Support – Operate

The 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.

Who can apply

  • Only organizations that are currently receiving operating funding from the Manitoba Arts Council are eligible at this time.

Grant amount

For the upcoming intake, MAC is not anticipating significant increases or decreases to grant amounts from previous years, but minor adjustments may occur.

Organizations that have received operating grants from MAC and the Arts Branch of the Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage will now receive one operating grant, which combines the previous operating grants received from both funding bodies.


November 15


Changes to the program

This intake of the Support – Operate program is open to organizations that have received funding through this program before and to organizations that previously received operating support through the Arts Branch of the Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage. Because MAC is now serving a larger and more diverse group of clients, changes have been made to the program. Here is an overview:

  • The program will offer four streams determined by an organization’s revenue. This ensures that the application process and reporting requirements are appropriate for organizations of any size.
  • Assessment of applications will be based in part on the primary area of focus that organizations select, along with the organization’s performance in the areas of inclusion and organizational health. MAC recognizes that organizations across the province make an impact in different ways – by presenting and publishing art, by serving specific communities, by teaching students, and by supporting others in the sector.
  • The updates to the program are guided by MAC’s 2021-2023 strategic priorities, Arts and Culture for All Manitobans, which outlines MAC’s new vision, purpose, and values. They implement recommendations of Our Way Forward: Manitoba’s Culture Policy and Action Plan, which was released in 2019.