• Program Type
    Operating Assistance
  • Application Deadline
    May 15, 2021
  • Application Type
  • Disciplines


Professional Dance Organizations: Operating Assistance contributes to the support of professional, non-profit performing arts organizations working in dance that sustain an annual artistic program encompassing creation, development, production, and public presentation.

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 Professional Dance Organizations: Operating Assistance, your organization must be in good standing and continue to fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be a professional performing arts organization registered and in good standing as a non-profit society in the Province of British Columbia;
  • Have operated as a professional performing arts organization for two fiscal years prior to application providing public programming for a minimum of two fiscal years prior to application.
  • Compensate artists and arts professionals fairly in keeping with community contexts and industry standards within the field of practice, including adhering to international intellectual property rights standards and cultural ownership protocols.

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.

Program Guidelines

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.

Program guidelines