2005 – 2009 Pilot Results

From 2005-2009, with funding from the Government of Ontario, The Ontario Trillium Foundation and the business members at Business for the Arts, Business for the Arts brought matching funds and sponsorship training to eleven communities across Ontario: Peterborough, Prince Edward County, Sudbury, Waterloo Region, Owen Sound & District, Sarnia Lambton, Thunder Bay, Kingston, Orillia, Sault-Ste-Marie and Niagara Region.

Impact of artsVest 2005-2009:

  • 11 municipalities across Ontario received artsVest training & matching funds.
  • $535K in matching funds distributed to encourage business sponsorship.
  • $920K of business sponsorship for arts and culture across Ontario.
  • 132 arts and culture organizations received sponsorship training and matching incentive funds.
  • 374 local businesses partnered with arts and culture organizations – 222 of these businesses had never sponsored arts & culture.

Total flow of over $1.4 Million to the arts and culture sector from 2005-2009.

In 2008, Business for the Arts won the Ontario Trillium Foundations CEO Best Grant Award based on the stellar results of the artsVest pilot.

2005 – 2006 Participating Municipalities

Peterborough, Sudbury, Prince Edward County & Waterloo Region.

2006 – 2007 Participating Municipalities

Owen Sound, Sarnia Lambton & Thunder Bay.

2007 – 2008 Participating Municipalities

Kingston, Orillia, Niagara Region & Sault St. Marie.