Event Development Fund


The Town of Hanover and its Cultural Roundtable values the important role that Hanover not-for-profit community organizations and private enterprise play in delivering special events and initiatives that support our community and promote cultural activity and tourism. The Cultural Roundtable Event Development Program provides funding aimed at enabling Hanover not-for-profit community organizations and private enterprise to plan, develop and implement community development, based special events and initiatives. The special events and initiatives should meet local needs, positively promote Hanover, support economic development, involve, and empower local people and have an aim of sustainability. This fund provides an opportunity to do more than just financially support a special event and initiative and is intended to facilitate the provision of ongoing benefits to the community.


Requested amounts for the grant incentive should accurately reflect the cost of the associated activity(s) to start or enhance a special event or initiative, outside of the amount invested by other grants or sponsorships. A maximum grant amount is set at $2,500 per application.

Funding is made available through the Cultural Roundtable to eligible organizations through a competitive process. The total amount available each year is approved by council as part of the annual budget process.     


Applications can be submitted as follows:


Special Events & Initiatives Occurring

Decision Communicated to Applicant

December 7, 2021

January to April 2022

December 22, 2021

March 11, 2022

May to August 2022

March 31, 2022

May 13, 2022

September to December 2022

May 31, 2022

A committee of the Cultural Roundtable will review the applications to ensure applicants meet eligibility and established criteria for approval.


Special events and initiatives should be developed using a high degree of participation and engagement with community during the planning and development stages. Partnerships between organizations to deliver events and projects are strongly encouraged.

In-kind funding from organizations applying and partnering organizations is also encouraged. Special consideration will be given to ensuring all identified categories are represented:

  • Partnership and Collaboration Projects such as marketing programs and related materials, awareness/educational campaigns, etc.
  • Community Enhancement / Beautification such as public art, horticulture initiatives, etc.
  • Civic Pride / Awareness
  • Special Events - Establishment of NEW events
  • GROWING existing events

Financial Statements must be provided including proposed special event or initiative budget. Applications submitted without the required financial statements will be deemed incomplete and not eligible for funding.


The special event or initiative must meet the following objectives or priorities:

  • Tie into applicable strategic plans, Cultural Plan or Economic Development objectives
  • Detail how use of the funds will establish a new event or initiative or clearly define how use of the funds will grow an existing event or initiative. 


The following are example special event or initiatives that may be considered for funding:

  • New special events (festivals) held in the Town of Hanover and are accessible to the public.
  • Events and promotions to promote visitation and tourism.
  • Children’s performance series.
  • Create audio or virtual walking historical tours.
  • Song-writing or book reading events.
  • Collaborate with businesses for a special tour or promotion.
  • Collaborate with other organizations.
  • Garden or historic home tours.
  • Clean-up days or rehabilitation projects of community spaces.
  • Networking events.
  • Promotion of the arts (including public art), live arts, exhibitions, local food and culture. 

Learn more and Apply:

Event Development Fund Application Package