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Operating Assistance Guidelines - Community Arts Councils

The BC Arts Council has been reviewing its Operating Programs over the last few years and this review is due to wrap up by the end of our current fiscal year, 2016-17.  This fiscal year, most operating programs have already entered into a streamlined funding cycle of either two or three years. In future, Community Arts Councils (CACs) will be entering into a two-year streamlined funding cycle. As CAC support is still being reviewed, and due to census figures not being available until June 2017, your organizations will not enter into a streamlined process until next fiscal year 2017-18 (September 30, 2017). At that time, CACs will apply with a full-length application that will be adjudicated by the Community Arts Advisory Committee and decisions will be made determining the next two years of support. In the interim year (September 2018) a shorter report will be required to release the second year’s funds.

This year, the level of base funding available to Community Arts Councils will remain the same as in 2015-16, excluding any Annual Performance funds. As always, the Basic Assistance formula applies to individual Community Arts Councils and combines assistance based on their community’s population and distance from a major urban centre. This formula emphasizes assistance to smaller, regional communities.  The Local Government Matching component’s maximum level of support remains at $4,000 to encourage the continued leverage of local government dollars in support of community Arts, and the Annual Performance Awards of up to $10,000 continue to be available on a competitive basis.  

All Community Arts Councils 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:

Application forms are available approximately six weeks before the program deadline.

Print Version PDF.pdf

Print Version ms word.doc

Financial Spreadsheet


Mac Users: after saving or opening the MS Word application form, please check your ‘Downloads’ folder, as this is where the file is automatically placed. You may have to select and open the file.