Operating Assistance

Organizations that qualify for Operating Assistance have been identified because they contribute to the vitality and growth of the arts and creative sectors in North Vancouver.

Grant Availability

The application window for 2019 Operating Assistance grants opens at 12:00 noon, December 5, 2018.  The deadline to submit an Operating Assistance grant request is Tuesday January 15, 2019.

Operating Assistance Guidelines

Organizations that consider they may be eligible to apply for Operating Assistance should consult the Operating Assistance Guidelines and contact the Grants Officer before submitting an application.  The Operating Assistance Guidelines provide important information including but not restricted to: eligibility considerations, submission processes, evaluation and review criteria, and annual reporting requirements.

Multi-Year Support

A stable, sustainable and predictable funding environment enables groups to plan for their organizational development and future programing needs.  Operating Assistance Grants may, at the recommendation of the Grants Committee, be approved for up to three (3) years.  Grants recipients will be advised at the time of receiving a grant whether or not they are recommended for multi-year support.

Application Materials

Qualification & Eligibility Criteria

In order to qualify for Operating Assistance, arts organizations must be in a position to demonstrate a leadership role in contributing to the vitality and growth of the arts and creative sectors in North Vancouver, including but not restricted to:

  • through the development, presentation or production of their own programs
  • through innovative and supportive partnerships with artists and with other groups in the creative and cultural sectors
  • through mentoring and support of emerging arts groups and practitioners  OR
  • through their capacity to respond to and deliver on the municipalities’ goals and objectives for arts and cultural development.

In addition, in order to be considered eligible for Operating Assistance, organizations must:

  • be a registered not-for-profit or charitable organization whose primary purpose is to provide arts and cultural experiences in North Vancouver
  • be located in North Vancouver and have a history of arts activity in North Vancouver for at least two (2) years prior to the application and conduct the majority of their work in North Vancouver
  • employ paid staff (full or part-time) through professional arts practices, exhibit sound and independent management structures, provide strong leadership and offer either a year-round program or a full season of arts programming
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