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Community Arts Councils operating awards are made once each government fiscal year (April – March) for the applicant’s activities in their own upcoming fiscal year. Assistance is available to Community Arts Councils in British Columbia that: provide public access to a range of artistic and cultural activities, develop and encourage leadership for arts and culture at the community level and encourage support for arts and culture from local and regional governments.
There are three components to Community Arts Council Assistance.
1. Basic Assistance
2. Local Government Matching
3. Annual Performance Award
The guidelines below set out the application requirements, eligibility criteria and assessment criteria for each component, followed by general policy on financial requirements, the need for a subsidy, changes to awards, conditions of assistance, and deadlines. For further information please contact Monique Lacerte-Roth, Program Officer, Community Arts Development Programs, at 250-356-5488.
Arts councils seeking Basic Assistance for the first time should be aware that admission to this program occurs every five years, following the federal census. In other years, eligible arts councils that are not receiving Community Arts Council Assistance may apply for a Community Arts Development Project Assistance award.
Annual awards for basic assistance support are available to eligible community arts councils throughout the province.

Applicants may also apply for funding under the performance component of the program, Annual Performance Awards. These awards, described below, are evaluated on the basis of Artistic Achievement, Community Engagement and Organizational Capacity as well as the mandate of the organization and the core values of Council.
All applicants to the British Columbia Arts Council are encouraged to submit concise, realistic requests, responding fully to the assessment criteria.

This program assists Community Arts Councils that received financial assistance from municipal or regional governments in the previous fiscal year.

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GrantWatch ID#: 145384

Term of Contract:

Basic Assistance: the Community Arts Council’s forecast fiscal year, i.e. the fiscal year beginning after September 30 of the year in which the arts council submits an application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible applicant must:
• Be registered as a not-for-profit society in good standing with the Province of British Columbia and have operated for at least two fiscal years prior to application.
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• New Applicants to Community Arts Council Operating Assistance must have received at least two recent Project Assistance awards from the British Columbia Arts Council.
• Provide year-round services to its community, and have done so in the immediately preceding two years.
• Receive unencumbered cash support from local government (i.e. cash for operations).
• Compensate artists by paying fees to professional artists at industry standards and to community artists at agreed upon rates; and adhere to international intellectual property rights standards.
• Employ professional artistic and administrative leadership.
• Demonstrate a range of membership that is representative of its constituency or community.
• Demonstrate the need for financial assistance, as defined by Council policy.
Ineligible applications will not be reviewed by advisory committees.
For organizations that have not previously received Operating Assistance:
• Applicants must establish eligibility with Council staff at least six weeks before the application deadline.

Pre-Application Information:

Local Government Matching: Community Arts Councils that received financial assistance from municipal or regional governments in their most recently completed fiscal year are eligible for 100% matching funding to a maximum of $4,000 for use in the forecast funding year. The actual amount of local government assistance requested must correspond with the last complete fiscal year’s financial statements.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Monique Lacerte-Roth, Program Officer, Community Arts Development Programs

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