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artsvest B.C. Info Session and Workshop

Business / Arts

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM (PDT)

artsvest B.C. Info Session and Workshop

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Type End Quantity
VICTORIA | Wed, July 3 | 1pm-5pm PDT | Info Session & Workshop
Victoria City Hall - Antechamber, 1 Centennial Square, Victoria, BC | Limit 2 people per organization.
Ended Free  
FORT ST JOHN | Mon, July 8 | 1pm-5pm MST | Info Session & Workshop
Pomeroy Sport Centre - Second Floor Meeting Room, 9324 96  Street, Fort St. John, BC
Ended Free  
CRANBROOK | Mon, July 15 | 1pm-5pm MDT | Info Session & Workshop
Manual Training School @ Cranbrook Public Library, 1212 2nd Street North, Cranbrook, BC
Ended Free  
MASSET | Thu, July 18 | 1pm-5pm PDT | Info Session & Workshop
Howard Phillips Community Hall - Meeting Room, 1590 Cook Street, Masset, BC
Ended Free  
WHISTLER | Mon, July 22 | 1pm-5pm PDT | Info Session & Workshop
Maury Young Arts Centre with Arts Whistler - Multipurpose Room 4335 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC
Ended Free  

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You’re invited to participate in artsvest B.C.!


artsvest is Business / Arts signature mentorship training program designed to build capacity in Canada’s cultural sector. artsvest provides small to mid-sized arts, culture and heritage organizations with resources, expertise and training in marketing, board governance and sponsorship along with matching incentive funds and peer-to-peer networking. 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 funds - for every one dollar raised in sponsorship, Business / Arts will match it with another dollar - doubling their sponsorship opportunity.

The program will continue in B.C. for 2019-2020, providing local arts, culture and heritage organizations with:

  • sponsorship training workshop
  • Individualized mentorship sessions with expert coaches and mentors who provide tools and resources on topics including marketing, board governance and sponsorship.
  • Peer-to-Peer training Workshops
  • Group mentorship webinars, marketing and branding tutorials
  • A resource bank of tools and templates

There is no cost to participants and the commitment to the artsvest program is approximately one year.

Matching incentive grants from $1,000 - $5,000 are available to selected participants who secure sponsorship from businesses throughout the 10-month program. Combined with sponsorships from local businesses, this will translate to a significant investment impact into the cultural economy over the period of one program year.

for full program guidelines click here

  • Must be an arts, culture, or heritage organization operating in a region or municipality where the artsvest program is operating.The artsvest program is open to local arts, culture and heritage organizations with an annual budget of under $1.5M.
    • 2019-20 program regions include:
      • Capital Regional District
      • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
      • East Kootenay Regional District
      • Peace River Regional District
      • Haida Gwaii
  • Must have been in existence for a minimum of one completed fiscal year with active programming.
  • Must provide arts, culture or heritage programming, products or services that are accessible to the public.
  • Must be an incorporated, not-for-profit organization, society and/or registered charitable organization with arts, culture or heritage as a part of their mandate and core activity and a publicly accountable structure with an active Board of Directors.
    • Organizations, groups, cooperatives and collectives which are not incorporated may apply under the umbrella of a local organization of their choosing.Indigenous arts groups are eligible to apply as incorporated not-for-profit organizations or unincorporated collectives which operate on a non-profit basis.
      • For artsvest application purposes, an umbrella organization is an incorporated not-for-profit organization or a registered charity that has been in existence for at least 2 years and can submit applications for and on-behalf of an unincorporated arts organization, cooperative, or collective in their local community. Umbrella organizations must complete an Umbrella organization application.

Please contact Program Manager, Kenji Maeda with any eligibility questions at


Join us for an Information Session to learn more about artsvest B.C. and how to apply!
Please note that your attendance at one of the Information Sessions and workshops is mandatory if you intend to apply for artsvest B.C. 2019-2020.

The afternoon will begin with an information session which will provide important insight on how to successfully apply to artsvest and will present information about program offerings and timelines. This will be followed by a sponsorship workshop which will provide valuable tools to help small and mid-sized organizations secure long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with local businesses. It explores the basics of sponsorship, answering the following questions:

  • What is the difference between a donation and sponsorship?
  • How can I identify prospects in my community to partner with?
  • What are sponsors looking for?
  • How do I create an effective sponsorship proposal?
  • How do I close the deal?


  • Capital Regional District
    • Wednesday, July 3 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm (Local Time, Pacific Daylight Time)
      Victoria City Hall - Antechamber
      1 Centennial Square, Victoria, BC
  • Peace River Regional District
    • Monday, July 8 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm (Local Time, Mountain Standard Time)
      Pomeroy Sport Centre - Second Floor Meeting Room
      9324 96  Street, Fort St. John, BC
  • East Kootenay Regional District
    • Monday, July 15 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm (Local Time, Mountain Daylight Time)
      Manual Training School @ Cranbrook Public Library
      1212 2nd Street North, Cranbrook, BC
  • Haida Gwaii
    • Thursday, July 18 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm (Local Time, Pacific Daylight Time)
      Howard Phillips Community Hall - Meeting Room
      1590 Cook Street, Masset, BC
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
    • Monday, July 22 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm (Local Time, Pacific Daylight Time)
      Maury Young Arts Centre with Arts Whistler - Multipurpose Room
      4335 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC

Note: If your organization is based more than 60 min or 50 km away from the workshop location in your region, or there are other travel barriers (eg. if a ferry is required to attend), please contact Program Manager Kenji Maeda at All organizations within the 60 min or 50 km limit must attend the information session in-person.

We strongly recommend that two team members attend the artsvest workshop on behalf of your organization. Program trends indicate that having more than one team member attend will improve your success in your application and eventual fundraising efforts. Note that only staff, board members and official volunteers are eligible to attend on behalf of the organization.

The artsvest B.C. program is made possible with funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of B.C.

For more information on the program and to view past results, please visit

Questions may be directed to: Kenji Maeda, artsvest B.C. Program Manager at

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