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

Application Deadline: Thursday, September 9th, 2021 at 4:30pm

Who Can Apply

Annual Operating 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 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 and community centres)
  • Activities of clubs or organizations whose primary mandate involves social service, religious, sports or educational activities
  • Training and educational organizations unless they are determined to have public programming of regional significance (i.e. if the majority of an organization's 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

Ineligible Activities

Given budget limitations, some activities are beyond the scope of this grant program, regardless of their merit.

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 present or showcase the ongoing or final results of courses, classes, or workshops

How to Apply

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

Application to the program does not guarantee funding.

Guidelines and Sample Application Form

Multi-year Operating Grants

Application for Multi-year Operating Grants is by invitation only. Eligible organizations will be contacted by staff.

Grant Amounts

For Operating Grants, the grant amount is determined by the evidence of demonstrated need in the application, by the needs of other applications received at the same deadline, and by limits to available resources.

Reporting for Grant Recipients

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 in lieu of an application. To request a Multi-year Operating Interim Report form, contact us at 250.360.3215 or by email.

Contact Us

Confirm eligibility for funding and request a grant application form:
Tel: 250.360.3215
Email