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Arts and Cultural Service Organizations

Operating Assistance - Arts and Cultural Services Organizations

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

  • Extended Cycle (formerly Streamlined Status): 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 September 30, 2016 deadline, the Operating Assistance Program - Arts and Cultural Service Organizations will be entering Year One of a two-year funding cycle. New applicants to the program will only be accepted in Year One of the funding cycle.

Please review the Program Guidelines and Application Form carefully as they are revised annually.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2016

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:

Program guidelines are reviewed and revised annually. 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

Print Version PDF.pdf

Print Version ms word.doc


Note: The application form of the Word document is a fillable 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.