The Cornwall Tourism Development Fund was established in 2019 to support efforts to grow tourism activity in the City of Cornwall.

The fund has two streams:

– The Festivals and Special Events Stream provides support to festivals (new or existing), conferences, major sporting events and other events that demonstrate the capacity to attract a significant number of visitors to Cornwall.

– The Attractions and Tourism Product Development Stream provides support for enhancements to or the creation of new infrastructure, business, product offering or facility that will result in a measurable improvement to the tourism offering in Cornwall.

Application intake is continual throughout the year.

Two information sessions were held on October 3, 2019 to provide more information on the TDCC and the fund. You can view the slide deck using the link below.

Information Session Slide Deck


Applications will be assessed to determine their suitability to achieving the following expected results, where applicable:

– Increase in tourist attendance, overnight stays and visitor spending in Cornwall
– Overall economic impact of the project
– Positive regional, provincial, national or international exposure for Cornwall
– Enhancement of Cornwall’s tourism offering
– Strengthening of Cornwall’s position as a visitor destination
– Support or creation of direct and/or indirect jobs

Applicants can apply for up to $20,000 in funding. Consideration may be given to projects requiring higher levels of funding in unique circumstances where the project stands to have a significant and measurable impact on tourism visitation to Cornwall.

Please note the Cornwall Tourism Development Fund is a discretionary program with a limited funding allocation. In some cases, a project that meets all program criteria may not be approved for funding as other projects may more effectively meet the criteria.

An evaluation guideline has been created for use by the Advisory Committee. Applicants are welcome to view the guideline documents, to inform themselves on how the different criteria will be evaluated. Applicants are encouraged to use the guidelines to assist in making sure their application provides all the required information.

Evaluation Guideline – Festivals and Special Events (PDF)

Evaluation Guidelines – Attractions and Tourism Product Development (PDF)

Application Forms

Cornwall Tourism Development Fund – Festivals and Special Events Application (PDF)

Cornwall Tourism Development Fund – Attractions and Tourism Product Development Application (PDF)

Please download the application form and save it to your computer before filling it out. Once completed you can save the completed application and submit by email or in hard copy.

Application Process

There will be continual intake of applications for the Fund.

Applications will be reviewed by an Advisory Committee made up of community stakeholders who will make recommendations to the Board of Directors of the Tourism Development Corporation of Cornwall.

The Board of Directors will meet on a monthly basis to provide a final review of applications. If successful, the application will be approved and funds dispersed.

Applications are to be submitted a minimum of 90 days prior to the beginning of the event or project.

Tourism Development Fund

Completed applications (along any supporting documentation) should be mailed, emailed or delivered to:

Amy Malyon
Tourism Coordinator
City of Cornwall
100 Water Street East (Cornwall Civic Complex)
Cornwall ON K6H 6G4
(613) 930-2787 ext. 2285

Source of Funds

The TDF consists of money collected annually by the City of Cornwall through the administration of the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT).

For additional information on the Municipal Accommodation Tax, please click here.

Administration of the Fund

The TDF will be administered by the Tourism Development Corporation of Cornwall, an independent not-for-profit corporation that operates under a service agreement with the City of Cornwall. The TDCC will be governed by a Board of Directors, who will be responsible for expensing the Fund.

Read the media release on funds awarded in 2019