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Operating Assistance Guidelines - Community Arts Organizations

This fiscal year, Community Arts Organizations, including Community Arts Organizations (CAOs), have the potential to apply for funding through the “Pilot” Community Arts Organizations Operating Assistance Program. Applicants must have received a minimum of two
BC Arts Council (BCAC) community arts-specific project grants within the last
five (5) years to be eligible.

Established Operating Applicants in good standing are automatically entered into a two-year extended cycle of support. New applicants and organizations on Concerned Status will be required to apply annually with a full application. Admission to this program occurs on a
two-year cycle, and we are currently in year two, therefore there will be no new applicants accepted to this cycle in government’s 2018/19 fiscal year.

Maximum Assistance Levels for Community Arts Organizations Operating Assistance

•             The minimum amount of Basic Assistance is $3,000 annually.
•             The maximum amount of Basic Assistance is $20,000 annually.
•             The maximum amount of Local Government Matching is $5,000 annually.
•             The maximum request for Annual Performance Award support may not exceed $10,000.

Please note the budget formally reserved for the optional Annual Performance Award has been reallocated and added to the budgets of the mandatory Basic Assistance and Local Government Matching, formula-based components. The Annual Performance Award will be assigned a new budget in the fall (2018). Once the budget has been approved, requests for Annual Performance funds will be considered via the December 2018 adjudication meeting.

All Community Arts Organizations applying for operating support are encouraged to contact Monique Lacerte, Community Arts Officer, to discuss their operating application for this year.

Application Deadline: September 30

Note: if the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline becomes the next business day.

Before you Apply:

  • Read the program guidelines.
  • If you do not have Adobe Reader to view the PDF files, click here to download the most recent version.

Program Guidelines:

Guidelines are revised annually. Please ensure you are working with the most current program guidelines for each intake.

Print Version PDF.pdf

Basic Assistance and Annual Performance Application Form:

2018 Operating Assistance - Annual Status

2018 Operating Assistance - Annual Status

2018 Operating Assistance - Extended Cycle interim report

2018 Operating Assistance - Enhanced Capacity interim report