Event funding opportunities

Does your event need financial support? Check out these funding opportunities for special events.

Town of Oakville fee waiver program eligibility

In accordance with Procedure MS-SPR-002-003 Special Event Permit Fee Assistance, the Town of Oakville Recreation and Culture department offers assistance in the form of fee reductions to community groups for special events that meet the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be considered for a fee waiver, each applicant and/or the event must meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant’s base of operation must be in Oakville.
  • The applicant must be a non-profit organization and operate under the authority of a volunteer board, committee, or individual that is elected or appointed by the general membership or group. Where individuals are planning an event not in association with a recognized non-profit organization, the individual must provide sufficient information as directed by the department to prove ability to operate such an event.
  • No member of the applicant group can benefit financially as a result of the event.
  • The applicant group must be able to demonstrate that it can meet the financial obligations of the event.
  • The event must be recreational in nature.
  • The event is of significant local/regional/provincial/national interest.
  • Proceeds from the event can be proven to benefit a recognized portion of the community or the entire Oakville community.
  • The event must be open to members of the public.
  • Any sponsorship recognition must include the Corporation of the Town of Oakville, Parks and Open Space department.
  • The event must occur in a town owned or operated facility, park or make use of Parks services within the boundaries of the Town of Oakville.
  • The applicant must incur fees eligible for the fee waiver program. (Refer to the town’s Rates and Fees).

Application process

All applicants that submit a Special Event Application Form will automatically be evaluated to receive a fee waiver based on the eligibility criteria above, while funding remains available. All fee waivers will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about the fee waiver program or to submit an event application, please email: events@oakville.ca.

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