Partnership Funding - RTO 9

Partnership Funding

Each year, RTO 9 works hand-in-hand with tourism partners to enhance experiential tourism across the South Eastern Ontario region. RTO 9’s Partnership Fund is designed to forge strong and diverse partnerships that either build on existing tourism products or introduce new tourism products. These projects serve to enhance the region’s diversity of offerings to create a competitive advantage in tourism experiences throughout the South Eastern Ontario region.

Definition of ‘Partnership’

Partnership is defined as the agreement of RTO 9 to work with one or more entities on a specific project in support of RTO 9’s Business Plan for the current year. Partners who are awarded funding through the Partnership Funding program receive more than money to help reach their project goals.  RTO 9 provides guidance in partnership building, experiential tourism development, and digital marketing designed to utilize partner synergies and drive tourists to the region. RTO 9 works in collaboration with our tourism partners to ensure projects come to fruition. RTO 9 partners with operators to share costs on a 50/50 basis and provides guidance in the areas of development, and digital marketing.

Who is eligible to apply?

Partnership Funding for 2022-2023 is intended solely for tourism businesses interested in undertaking tourism-related initiatives that increase visitation to the South Eastern Ontario region.

Please connect with Lori McIsaac at lmcisaac@region9tourism.ca for all questions related to our application process.

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Application for 2022/2023 Partnership Funds

RTO 9 continues to offer partnership funding opportunities to our individual tourism operators to help with pandemic recovery and rebuilding efforts as we continue to cautiously reopen the region. Applications are now closed and will reopen in 2023.


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Partnership Fund Guidelines

Included in this guide is information regarding our current program including the following: program rationale, partnership eligibility requirements, funding parameters and the 2022-2023 project initiatives. Applications are now closed and will reopen in 2023.