Heated springs in Gwaii Haanas are pictured in this submitted photo. On Thursday, July 2, 2020, the Gwaii Trust Society advertised its new Haida Gwaii Staycation Grant. (Scott Munn/Gwaii Haanas photo)

UPDATE: Gwaii Trust Society suspends ‘Staycation Grants’

Updated Haida Nation emergency measures advise against non-essential travel between communities

UPDATE: Friday, July 24, 3:15 p.m.

Haida Gwaii staycations are on hold due to the arrival of COVID-19 on the island.

In a social media post on July 23, the Gwaii Trust Society announced it would not be approving staycation grants while updated Council of the Haida Nation state of emergency measures, enacted on July 18, advise against any non-essential travel between island communities.

Residents with questions can call grant coordinator Pam Hill at 250-559-8104 or email pam.hill@gwaiitrust.com.

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ORIGINAL: Thursday, July 2, 5:45 p.m.

Considering going on “holistay” this summer to relax and have fun while staying safe? The Gwaii Trust Society has created a new Staycation Grant of up to $250 to help Haida Gwaii residents explore adventure opportunities in their own backyard.

On July 2 the trust advertised the new grant, which provides up to $250 toward booking fees at locally-owned tourism businesses, including fishing charters, tour operators, gear rental businesses and accommodation providers.

The grant is open to residents who have lived on Haida Gwaii for the past 12 consecutive months only, and the money must be spent at a locally-owned and operated tourism business that was in operation prior to March.

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Applications must be submitted online at least one day before the staycation.

“The Haida Gwaii Staycation Grant is open until the budget is exhausted or until the board of directors cancels the program,” the grant page says.

For more details, visit the application guide on gwaiitrust.com.

Residents who wish to apply, but do not have access to a computer, may call grant coordinator Pam Hill at 250-559-8104.

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