Call for Applications Support Operate Grant Program

Manitoba Arts Council

Relevent Country: Canada

The Manitoba Arts Council is making new opportunities for arts and cultural organizations in the province to receive operational funding, through Support – Operate Grant Program.

The Support – Operate program invests in the ongoing activities of arts and cultural organizations. Funding through this program supports operating costs and the delivery of impactful arts and cultural programming and services.


  • Community building
  • Your organization is embedded in community, whether defined by a geographical area or by a collective experience. You play an essential role in the health and well-being of your community by giving people the opportunity to take an active part in shared artistic and cultural expressions.

Education and training

  • Your organization focuses on students in arts and culture, developing skills for lifelong learners, and aspiring professional artists. You offer rigorous training in one or more disciplines, based on a curriculum taught by qualified instructors.
  • Presenting and publishing
  • Your organization inspires and provokes Manitoban audiences. You take risks by presenting or publishing innovative, relevant, and high-calibre artistic work that pushes boundaries. You invest in professional Manitoban artists and the creation of new artistic work that moves the art form forward.

Sector building

  • Your organization focuses on its members by building and strengthening arts and culture at the sector level. You represent and support a specific discipline or stakeholder group within the arts and culture sector and provide resources and advocacy for your members.

Funding Information

  • Equal or greater than $50,000 and less than $125,000
  • Maximum Grant: up to 40% of your annual revenue or $37,500 (whichever is less)
  • Equal or greater than $125,000 and less than $500,000
  • Maximum Grant: up to 30% of your annual revenue or $125,000 (whichever is less)
  • Equal or greater than $500,000 and less than $4.9 million
  • Maximum Grant: up to 25% of your annual revenue or $750,000 (whichever is less)
  • Equal or greater than $5 million
  • Maximum Grant: Up to 15% of your annual revenues
  • Note: MAC will not award a grant lower than $20,000 per fiscal year

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Support-Operate grant is available to the following applicant types:
  • Professional not-for-profit arts organizations
  • Professional arts service organizations
  • Not-for-profit community arts organizations
  • Book and periodical publishers
  • Your organization must meet all the following criteria:
  • Has arts or culture as the primary focus of its mandate
  • Has reported annual revenues of at least $50,000 in for one of the past three years
  • Has paid staff in a leadership role (or is planning to have within the next two years)
  • Has the ability to report financial and statistical information in the Canadian Arts Database/Données sur les arts au Canada (CADAC)
  • Pays professional fees to Manitoba artists and arts/cultural professionals
  • Has the ability to plan programming/activities two years in advance
  • In addition to the criteria above, Book & Periodical Publishers must:
  • Primarily publish literary genres (including, novels, poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, graphic novels, art criticism)
  • Primarily publish titles written by people other than shareholders or staff
  • In addition to the criteria above, First-time applicants to the Support-Operate grant must:
  • Have received a minimum of two MAC project grants since 2018 (excluding the Arts and Cultural Sustainability Fund, and Recognize – Prizes nominations)

First time applicants

  • This year, MAC is welcoming applications from organizations that are not currently receiving a Support – Operate grant. New applicants must meet the eligibility criteria listed above.


  • The following organizations are ineligible to apply for the Manitoba Arts Council’s Support-Operate grant:
  • Museums and Heritage groups
  • Libraries
  • Organizations, affiliated with large institutions, that are not financially, curatorially, and artistically independent
  • Municipalities and sub-committees of municipalities
  • Charitable Foundations
  • Organizations that directly or indirectly receive ongoing funding from the Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage.