Accessible Tourism ​“Spark” Mentorships & Grants Program

The “Spark” Program will match selected candidates with a tourism mentor and provide a source of financial support to help take your great new tourism idea to the next level of development or implementation.

​Do you have a new innovative accessible tourism idea for the Kootenay Rockies?
If so, they want to hear from you!

Whether you are an individual, a start-up or an established small business or non-profit organization, there can be many challenges and barriers to bringing a new accessible tourism idea, experience or partnership to fruition.

The goal of  Kootenay Rockies Tourism goal is to inspire residents, entrepreneurs, small businesses, non-profit organizations and community groups in the Kootenay Rockies region to come forward with creative ideas that will generate new accessible tourism opportunities, offerings, experiences and partnerships in the area.


  • Call out for applications from individuals, small businesses, non-profits and community groups from the Kootenay Rockies region
  • Application reviews by a jury including local and provincial tourism leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Finalists’ Pitch Session (our friendly take on a tourism Dragon’s Den):
    Save the date: March 29, 2023 @ 1:00-3:30pm PST | 2:00-4:30pm MST
  • Selection of 3 winning applicants


  • 3 month mentorship with a tourism innovator, experienced operator, industry leader, accessibility and/or sector expert
  • $3,000 “Spark” grant to support the development of accessible tourism ideas and activities
  • Access to a support network of tourism innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders
  • ​Ongoing guidance on other resources and support services provided by partners


Who Can Apply?

  • Individuals 18+ who live/work in the Kootenay Rockies region (refer to map below)
  • Small businesses new or existing, with up to 10 full-time year-round employees based in the Kootenay Rockies region
  • Small non-profit organizations (up to 10 full-time year-round employees) and community groups based in the Kootenay Rockies region