artsVest™ Markham

Congratulations to Markham on being selected as one of the 2011 Ontario communities to receive the artsVest program and $75K in matching incentive funds!

artsVest is a matching incentive and sponsorship training program designed to stimulate business sponsorship and corporate engagement in arts and culture.  By training cultural organizations on how to generate partnerships with the private sector and providing matching incentive grants to spark business support of arts and culture, the program has contributed to healthy, prosperous and creative communities across Canada.

Elements of artsVest Markham

Community Building
artsVest is a cross-sectoral initiative that is dedicated to building strong and lasting connections between the public, private and cultural sectors.

The artsVest Markham Launch took place on September 15th, 2011 and witnessed a coming together and celebration with local business leaders, municipal representatives and cultural organizations in attendance.

Sponsorship Training for Local Cultural Organizations
On September 19th, 2011, Business for the Arts held a free, full-day, intensive sponsorship training workshop for Markham cultural organizations.  The workshop took the participants step-by-step through the process of identifying, approaching, securing and nurturing private sector sponsors.

For more information on how to approach business sponsorship, please see our Sponsorship Handbook.

Matching Incentive Grants
artsVest will provide Markham with a total of $75K in matching incentive grants, which will translate into an influx of at least $150K to Markham’s creative economy this year alone.

Each organization is invited to apply for a matching incentive grant from $1,000 to 10,000.

How to Participate in artsVest Markham

Step 1
Markham cultural organizations complete Form 1 – Pre-Approval and return it to Business for the Arts by email or mail by 5pm on October 19th, 2011.

If an organization is pre-approved for a matching grant, they will have six months to go out into the community and secure sponsorship(s) from the business community.

Step 2
Markham cultural organizations complete Form 2 – Sponsorship Confirmation and return it to Business for the Arts by email or mail by 5pm on May 7th, 2012.  *Matching grant cheques are issued only after the submission of Form 2 – Sponsorship Confirmation.

*Please see the right hand side of this page for Application Forms that include guidelines on how to apply

For any further information on artsVest Markham, please contact us!