Discretionary Grant Funding
Each year City Council allocates limited budget funding to support the community through the distribution of discretionary grants. Community groups or organizations that can demonstrate financial need and are interested in requesting grant funding from the City are encouraged to review the Discretionary Grant Guidelines and, if eligible, submit a Discretionary Grant Application Form.
Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) Funding
The City of Fernie is one of 14 designated resort municipalities in the Province of British Columbia. This designation allows the municipality to receive RMI funding through a provincial program managed by the Ministry of Jobs, Toursim and Skills Training to assist small, tourism-based municipalities to support and increase visitation. Many resort municipalities have a small tax base and the demands of tourism activity often strain the resources available to provide infrastructure and event programming. RMI funding allows resort municipalities to dedicate resources to improving tourism-based infrastructure and amenities to attract more visitors and encourage longer stays.
A limited amount of program funding is also available through the Festival and Event Program on an application basis to allow Fernie and area to be responsive to new festival and event opportunities that have the potential to build our tourism economy.