Tourism grants have requirements including amount of revenue loss

Huron County Tourism

Huron County’s Acting Tourism Officer says he believes the Tourism and Travel grants for small businesses announced by the Province could be very significant for many Huron County tourism operators.

Rick Sickinger says the grant is targeted at small tourism businesses.

He says the cut off is 99 employees and most of the tourism businesses in Huron County would qualify under that stipulations but there are other conditions that have to be met.

That includes revenue loss of at least 20 per cent.

“Depending on how much revenue you lost in the previous year. For the full list of eligibility criteria and to find out if you do qualify for this new grant, you should go to ontario.ca/covidsupport,” said Sickinger.

Another requirement, the tourism business is to not have received the Ontario Small Business Support Grant.

The website noted above also lists eligible and non-eligible businesses.

Grants from this newest initiative range from $10,000 to $20,000 and the deadline for applications is the end of the business day on Friday, June 25th.

Sickinger says many Huron County tourism operators held their own last summer but the shut downs since and the general uncertainty over COVID have had a negative impact on most.