Each year the DVBA sets aside funds for a range of incentive grants and sponsorships.
Marketing 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).
District (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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
To help creating 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.