The artsVest program is designed to spark new business sponsorship of arts and culture through training workshops and matching incentive funds. Each matching dollar in the community generates an average of $3.75 in additional business sponsorship.
With a provincial contribution of $300,000 over two years, the artsVest program launched in five new regions: northwest B.C., Sunshine Coast, south-central Okanagan, Columbia-Shuswap and Alberni-Clayoquot in 2016.
Arts and culture organizations are selected to participate through a jury selection process, and those successful gain access to educational materials, mentorship and workshops. They also gain access to matching grants when new sponsorship money is raised by participating organizations. The program enables arts and culture organizations to approach the business sector with an offer to double their investment dollars or match the value of their in-kind donations.
View the 2016 B.C. participants (pdf)