The applicant must:
- Have public programming in the arts as their primary mandate and purpose.
- Be a non-profit society and have been registered in British Columbia for at least two consecutive years immediately preceding the application deadline.
- Have actively presented public arts programming in the CRD for the two consecutive years immediately preceding the application deadline.
- Have received one or more CRD Project Grant awards prior to the application deadline.
- Have an active Board of Directors. Voting members of the Board must not receive remuneration of any kind from the applicant organization.
- Have their administration and public programming based in a jurisdiction that contributes to the CRD Arts & Culture Support Service.
- Have operating budgets that average at least $50,000 in the year of application and the two years immediately preceding application, exclusive of capital projects or in-kind contributions. (Organizations with operating budgets of less than $50,000 may be eligible for funding through the CRD Arts & Culture Support Service Project Grant program.)
- Provide, with their applications, the appropriate financial statements as outlined in the "Financial Statement Requirements" section of the Guidelines as well as promotional materials showing CRD recognition.
- Demonstrate a need for public funding in their applications.
Operating grants are not available for programs of civic departments or branches (e.g., libraries or community centres), nor are they intended for the activities of clubs or for organizations whose primary mandate involves social service, religious, sports or educational activities.
Training and educational organizations are not eligible unless they are determined to have public programming of regional significance. An organization will be determined to be primarily concerned with training or education if the majority of its earned revenue is derived from tuitions or other payments for educational or training services.
Organizations in arrears with any local authority, are bankrupt, seeking creditor protection, are insolvent, or under court supervision of any kind are ineligible.