Program TypeOperating Assistance
Application DeadlineMay 15, 2021
- Application Type
The Arts Training Organizations: Operating Assistance Program provides funding to support the activities of professional, non-profit arts training organizations that provide comprehensive programs of specialized training for professional artists and cultural workers or for those who are committed to pursuing professional careers in the arts.
2021 Operating Assistance Intake
For 2021, all current recipients of Operating Assistance will submit a simplified 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 Arts Training Organizations: Operating Assistance Program, your organization must be in good standing and continue to fulfill the following criteria:
- Be a professional arts organization registered and in good standing as a non-profit society in the Province of British Columbia for at least two fiscal years prior to application.
- Have operated as a professional arts training organization for two fiscal years prior to application.
- Provide public programming and have done so in the immediately preceding two years.
- Compensate artists and arts professionals by paying fees at industry standards and adhere to international intellectual property rights standards.
- Have professional artistic/training and administrative leadership.
At present, we are not accepting new applicants to this program. Further general information about the program is available in the Program Guidelines below.
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 login page of the BCAC Online Grant Application System by clicking the Apply Now button at the bottom of this webpage.
For 2021, eligible applicants to Operating Assistance will be completing a simplified application process. Please refer to the overview document linked above 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.