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Professional Arts Training

Operating Assistance - Professional Arts Training Organizations

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

  • Extended Cycle: provides established, stable organizations with a fixed funding level over an extended funding cycle. Eligible, approved organizations will receive an operatnig grant amount over a period of three 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 Interim 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 Avisory 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, 2019 deadline, the Operating Assistance Program - Professional Arts Training Organizations will be entering Year Two of a three-year funding cycle. New applicants to the program are only accepted in Year One of the funding cycle.

Please refer to the guidelines or speak to your program officer for more information about your organization’s funding status and cycle.

Submission 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 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.