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Operating Assistance - Professional Performing Arts Organizations

Important Update - Spring 2019

In July 2018, the BC Arts Council (BCAC) released the New Foundations: Strategic Plan for the BC Art Council 2018-2022. As part of the implementation of New Foundations, BCAC will be revising existing program eligibility and assessment criteria over the coming year to fully align with the new strategic directions and priorities. However, in order to best serve BCAC clients, accommodate existing program deadlines and honour the plan’s commitment to consultation, BCAC is taking a phased approach in rolling out these changes.

To this end, the Spring 2019 intake for all Operating Assistance Program – Professional Performing Arts Organizations will be offered as an interim year of annual funding. As there have been preliminary changes to the program guidelines and application form this year to reflect the new strategic directions and priorities, please ensure you review all program materials thoroughly. Revised guidelines and application forms are now available below.

What this means:

  • All existing applicants, whether on Extended Cycle, Annual Status or Concerned Status, will submit a complete application for a ONE YEAR funding cycle.

  • New applicants may also apply for a ONE YEAR funding cycle. However, eligibility must be determined with the respective the Program Officer before submitting an application.

  • The Enhanced Capacity Program will also be available for a ONE YEAR funding cycle for 2019/20.

  • Intake deadlines for both programs have been extended to April 1, 2019 to allow time for consideration and communication of these changes.

  • All applicants are encouraged to review New Foundations: Strategic Plan for the BC Art Council 2018-2022.

  • The intention is to reinstate Extended Cycle funding for the Spring 2020 intake.

For more information, please contact:

Nadine Carew – Program Officer (Theatre and Dance)
778 698-3288|

Walter Quan – Program Officer (Music)
778 698-3527 |

For more information on the BCAC’s strategic priorities or the New Foundations: Strategic Plan for the BC Art Council 2018-2022, please contact:

Allison Bottomley – Senior Arts Policy and Program Analyst
778 698-3529 |

For general information or further assistance, please contact:

250 356-1718 |   

Application Deadline: April 1

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.

Program Guidelines:

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

Print version

Application Form:

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

The intake for 2019 is now closed.

Note: The Word document is a fillable application form. Hit Tab to move from one form field to the next, or Shift+Tab to return to the previous form field.

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.