Grant Name: Operating Assistance to Arts Organizations

Status:

Active

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Deadline:

March 15, 2022

Description

This program is designed to enhance stability within established arts organizations that develop and sustain Nova Scotia’s arts community. Support is provided to organizations that produce or present artistic performances and events involving professional artists. Such organizations are fundamental to the vitality and long-term health of the arts and cultural life in Nova Scotia.

Support is provided towards ongoing core creation, production, presentation, and administrative costs. Support is provided on an annual and multiyear basis and is subject to annual provincial budget availability.

Eligibility

Eligible organizations must:

  • Be registered not-for-profit societies or not-for-profit cooperatives in good standing with the Nova Scotia Provincial Registry of Joint Stock Companies, or federally registered under the Corporations Act as a not-for-profit society or cooperative based and operating in Nova Scotia. Organizations must be registered for a minimum of two years before applying.
  • Have been active for at least four years.
  • Have a mandate to create, produce and/or present work by professional artists.
  • Pay professional fees to artists according to industry standards.
  • Demonstrate formal organizational structures including an active board of directors, established governance structures, and annual financial statements reviewed by an independent accountant.
  • Have received a minimum of three project grants from public funders.
  • Have a minimum annual budget of $40,000 per year.
  • Maintain active public engagement or show a form of community support that includes Nova Scotia residents and persons other than those who serve on the board of directors
  • Provide ongoing programming and engagement with the community.
  • Secure multiple sources of revenue such as corporate contributions, donations, sales, and membership fees and must pursue other sources of public or private funding.
  • Not receive operating assistance from any other Government of Nova Scotia agency or department.

How to Apply?

Send your application to artsnssubmissions@novascotia.ca according to the instructions below. You can watch our YouTube tutorial Submitting Your Application Over Email for more detailed instructions.

Before Sending Your Email

  • Include your name on all files
  • Number your files in the order they should be opened (application forms have a list of required documents in order)
  • Ensure your page limits and file sizes are in line with the program guidelines
  • Upload large audio and video files to a streaming service such as YouTube, Vimeo or SoundCloud

When Submitting

  • Address your email to artsnssubmissions@novascotia.ca
  • Send one application per email
  • Subject line should be: “Your Name – Program Name – Category”
  • Keep attachments under 25MB
  • Do not attach large audio or video files; include a streaming link in the body of the email
  • Do not send cloud-based attachments (WeTransfer, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.)
  • Do not duplicate your application; do not send an additional hard copy

Only submissions will be accepted to this email address. Please direct all questions to the program officer.

If you are unable to submit by email please contact the program officer.

Funding Amount

Funding levels are determined by median revenue and divided into three groups. Median revenue is calculated using actual revenue as reported on financial statements from the previous four years of operation.

Group 1 

  • Median revenue of between $40,000 and $160,000
  • Minimum annual support starting at $10,000
  • Organizations have a history of strong artistic programming and good financial management
  • Organizations must apply on an annual basis
  • Organizations may apply to Arts NS project grant programs and are eligible to receive a maximum of $10,000 in project support and $5000 professional development support per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31)
  • Organizations may apply to Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage programs subject to eligibility requirements.

Group 2 

  • Median revenue of between $160,000 and $650,000
  • Minimum annual support starting at $25,000
  • Organizations have a history of strong artistic programming and good financial management
  • Have prepared a multiyear plan, outlining goals, planned programs and services, and budget targets
  • Organizations may apply for Arts NS professional development grants of $5000 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31) and the Artistic Innovation program
  • Organizations may apply to Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage programs subject to eligibility requirements

Group 3

  • Median revenue of $650,000 or greater
  • Minimum annual support starting at $50,000
  • Organizations have a history of strong artistic programming and good financial management
  • Have prepared a multiyear plan, outlining goals, planned programs and services, and budget targets
  • Organizations may apply for Arts NS professional development grants of $5000 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31) and the Artistic Innovation program
  • Organizations may apply to Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage programs subject to eligibility requirements

Contact Information

Arts Nova Scotia
1741 Brunswick St., 3rd Floor
P. O. Box 456, STN Central
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3J 2R5

Lauren Williams (she/her), Program Officer
(902) 471-5720 | Lauren.Williams@novascotia.ca

Processing Fee

N/A

Location/Classification

Nova Scotia
Arts, Culture

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