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.

Categories

  • 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.

Ineligible

  • 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.

Source: https://artscouncil.mb.ca/2023/10/call-for-applications-support-operate-and-support-community-impact/