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Business for the Arts is now accepting applications from Ontario Municipalities for its 2011 artsVest program!

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

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artsVest Goes National

Toronto, March 31, 2011 – Business for the Arts (BftA), Canada’s only national association of business leaders who support the arts, has announced plans to expand artsVest, their flagship matching grant program to provinces outside of Ontario with the addition of $1.6M in funding from Canadian Heritage. These funds will be matched by provinces who come on board, which in turn will be matched by the private sector.

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artsVEST Wraps Up Chatham-Kent Project

From the Chatham-Kent Daily Post – March 14, 2010

Written by Marlee Robinson

Chatham-Kent businesses invested over $54,000 in the arts during 2010 through the artsVest Programme created by Business for the Arts (BftA). Our municipality was one of five communities in Ontario to benefit from the educational and financial opportunities.

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Success of our artsVest program in Stratford noted in the Stratford Citizen

Matching grants program tops $110,000 locally

March 3, 2011
By Adam Gardiner

A year ago, Stratford, St. Marys and Perth County became one of five areas throughout Ontario to be granted
participation in the Artsvest program for 2010.

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Business for the Arts celebrates $110K in business sponsorship raised by cultural organizations in Stratford through artsVest

On March 2nd, Business for the Arts gathered with local municipal, business and cultural leaders in Stratford, ON to celebrate $110K in business sponsorship generated by the region’s arts and culture organizations through BftA’s artsVest program. artsVest brought sponsorship training workshops and $50K in matching incentive funds to the region in early 2010 to stimulate business investment in culture. The public, private and cultural sectors of Stratford, St.Mary’s & Perth rallied behind the cause, creating a variety of innovative partnerships between the arts and business communities.

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artsVest in the News!

Andrea Halwa, Executive Director of the London Arts Council has written a great article about artsVest in the London Free Press.  Check it out here!

Nichole Anderson, BftA President & CEO
Providing a big boost to London’s artistic community

London ’ s artistic community is looking for a boost to its fundraising skills and its bank accounts. That boost may just come through the artsVest program. London is one of 15 Ontario communities to be awarded the artsVest matching grant opportunity over the next four years thanks to funding support from business members of Business for the Arts as well as the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Ontario Ministry of Culture.

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Stratford, Ontario
Program aims to connect arts with business – Stratford & Perth County

A new program which aims to increase business investment in arts and culture in Stratford, Perth County and St. Marys was launched Tuesday.

“It’s really about all those institutions working together, because that’s going to make artsVest the most successful,” said Éilis Karry, national program manager of Business for the Arts. artsVest is a matching incentive granting program intended to stimulate business investment in arts and culture, bolster municipal cultural plans and help develop the creative economy.

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New Funding Available for Arts Organizations, Chatham-Kent, ON

Partnering the arts with business is the thrust of a new funding program which is bringing $50,000 to Chatham-Kent. ArtsVest was officially launched last Tuesday at the Chatham Cultural Centre, making the municipality one of five that will receive funding this year. Local arts and heritage organizations can apply for seed money through artsVest and if their
proposal is approved, can use that as leverage to seek out matching funds from Chatham-Kent’s business community. Groups must be successful at matching their artsVest funding in order to receive the grants.

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