Business for the Arts is now accepting applications from Ontario Municipalities for its 2012 artsVest program!

5 Ontario communities will each be awarded a matching incentive fund pot varying from $25,000 to $75,000 in addition to sponsorship training for local cultural organizations, helping to spark lasting partnerships between the arts and business sectors.

Applications must be received by Wednesday December, 21 2011 at 5pm

Click here to download the Application Form

**Please note, applications for artsVest must be submitted directly by the municipality

What is artsVest?
artsVest is a matching incentive and training program run by Business for the Arts, that works at a local level to stimulate business sponsorship in arts and culture while activating municipal cultural plans and creative economies, one community at a time.  The program provides matching incentives to the business community to encourage sponsorship of arts and culture and training to cultural organizations on how to generate business support.

artsVest Results
Since 2005, artsVest Ontario has seen a total of $1,400,000 private sector dollars invested in the arts and culture community, with an initial matching investment of $785,000 in 16 municipalities.  artsVest’s impact to date includes partnerships between 502 businesses and 180 cultural organizations in Ontario – 282 of these businesses had never sponsored arts and culture before.

How artsVest Can Impact Your Community
The artsVest program helps spark funding partnerships between the arts and business community, while leveraging the efforts of municipal leadership to activate their municipal cultural plans.  As a result, the whole community is bolstered by the increased investment in the creative economy.  Cultural organizations have increased capacity and have acquired the skills and confidence to seek out private funding, while local businesses better appreciate the value of investing in the arts as well as the economic benefit, including new markets, employee engagement etc.  Business for the Arts has a proven track record to demonstrate that if your municipality is selected to participate, artsVest will have a strong and lasting impact on its cultural economy.

For more information, please contact Lauren Goldman, Program Manager
(416) 869-3016 ext. 221