to Accept Financial Responsibility  

Organization WITH a Board of Directors:

  • Attach a copy of your Board Minutes
  • Signed Resolution by Board Member and President 

Committee WITHOUT a Board of Directors:

  • Attach a Signed Letter of Intent from the Committee
  • Signed Resolution by Committee Members 

Upload your file(s) here - see hyperlinked document for resolution


If you have two files to upload, please add the second file here: 

Event / Organization Information

1. Festival Event Detailed Budget  

Please provide an estimate of the revenues and costs of the event for which a grant is requested. Provide how and where City grant funds will be spent. Include a list on the attached form of City in-kind support you are requesting. (A dollar value for in-kind support will be calculated by the Internal Evaluation Team as part of the assessment).

Please upload budget here 


Please upload detailed list of in-kind support requested (if applicable) - see hyperlinked document for a sample


2. Organizational Background

If you are a first time applicant, provide a brief history of your organization and its mandate. 

3. Describe the event listing the following details:

  • Activities planned
  • Number of volunteers and their roles
  • Cost and target audience describing expected attendance, age, origin, etc.

4. How will this event be advertised and publicized?


5. Please outline environmentally friendly practices that you are considering as part of this event. The City of Whitehorse is encouraging active transportation. Preference will be given to those organizations that consider active transportation (bus, carpool, biking, walking and / or other).


6. What other sources of funding are you pursuing?  Identify any groups, organizations or businesses that you have approached or secured as contributors to the event.

7. How will this event benefit the community?

8. Please specify the purpose(s) for which these municipal grant funds or in-kind services are being requested.


9. How will the municipality’s contribution be recognized?


10. Why is your event eligible as a Signature Event (if applicable)?

The person who has completed this online application declares that all information included herein is accurate:

Final Report

A Final Report and Financial Statement must be submitted within 90 days of the conclusion of the event. Failure to file this information may result in rejection of new applications.

1. Project Summary 
a. Goals achieved and factors influencing outcomes
b. Major variances from original application

2. Statistics

a. Attendance figures
b. Estimation of demographics and origin of patrons if available
c. Number of volunteers

3. Budget
a. Final accounting of event revenues and expenses
b. How were the City’s funds expended? 

4. Media Exposure
a. Representative samples of photos from event if available
b. Media coverage (print, radio, TV)

5. Recognition

a. Identify how the municipality’s contributions were recognized

Submit Final Reports:

Online at www.whitehorse.ca/grants
Email: parks@whitehorse.ca  

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