Each year the DVBA sets aside funds for a range of incentive grants and sponsorships.

Grant programs change from year to year as needs and uptake change but are generally focused on precinct and event sponsorships. To be eligible for a grant, an event must be located within the boundaries of the Downtown Victoria Business Improvement Area (click here for DVBA boundary map).

Festival & Event Grants

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The DVBA works hard for Victoria’s downtown business community, promoting sustainable economic vitality through action and advocacy. To support this mission, the DVBA allocates funds to organizations that produce events that contribute towards making downtown Victoria welcoming, vibrant, and the preferred regional hub for business, culture, services and amenities. 

The deadline for form submission for DVBA 2019 grant applications is October 31, 2018. The updated grants application will be available early Fall 2018.

For more information on applications and the grants process, please contact Ian Piears at ian@downtownvictoria.ca

Free Resource: Green Events Guide

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GREEN EVENTS GUIDE

DOWNTOWN VICTORIA

Culture, economy and nature co-exist in our vibrant Downtown Victoria. To ensure a healthy future for our region, this guide is designed to provide event organizers with the knowledge and tools to minimize waste, conserve natural resources, and ensure healthy air and water quality.

This guide addresses six key sustainability impact areas. Use this guide to develop a sustainability action plan for your event. Set goals, track outcomes and celebrate wins!

Share your plans, challenges and successes with the DVBA. Our events can make us a stronger, more resilient DOWNTOWN VICTORIA

Download your copy of the Green Events Guide

 

Precinct Grants

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Precinct Grants

The DVBA encourages business neighbours to work together through precincts to improve their streets, produce events, and market their areas. To this end, there are four DVBA grants available to districts, also known as precincts, to help support businesses as they work together to make downtown a vibrant place to do business. For information, email info@downtownvictoria.ca

Start-up 

Under this grant program, a group of businesses who decide to start a district are eligible for branding services under the umbrella of the new Downtown Victoria brand. The DVBA will cover the $1,250 fee to work collaboratively with the DVBA and The Number, the agency who developed the DVBA’s brand identity, to develop brand and visual assets that best represent the character and businesses of your precinct. To discuss starting a new district, please reach out to Interim Executive Director, Jeff Bray at jeff@downtownvictoria.ca.

Marketing

To assist with marketing your precinct, the DVBA will provide funding of 25% up to a maximum of $1,000 for the creation of marketing materials, advertising costs, photography or social media advertising campaigns. As with all applications for funding, requests must be made two months in advance and must include a detailed proposal including a timeline and a budget. To discuss your marketing campaign, reach out to Marketing Manager, Anne-Sophie Dumetz at anne-sophie@downtownvictoria.ca.

Infrastructure

In order to help create more vibrant precincts, the DVBA has a program to encourage precincts to invest in their spaces. Projects can include street furniture, decorative lighting, plants, public art, etc. The DVBA can contribute 25% up to a maximum of $2,000. Funding requests must be made at least two months in advance and must include a detailed proposal including a timeline and a budget. To discuss making improvements within your district, please reach out to Interim Executive Director, Jeff Bray at jeff@downtownvictoria.ca.

Please note: Funding is available on a first come, first serve basis until the budget has been fully allocated.