Like the Blue Nose International Marathon, which received an increase of $10,000 to bump up its grant to $60,000 this year.
The Halifax Pop Explosion also received an increase of $15,000, up to $25,000. It’s worth noting, though, that this falls short of the $40,000 it was given last year, three-quarters of which was directed toward a free concert.
The Halifax Pride Festival got a one-time boost of $15,000. They now have $40,000 to celebrate their 25th anniversary year.
In accordance with last year’s budget, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo received the largest sum at $90,000.
The Halifax International Busker Festival received $50,000, and the Atlantic jazz and film festivals $40,000 each.
The Shearwater East Dartmouth Minor Hockey Association International Hockey Tournament, the province’s largest annual sports event, was allocated $25,000, while the chamber music-based Scotia Festival of Music got $15,000.
The Special Events Advisory committee assesses Hallmark Events annually based on a year-end report that details the event’s background, location, date, economic impact, attendance, volunteer numbers and other community support, promotional campaigns and proposed operating budget.
The council also approved $23,700 for Festival and Events grants. These tend to be annual, small scale, community events such as Canada Day celebrations and cultural gatherings.
The grant money passed swiftly without a blink of an eye from the councilors, unlike last week’s decline of funding to several popular events (see here.)