Cranberry Festival Community Funding is available to not-for-profit associations centered in, or benefiting those of, the Muskoka Lakes Township. Preference is given to those groups that have youth and /or community values at their core.  Groups must be non-religious and apolitical in nature.  Preference is given to those groups with proven participation or involvement in the Bala Cranberry Festival. 

Monies will be awarded based on need, community benefit and the effectiveness of those funds on the scale of the proposed project or plan.  All awards are given on an individual assessment and are at the sole unfettered discretion of the Cranberry Festival Board.

Please be advised that we receive many requests for support. The sheer number of requests that we receive forces us to make difficult choices between many deserving and worthwhile projects and with a limited budget, we are only able to support a few initiatives each year.

We were happy to disperse in December 2018 over $38,700 to 23 local groups & 5 youth scholarships, providing much needed funding to programs that benefit Muskoka Lakes Township and its residents. This money is from admission sales & Saturday  Night Concert Ticket profits.  It is estimated that through initiatives including paid parking lots, free booth space for several Not for Profit groups, and local rental fees another $7,100 was generated for local community groups.

Applications for the 2019 Cranberry Festival season are accepted from October 1st - November 15th 2019

Recipients at the 2016 Community Funding Reception

Recipients at the 2016 Community Funding Reception


Andy’s House - Hospice Muskoka
Bala Arena - Christmas & March Break Free Skates
Bala Curling Club
Bala Meals on Wheels
Bala Public Library
Bala Santa Clause Parade
Camp Oochigeas
Glen Orchard Public School - Parent Council
GlideAbility Skating - Bala
Gravenhurst Curling Club
Muskoka Chautauqua
Muskoka Lakes Chamber
Muskoka Lakes Preschool
Muskoka Lakes Soccer Club
Muskoka Pride
Muskoka Rock Hockey
One Kids Place
Opening Doors Muskoka
Port Carling Youth Synchro Figure Skating Teams
Walker's Point Archival & Heritage Group
Watt Public School
YWCA Muskoka Boys Quest Program
BMLSS - Construction Program