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Annual Operating Program for Professional Arts Organizations

The Annual Operating Program for Professional Arts Organizations (AOPPAO) program is available to professional not-for-profit arts organizations. Applicants can apply for costs involved in operating the organization, and creating, presenting or producing artistic works including artist and technician fees, venue rentals, administration cost, and travel expenses.


This program is open to all artistic disciplines served by ArtsNL (dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual arts, writing).

Definition of a professional not-for-profit arts organization: A formal organization operating in one or more of the artistic disciplines supported by ArtsNL
  • That has the creation and/or presentation of works of art as its primary activity
  • That is registered, or operates as a non-profit arts entity
  • That has a board of directors overseeing the operations of the organization
  • That has a paid artistic director, general manager, or equivalent
  • That pays artist fees at established national standards for the artistic discipline(s) and practice in which
    it operates
  • That has internal or external oversight of the organization’s finances and produces an annual
    financial statement

Residency, age, and activity requirements: Professional not-for-profit arts organizations:

  • Must have been active in Newfoundland and Labrador for a minimum of one year at the time of submitting an application
  • Must have actively engaged in professional arts activities within the last year
  • Must have at least half its board members residing in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Must have at least half its board members and artists hired be at least 18 years of age or have post-secondary standing

Annual deadline: February 15

Projects must start on/after April 15. If an application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be moved to the next business day. Seven copies of a complete application must be received at the ArtsNL office by 4:30 p.m. on the application deadline, or postmarked by the deadline date (registered mail is recommended for tracking purposes).

Program funding and maximum grant:

Program funding and maximum grant: $150,000 is available to be awarded annually. The maximum grant request is $10,000 and the minimum grant to be awarded is $1,000 (or the total amount requested if less than $1,000).

Program Guidelines:

  • Applications must be submitted on the official AOPPAO application form. Ensure you have the latest version.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.
  • Applicants are encouraged to book a meeting with program staff to discuss their application well before the application deadline.
  • Applications must be typed or hand printed.
  • Only one application per organization will be accepted per annual application deadline.
  • Applicants are expected to explore other sources of revenue. Applicants may not always be awarded the full amount requested.
  • Applicants must submit seven copies of a complete application on/before the application deadline consisting of: a completed AOPPAO application form, organizational history, a detailed activity description for the coming year, an annual budget, a list of current board members including province of residency for each individual, and resumes/bios of key participants in activities confirming their professional arts practice.
  • Applicants are encouraged to include support materials with their application. Seven copies of each item must be submitted by the application deadline. ArtsNL will not copy support materials.
  • Organizations must submit one copy of a financial statement for their last completed fiscal year by the application deadline. This document must list expenses, revenues, surplus/deficit for the last year, and accumulated surplus/deficit.
  • Retroactive applications cannot be considered. The activities you are seeking funding for cannot start before you have been notified your application has been funded by ArtsNL.
  • Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of a new application by email or phone within two weeks of the application deadline.
  • ArtsNL funding will only support travel based on the most economical route possible (i.e. the cheaper overall travel cost for driving versus flying).
  • Final reports on past ArtsNL grants must be submitted before ArtsNL will release funding for a new grant.
  • When applying for new funding from ArtsNL, an applicant is permitted to have one final report owing across all ArtsNL programs. In this instance, a final report is considered owing on any past project funded by the ArtsNL that is past the project end date listed on the application, or extended on approval of ArtsNL staff before the current application deadline. Applicants owing more than one final report across all ArtsNL programs will not be permitted to apply for further funding from ArtsNL.
  • Applicants funded through this program are not eligible to apply to the Professional Project Grants Program, or the Community Arts Program for additional funding.  (Organizations seeking to move to the Sustaining Program for Professional Arts Organizations (SPPAO) may apply to both the SPPAO and AOPPAO in year one of the SPPAO funding cycle, but if successful in the SPPAO, the AOPPAO application will be pulled.)


Applications are reviewed by a multidisciplinary peer assessment committee typically consisting of five to seven members. Decisions are reviewed and ratified by Council. Government members of Council and ArtsNL staff do
not vote.

Final report:

A final report on all projects funded by ArtsNL is typically required within three months of the project end date listed on the application form.  However, if an organization seeks new funding from ArtsNL, the final report requirements listed above will apply. A final report form is available from the ArtsNL office or website.

Forward Questions and/or completed applications to:

Ken Murphy, Program Manager
1 Springdale Street (The Newman Building)
P.O. Box 98
St. John’s , NL, A1C 5H5

Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 205
Toll Free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)
Fax: (709) 726-0619