About artsVest™ Ontario

artsVest is Business for the Arts’ national flagship program that works directly with small to mid-sized arts organizations, equipping them with in-depth training, tools and mentorship relationships. These components are thoughtfully created to build sustainable partnerships between arts and businesses and to spark sponsorship opportunities. As an added incentive, artsVest participants can apply for matching grants – for every one dollar raised in sponsorship, Business for the Arts will match it with another dollar – doubling their sponsorship opportunity.

The program provides local arts organizations with:

  • Free live sponsorship training workshop
  • Individualized mentorship sessions with Canada’s top sponsorship experts
  • Peer-to-Peer training workshops
  • Webinars, marketing and branding tutorials
  • Access to our 6-module e-Learning sponsorship course
  • A resource bank of sponsorship tools and templates

A total of $155,554 in matching incentive grants is available to selected participants in Ontario who secure sponsorship from businesses throughout the 10-month program. Combined with those sponsorship dollars, this will translate to an investment impact of at least $311,000 into Ontario’s cultural economy over the period of one program year. The 2017 commmunities are:

  • Collingwood
  • Kawartha Lakes
  • North Bay
  • Oakville
  • Thunder Bay

This year’s program launched in February 2017 with over 100 arts managers across the five cities in attendance. Workshop attendees were invited to apply for the artsVest program in March and local juries approved 37 arts organizations in April 2017. To view the list of the artsVest Ontario organizations for 2017, click here.

For past program results, click here.

For more information, please contact artsVest@businessforthearts.org.

artsVest™ Ontario is a sponsorship training and matching incentive program of Business for the Arts and is delivered with funding support from the Government of Canada and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.