General Operating Support

The General Operating Support Grants Program aims to provide general financial support to arts organizations in the tri county region based on their artistic excellence, proven service to the community, administrative and fiscal competence and RACC grant compliance. The General Operating Support Grants Program seeks to fund arts organizations and provide a wide range of high-quality arts programming made available to the public.

General Operating Support Deadlines

GOS Partner Organizations may submit their annual reports in any one of the annual cycles and may submit in a different cycle each year. Reports must be based on complete and finalized financial information – draft financials will not be accepted.


New Applicants – Spring 2024 Partner Reports on FY2023
For new organizations applying to become General Operating Support Partners.

  • GOS Application Guidelines for FY24 are available here
  • Due Date for New Partner applications is March 20, 2024.
  • Review the basic eligibility below and details in the linked guidelines.
  • Apply online through the RACC Opportunity Portal
  • If you have questions about applying for General Operating Support, please contact Helen Daltoso at 
For current partner organizations submitting their annual General Operating Support Report. You can download the GOS Partner Organization Reporting Guidelines on FY23. Partner organizations can report in any cycle, as soon as their financials for FY22 are complete.

  • Cycle 1 Due Date
    • Reports due Wednesday, December 13, 2023, by 5:00pm
    • Base Awards announced in late January 2024
  • Cycle 2 Due Date
    • Reports due Wednesday, February 7, 2024, by 5:00pm
    • Base Awards announced in late March 2024
  • Cycle 3 Due Date
    • Reports due Wednesday, May 8, 2024, by 5:00pm
    • Base Awards announced in late May 2024
  • Investment Awards
    • Applications will open by Wednesday, April 3, 2024 and due by the Cycle 3 due date of Wednesday, May 8th by 5:00pm. Eligible partners who report in any cycle will have access.
    • Investment Awards announced in late June 2024.

Some of the basic eligibility requirements for General Operating Support are:
  • Be an arts organization.
  • Have IRS 501(c)3 tax status.
  • Have been in existence for a minimum of three years or be the result of merging organizations with at least a three-year history each.
  • Have minimum eligible income of $75,000 for at least three years.
  • Have at least one paid professional administrative staff on payroll for at least one year.
  • Have continuous administration throughout the year.