The Downtown Victoria Business Association offers a range of financial assistance through our various grant programs:

CLEAN, SAFE & SUSTAINABLE GRANTS
SECURITY & VANDALISM GRANTS
DISTRICT & EVENT SUPPORT GRANTS

ENHANCE DOWNTOWN VICTORIA

Murals and public art installations beautify downtown Victoria. The Enhance Downtown Victoria grant is worth 20% of the cost (to a maximum of $2,500) for property owners. Grants must be approved by a committee made up of DVBA and the City representatives. Application must be completed before any work is done.

Murals sponsored by the DVBA include Lady Justice, Queen Victoria, Janion, Hanging Dragons, Atomique building, Chinatown, and Library Lane.

Enhance Downtown Victoria Grants are available for:

  • Retaining professional services of artists
  • Purchasing raw materials
  • Installing mural or public art

Grants will be paid upon satisfactory completion of work and receipt presentation. To be eligible for a grant, a property must be located within the downtown Victoria boundaries. The application must fully outline and illustrate the scope of work (materials, lighting, professional services, etc.) Unless circumstances warrant otherwise, more than one quote is required for proposed services or product. All work must receive the necessary heritage and design approvals, as well as building permits from the City of Victoria.

Please contact us for more information.

ILLUMINATE DOWNTOWN VICTORIA

The right lighting increases a sense of welcoming and security. We can help you light the way with our Illuminate Downtown Victoria grant worth 25% (to a maximum of $5000) is available for downtown properties and businesses.

31 downtown properties have been lit through our Illuminate Downtown program since 2005, including Trounce, Waddington, and Dragon Alleys.

Financial assistance is available to help with the costs of:

  • Retaining professional services of lighting designers
  • Purchasing lighting products
  • Installing lighting

Grants will be paid upon satisfactory completion of work and receipt presentation. All work must be completed within six months of approval. To be eligible for a grant, a property must be located within the downtown Victoria boundaries. The application must fully outline and illustrate the scope of work and the proposed lighting products. Unless circumstances warrant otherwise, more than one quote is required for proposed services or product. All work must receive the necessary heritage and design approvals, as well as building permits from the City of Victoria.

Please contact us for more information.

GULL DETERRENT GRANT

GULL DETERRENT GRANT

Seagulls? We can help. This grant, worth 50% (to a maximum of $350) of the cost of materials and hired labour, is available to property owners who want to install permanent rooftop and roofline devices, designed to prevent seagulls from roosting or perching.

71 properties have been bird-proofed since this grant program was introduced in 2011.

To be eligible for a Gull Deterrent Grant, the property must be located within the downtown Victoria boundaries. The application must be approved by the DVBA before work is carried out. Please contact us for more information.

Clean, Safe, and Sustainable Grants

The DVBA allocates funds to organizations that produce events that contribute toward making downtown Victoria welcoming, vibrant. We also support events that highlight downtown Victoria as the preferred regional hub for business, culture, services, and amenities.

The deadline for submissions is typically the end of October each year, with funds being allocated in January. 

District and Event Support Grants 2020 – 2021

At present, the DVBA is not offering event grants for the year 2021.  This page will be updated when that changes.

Security Grants

The DVBA is offering up to $500 on a 50% cost-share basis for businesses to purchase improved locks, protective film for windows, security cameras, or other physical measures to increase security. These grants will be available while funds last.  Businesses are encouraged to pre-apply before beginning work, in order to ensure there are still funds available.

Download a PDF of the grant application form

Vandalism Repair Grants

Due to funding provided by the City of Victoria, the DVBA is offering grants to Victoria businesses affected by break-ins and vandalism.  Individual grants of up to $1,000 are available to any business that experiences vandalism between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2022. To be eligible, businesses must submit proof of the insurance deductible amount (or a statement that they are not applying for insurance coverage), receipts for completed repair work, and the police file number associated with the incident.

Download a PDF of the grant application form

For more information, please email info@downtownvictoria.ca.

DVBA

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  20 Centennial Square, Victoria BC

  250-386-2238

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  20 Centennial Square, Victoria BC

  250-386-2238

  info@downtownvictoria.ca