BROCKVILLE – A half dozen festivals in Leeds-Grenville are on the receiving end of nearly $185,000 in funding from the Ontario government.
The provincial government announced $15 million Monday for 200 festivals and events, which will draw tourists to the area and, in turn, boost the economy and jobs.
The biggest recipients in Leeds-Grenville are the Kemptville Live Music Festival, which runs July 22-24, with $63,667 and the 1000 Islands Regatta & Festival, June 30 to July 3, with $38,792.
Brockville’s Ribfest from Aug. 4-7 and the Tall Ships Festival from Sept. 16-18 will receive $9,630 and $33,412 respectively.
Another regatta – the 1000 Islands Nickel Cup Hydroplane Regatta in Gananoque – from June 2-5 is getting $29,980.
The Spencerville Stampede, which runs July 22-24, 2016, is getting $9,400.
The grants come from Celebrate Ontario, an application based grant program which provides marketing funding to new and existing events.