Special Event Tourism Fund (SETF)

Winnipeg’s Special Event Tourism Fund (SETF) was established by the City of Winnipeg to provide financial assistance in attracting sporting and special events, to Winnipeg in order to increase tourism revenues.

The City of Winnipeg’s Accommodation Tax contributes to the Special Event Tourism Fund (SETF). Tourism Winnipeg manages the Fund, in partnership with the City of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Hotel Association, and is responsible for delivery of the Fund. The SETF Committee members approve the applications.

The SETF was created to attract major sports and special events to Winnipeg. The Fund assists organizations when competing with other destinations for the rights to host major sports and special events in Winnipeg. The event must be national or international in scope and nature, and must generate 300 cumulative hotel room nights. Some regional events may qualify for funding if all other requirements are met. Sporting events are also required to attract a minimum of 60% of their participants from outside of Manitoba.

Funding levels depend on the size and economic impact of the event.

Any organization interested in hosting a major sports or special event in Winnipeg can apply for SETF funding, prior to Winnipeg being selected as the host city. An application form for the SETF is available from Tourism Winnipeg by calling Annie Henry at 204.954.1990.