Program Timeline

artsVest is a one year program that operates in select communities across Canada.  Start dates differ from region to region – below is a timeline of how the program rolls out in each community:

Phase 1: one month

  • Municipalities apply for artsVest (Ontario only)
  • Announcement is made regarding which communities will receive artsVest that year

Phase 2: two months

  • artsVest Launch events and Sponsorship Workshops are held in the selected communities with local municipal leaders, business professionals and arts and culture organizations in attendance
  • Arts and culture organizations in the selected communities are invited to submit applications for pre-approval for matching funds
  • Arts and culture organizations in the selected communities are pre-approved for a certain amount of matching funds which they must match in business sponsorship in their community

Info Session

    Phase 3: six months

    • Pre-approved arts organizations receive mentorship training through group online, peer-to-peer and one-on-one sessions (Ontario only)
    • Pre-approved arts organizations in the selected communities approach potential business partners to secure sponsorship


    Phase 4: three months

    • Arts organizations must submit a sponsorship confirmation form, signed by their business partner, to confirm the partnership has been secured
    • A matching cheque is issued to the cultural organization based on the amount of sponsorship and matching category
    • Community leaders, participating arts and heritage organizations and businesses are brought together for an event at the close of the artsVest year to celebrate the new partnerships, garner feedback and success of the program and fortify the relationships that have been built.