About Operating Grants

Annual operating grants are provided to eligible, non-profit arts organizations of regional significance whose primary mandate is public programming in the arts. Operating grants recognize the contribution that arts organizations make to the quality of life in the capital region, as well as to the visibility and activities these organizations bring to the region.

2021 Application Deadline

  • Thursday, September 9th, 2021 at 4:30pm

What are the grant amounts?

A grant recommended through the Operating Grant Program is determined by evidence of demonstrated need in the application, by the needs of other applications received at the same deadline, and by limits to available resources.

Who can apply for this grant?

Applicants 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 (Saanich, Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, Highlands, Metchosin, Sooke and Southern Gulf Islands).
  • Have operating budgets that average at least $90,000 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 $90,000 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.
  • Demonstrate a need for public funding in their applications.

Ineligible applicants:

  • Programs of civic departments or branches (e.g., libraries or community centres)
  • Activities of clubs or 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 tuition 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

What kinds of activities are eligible?

Operating grants support on-going operational costs for arts activities and public programming benefiting residents in the capital region.

Given budget limitations, some activities are beyond the scope of this grant program, regardless of their merit. The following do not qualify for the Operating Grant Program:

  • Contests and competitions
  • Capital projects
  • Tourism promotion
  • Scholarships

In addition, arts training organizations are not eligible for operating funding in order to fulfill prescribed curriculum requirements or other educational activities: recitals, exhibitions and other presentations intended to present or showcase the ongoing or final results of courses, classes, workshops, etc., are not eligible for funding under this program.

What are the steps to apply?

  1. Review the Operating Grant Guidelines and FAQs.
  2. Contact us with questions, to confirm eligibility and request an application form.
  3. Complete the application, compile documentation and provide a digital copy by 4:30pm on the published deadline.

Email the documents to the CRD Arts & Culture Support Service.

Application to the program does not guarantee funding.

Is Multi-year Operational Funding Available?

A Multi-year Operating Grant Program was approved by the CRD Arts Commission in 2018. Application is by invitation only. Eligible organizations will be contacted by Arts & Culture Support Service staff.

Guidelines and Sample Applications



Sample application forms are for informational purposes only.

Is a final report required?

Recipients of Operating grants are not required to file a final report.

Recipients of Multi-Year Operating grants are required to file an interim report by the posted grant deadline in lieu of an application.

To request a Multi-year Operating Interim Report form, please contact the Arts & Culture Support Service at 250.360.3215 or by email.

Contact Us

Contact us to confirm eligibility for funding and to request a grant application form.

Tel: 250.360.3215