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Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative (MFESI)


$200-million national fund


The Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative (MFESI) is a two-year, $200-million national fund to help major Canadian festivals survive and adapt to the pandemic. It will also help position them for post-pandemic economic recovery and growth.

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for funding under the MFESI, organizations must demonstrate an annual revenue exceeding $10 million.

Non repayable loans from the MFESI will be available to non-profit organizations to:

  • meet liquidity needs to ensure continued operations or adapt activities to new realities and requirements related to the pandemic
  • enhance product and experience offerings so that they can better position themselves to move into the new economy, in compliance with current health standards as defined by the relevant public authorities

For Canadian festival and cultural event organizations that don’t qualify for funding through the MFESI, additional support is available through Canadian Heritage with the Reopening Fund and the Recovery Fund for Arts, Culture, Heritage, and Sport Sectors.

Eligible Expenses

Deadline Date


Contact Name: Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan)

Phone Number: 1-888-338-9378


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