The Operating Assistance for Community Arts Organizations program supports organizations that provide public access to a range of artistic and cultural activities, develop and encourage leadership for arts and culture at the community level, and encourage support for arts and culture from local and regional governments.

2021 Operating Assistance Intake

For 2021, all current recipients of Operating Assistance will submit an application for staff to review. Please ensure you review the 2021 Operating Assistance Overview document for further information.

New applicants to Operating Assistance will not be accepted at this time. Any new information regarding new applicants will be updated on this program page and in our news section.

These decisions were made as part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 & the BC Arts Council

We remain committed to supporting B.C.’s artists and cultural organizations through this difficult time.

Funded activities may need to make adaptations to comply with relevant public health orders, including those regarding gatherings and travel.

The most up-to-date information will always be posted on our dedicated COVID-19 Update page and individual pages for programs open for intake. Updates will also be announced on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Who Can Apply

For 2021, only current recipients of Operating Assistance are eligible. To continue to receive funding through Community Arts Organizations - Operating, your organization must be in good standing and continue to fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be registered as a not-for-profit society in good standing with the Province of British Columbia and have operated as a community arts organization for at least two fiscal years prior to application.
  • Provide year-round services to its community, and have done so in the immediately preceding two years.

At present, we are not accepting new applicants to this program.

How to Apply

All applicants must be registered in the BCAC Online Grant Application System. It is highly recommended to read the entire How to Apply Online before starting this process.

You can access the main log in page of the BCAC Online Grant Application System by clicking the Apply Now button at the bottom of this webpage.

Program Guidelines

For 2021, eligible applicants to Operating Assistance will be completing a revised Operating application.

Please refer to the overview document for more information about this year’s intake.

The following guidelines are from the previous intake and provided for general information about the program. They are for reference only.

Program Guidelines

Preview of the online application form