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Performing Arts (Music, Theatre or Dance)

Operating Assistance - Professional Performing Arts Organizations

The Operating Assistance Program offers funding through Extended Cycle and Annual Status grants.

  • Extended Cycle: provides established, stable organizations with a fixed funding level over an extended funding cycle. Eligible, approved organizations will receive an operating grant amount over a period of two years based on an initial request amount and subject to annual reporting and budgetary approvals. Organizations on Extended Cycle Status must submit the Extended Cycle Report by the program deadline annually in order to receive a grant in each of the years within their funding cycle.
  • Annual Status: provides funding for annual operations to organizations that are newly entering the operating program; experiencing significant transition; or requiring closer monitoring as identified by the Advisory Committee, Council or staff in consideration of Program Guidelines and Council policy. Organizations on Annual Status must submit a full application by the program deadline each year.

For the March 15, 2018 deadline, the Operating Assistance Program - Professional Performing Arts will be entering Year Two of a two-year funding cycle. New applicants to the program are only accepted in Year One of the funding cycle.

Application Deadline: March 15

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

Before you Apply:

  • Review the Program Guidelines and Application Form carefully as they are revised annually.
  • Applicants are urged to contact their Program Officer prior to submission.
  • If you do not have Adobe Reader to view the PDF files, click here to download the most recent version.

Program Guidelines:

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

Print Version PDF.pdf

Application Form:

Application forms are available approximately six weeks before the program deadline. The intake for 2018 is closed.