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Urban Art Centres Operating Support Program

Grants to Manitoba Arts Nonprofits in Underserved
Urban Communities for Organizational Support

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Manitoba Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage

Deadline Date:

08/31/19 Receipt


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Grants to Manitoba nonprofit arts and cultural organizations for organizational support. Funding is intended to provide assistance to qualified applicants offering arts programs to underserved urban communities throughout the Province. Through these programs, organizations aim to promote healthy lifestyles, and to enhance the social and personal development of local residents.

The Urban Art Centres Operating Support program provides financial assistance to organizations delivering arts-based programs that help to nourish personal and social development; contribute to healthy lifestyles in safe environments; and provide opportunities for targeted individuals to be engaged citizens and to play active roles in community revitalization.


- Provide support to established community-based arts and cultural organizations delivering arts-based programs in any of the arts disciplines to targeted (underrepresented) (high-need/high-risk) urban communities in Manitoba with little or no capacity for revenue generation or direct cost recovery through program delivery.
- Increase the involvement of individuals, families, neighbourhoods and communities in early childhood and youth development through arts education and skills development programs aimed at personal and social development, crime prevention and healthy lifestyles.
- Support life-long learning to foster arts skills development and to provide access to career options within the arts and cultural industries.
- Enhance quality of life and wellness through engagement in positive life-affirming activities.
- Support arts-based programming delivery by organizations serving as incubators of social and cultural capital.
- Increase access to, and participation in, arts activities throughout Manitoba in general.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183771

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Urban Art Centres Operating Support program provides financial assistance to established community-based not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations.

Eligibility Criteria - Organizations must:

- Operate as an incorporated non-profit organization or under the jurisdiction of an incorporated non-profit organization.
- Have programming that is open and accessible to the public.
- Provide consistent evidence of sound management and fiscal accountability and be able to demonstrate the ability to adjust to the economic climate.
- Demonstrate financial need. Complete financial records must be maintained by the organization and be made available to the department upon request.
- Have a constitution and by-laws and operate with a duly elected board of directors.
- Be located within the community it serves.
- Have been in operation for a minimum of two years and have successfully delivered arts-based Urban Art Centre-focused programming on a project basis for a minimum of two consecutive years.
- Operate according to a constitution and by-laws under governance of a duly elected board of governors.
- Provide evidence of sound governance, management and fiscal accountability. In order to ensure organizational stability, clients are encouraged to develop an operating surplus or reserve appropriate to the size and scope of their operations.
- Develop and deliver programming in one or more arts disciplines with direct and continuous involvement of Manitoba-based professional artists/cultural industry professionals.
- Offer membership open to the public.
- Be open and accessible to the public.
- Be located in an urban area within Manitoba

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received at the Arts Branch on or before August 31. If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline is the following business day

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the program consultant before filling out an application. The Arts Branch may request additional information beyond that included in the proposal.

Qualifying organizations may apply for one operating grant per year.

Applicants will be notified in writing within six weeks after the application deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Please send completed applications and all required supporting materials to:

Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage
Arts Branch
Mr. Stuart Desnomie, Arts Consultant
6th Floor, 213 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3B 1N3

For more information, please contact Mr. Stuart Desnomie at (204) 945-1048 or by email at

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Canada: Manitoba