Operating Assistance for Community Arts Organizations provides funding to assist the general operations of established community-based non-profit arts and cultural 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.

The BC Arts Council’s Operating Assistance for Community Arts Organizations will open in summer 2022 with updates in alignment with Extending Foundations, including updated program guidelines and eligibility criteria. More information about this program will be available early August.

The deadline will be September 15, 2022. This intake will be for two years of funding and new applicants will be able to apply.

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How to Apply

All applicants must be registered in the BC Arts Council’s Online Grant Application System (GMS). It is highly recommended you read How to Apply Online before starting the application process.

All applicants, especially those new to the program, are urged to discuss their request with the Program Advisor.

Please note that program staff are typically available during regular business hours Monday - Friday.

Program Guidelines

Program guidelines are revised in advance of each intake and will be available here when the program launches.

A preview of the online application form will be available when the program opens for intake.