You’re invited to participate in artsVest in South-Central Okanagan!
What is artsVest?
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 and board governance 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 $30,000 in matching incentive grants is available to selected participants in the municipalities of Penticton, Peachland, Summerland, Keremeos, Oliver, and Osoyoos, 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 $60,000 into the South-Central Okanagan region's cultural economy over the period of one program year.
For more information on the program and to view past results, visit www.artsvest.com.
Which municipalities are eligible?
Organizations within the municipalities of Penticton, Peachland, Summerland, Keremeos, Oliver, and Osoyoos are eligible under the South-Central Okanagan program region.
Note: If your organization is based in the City of Kelowna, please rsvp for the Kelowna session.
Learn more about artsVest and how to apply - join us for our Sponsorship Workshop and Information Session!
Friday, March 3 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Penticton Community Centre
325 Power Street
Open to local arts, culture and heritage organizations with an annual budget of under $1M only; sponsorship experience level: beginner to moderate
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 cultural 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?
- How do I create an effective sponsorship proposal?
- How do I close the deal?
Osoyoos Organizations Only - If a representative from your organization is unable to attend this session in-person due to the geographic distance, please contact artsVest BC Program Manager, Kenji Maeda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Other Municipalities - Please note that attendance at the workshop and Information Session by a representative of your organization is required if you intend to apply for artsVest!
Recommendations for Success and Eligibility Requirements
- The artsVest program for is open to arts, culture and heritage organizations, within eligible municipalities, with an annual operating budget of under $1 million. Full eligibility and program guidelines will be available soon. Please contact Program Manager, Kenji Maeda with any questions at email@example.com or 604-619-2610.
- 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 volunteers are eligible to attend on behalf of the organization. Temporary staff and interns are not eligible.
- The individuals attending the workshop must be the ones spearheading the artsVest program for your organization.
The artsVest program in the South-Central Okanagan region is made possible with funding from the Government of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.
Questions may be directed to:
artsVest BC Program Manager