Business for the Arts invites you to celebrate the launch of artsVest™ in Brantford!

artsVest is a matching incentive and sponsorship & board governance training program designed by Business for the Arts to spark corporate engagement in arts and culture and build strong ties between public, private and cultural sectors. It will operate in Brantford from 2015-16 and will provide local cultural organizations with:

  • Free live sponsorship training workshop;
  • Ongoing mentorship with Canada’s top sponsorship and board governance experts; and
  • A community total of $30,000 in matching incentive grants.

Combined with sponsorships of equal or greater value from local businesses, this will translate to an influx of at least $60,000 into Brantford’s creative economy this year alone!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Brantford Public Library (173 Colborne St., Brantford, ON)

Open to local arts, culture, and heritage organizations. This full-day Sponsorship Training Workshop provides valuable tools to help small and mid-sized cultural organizations secure and nurture long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with local businesses. It also covers artsVest application
procedures and guidelines and is an integral component of the program. Please note that full day attendance is mandatory in order to apply for artsVest.


Open to all business professionals, municipal leadership and
cultural organizations.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Brantford Public Library (173 Colborne St., Brantford, ON)

artsVest is dedicated to building strong and lasting connections between the public, private and cultural sectors. Local municipal leaders, business professionals and cultural organizations are invited to join Business for the Arts and Mayor Chris Friel for a launch reception celebrating Brantford’s success in securing the program. Light refreshments will be served.


All attendees must register at
For more information on the program, please visit

*Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Arts and Heritage Organizations
  • Must be located in Brantford and provide programming, products or services that are accessible to the public;
  • Must be an incorporated, not-for-profit and/or registered charitable arts and heritage organization for a minimum of two years and have a publicly accountable structure with an active Board of Directors.
  • If the organization has not been incorporated for a minimum of two years, they may apply under an “umbrella organization” (a maximum of 3 initiatives can come under the umbrella organization.) For details, contact your Program Manager, Claire Hefferon (Phone: 416.869.3016 x 225,;
  • Must be an organization with arts and/or heritage as its primary mandate and core activity, such as a performing or literary arts organization, museum, gallery or heritage institution;
  • Collaboration and partnerships between two or more arts and heritage organizations are eligible and encouraged; one organization must be selected to represent the group as a whole;
  • Must be an organization with an operating budget of less than $1.5M for the last two years; and 
  • Must have attended the full artsVest workshop on June 23, 10am-4pm, at the Brantford Public Library.

Arts and Heritage Organizations – Ineligible

  • Individual artists;
  • Crown corporations;
  • Religious institutions;
  • Health, social service, and sports organizations;
  • Government agencies;
  • For-profit organizations;
  • Political parties; and
  • Educational institutions (with the exception of independent, non-profit arts schools).

For more information, contact:

Claire Hefferon, artsVest National Program Director
Business for the Arts
416.869.3016 x 225

artsVest™ is a matching incentive and sponsorship training program of Business for the Arts run in Ontario with funding support from Business for the Arts Business Members, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Government of Ontario