Thank you for your interest in applying for a product development grant offered by Quebec Aboriginal Tourism. Your application is part of a specific funding opportunity supported by Indigenous Services Canada, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada and Tourisme Québec.
Deadline to Submit Applications: Friday, October 4th, 2019
The overall goal of this program is to assist Canadian Indigenous tourism businesses with expertise and funding support to improve their market/export readiness in order to have the opportunity to gain greater market awareness, larger volumes of visitors and sustainable business growth.
In addition, through its commitment to tourism welcome strategy, TAQ aims to support Aboriginal tourism promoters and Aboriginal communities to provide travelers with quality Aboriginal tourism experience and information. To do so, TAQ is inviting Aboriginal tourism members to apply for financial support for the development of their tourism offering to meet our welcome commitments with Tourisme Québec.
There are limited funds available and therefore the funding amount for any one applicant will be to a maximum of $10,000.
As part of the process to apply for this funding, this form will ask you to describe the project for which you need funding assistance. The project must demonstrate that the funding will help your Indigenous tourism business move towards being more market/export ready.
To learn more about market/export ready standards, please review the “National Guidelines for Indigenous Tourism” by clicking the link here.
To learn more about Tourisme Québec’s tourism welcome strategy, please see Mesure 15 : Renforcer l’expérience d’accueil offerte par les nations autochtones by clicking here.
Your project plan could include (for example):
- Staff Training
- Website Upgrades
- Infrastructure Upgrades
- Expanding your current business
- Administrative/Financial Advisory Assistance
- Marketing & Sales Planning
- Business Assessment
- Health & Safety Equipment
- Other projects related to improving market / export readiness.
Here are few examples for targeted tourism welcome strategy projects:
- Development of guidance tools for visitors
- Display and tourist signs
- Hospitality training
- Visitors’ origin study
- Improvement of reception facilities, etc.
Important: your proposed project must be completed before March 31, 2020. Projects that fall outside this timeline will not be considered.
Eligibility to this program is restricted to Québec aboriginal tourism businesses that are at least 51% aboriginal owned or controlled and who operate within Québec.
The application process is designed to take you through a series of questions with an online application form. Please respond with the best information you have to help us determine how we can best invest the available support funding.
Here is the link to access the project online application form: https://indigenoustourism.ca/corporate/tourism-development-funding-support-program/
In this application, you are able to go back by clicking the button on the bottom of the page.
Your responses will be sent to us once you have completed the form and clicked the “submit” button on the final page.
Reporting Requirements Successful applicants will work with QAT staff to confirm:
- Amount of the investment
- Availability of matching funding programs
- Confirm project plan
- Selection of Suppliers / Contractors necessary for the project
- Specific payments required for Suppliers / Contractors
- Schedule for Start & Completion of Project
The project must be completed before March 31, 2020. Successful applicants will be responsible for reporting back to QAT regarding the project process, result and financial details of the funding investment.
If you have questions, or need assistance with the online form, please contact Marie-Pierre Lainé: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 418 843-5030, ext. 4.