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

The Downtown Victoria Business Association 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 submissions is typically the end of October each year, with funds being allocated in January.

Festival and 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.

For more information on applications and the grants process, please email alison@downtownvictoria.ca

District Grants

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There are three district grants available

 

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 develop the brand and visual assets that best represent the character and businesses of your district.

 

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.

 

Infrastructure

The DVBA has a program to encourage districts 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.