Operating Grants

Operating Grants support non-profit arts organizations of regional significance with a mandate in public programming. This grant recognizes the contribution these arts organizations make to quality of life in the capital region, as well as the provincial and national visibility they provide to the region.

Who can apply

Annual Operating Grant applicants must:

  • Have public programming in the arts as their main mandate and purpose.
  • Be a registered non-profit organization in BC for at least the two years immediately before application.
  • Have presented public arts programming in the capital region for at least the two years immediately before application.
  • Have received at least one CRD Project Grant or Equity Grant before the application deadline.
  • Have an active Board of Directors. Voting members of the Board must not receive payment of any kind from the applicant organization.
  • Have administration and public programming based in a jurisdiction contributing to this service:
    • Saanich, Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, Highlands, Metchosin, Sooke and Southern Gulf Islands (not including Salt Spring Island).
  • Have operating budgets that average at least $90,000 in the year of application and the two years immediately before application.
    • Operating budgets cannot include capital projects or in-kind contributions.
    • Note: organizations with operating budgets of less than $90,000 may be able to apply to Project Grants.
  • Be able to provide the documents listed in the "Financial Statement Requirements" section of the guidelines.

Annual Operating Grant applicants must not be:

  • Programs of civic departments or branches (such as libraries and community centres).
  • Clubs or organizations whose main mandate involves social service, sports, religion or education.
  • Training and educational organizations:
    • Organizations where the majority of earned revenue is from tuition or other education or training services.
    • An arts training organization may be eligible for funding for programming not related to their curriculum or other educational activities.
  • Organizations that are bankrupt, seeking creditor protection, are unable to pay debts when they are due, or are under court supervision.

New applicants to the Annual Operating Grant program must:

  • Contact CRD Arts and Culture office at least two weeks before the application deadline to arrange an eligibility review discussion.

Multi-year Operating Grants

  • Multi-year Operating Grant applications are by invitation only. Eligible organizations will be contacted by staff.

Ineligible Activities

The following activities do not qualify for the Operating Grant Program:

  • Contests and competitions
  • Capital projects
  • Tourism promotion
  • Scholarships
  • Educational activities, including recitals, exhibitions and other presentations intended to showcase the results of courses, classes, or workshops

How to Apply

  1. Review the grant guidelines and sample application for Annual Operating Grants.
  2. Contact us with questions, to confirm eligibility and request an application form.
  3. Complete the application and compile documentation.
  4. Email a copy of your complete application to the address on the application form by 4:30 pm on the published deadline.

Grant Amounts

Grant amounts are determined by the need demonstrated in the application, the needs of other applications received at the same deadline, and by limits to available resources.

If you receive a grant

 Acknowledge CRD support

You should acknowledge CRD Arts & Culture support in any promotional material in programming supported by CRD funding.


Operating Grants recipients are not required to file a final report.

However, Multi-Year Operating grant recipients are required to file interim reports by the posted grant deadline. To request a Multi-year Operating Interim Report form, contact us at 250.360.3215 or by email.

Contact Us

Confirm eligibility and request an application form:
Tel: 250.360.3215
Email Arts & Culture