Calgary Arts Emergency Resiliency Fund

Applications currently closed

Through a targeted partnership with The City of Calgary, Calgary Arts Development has been allocated $1 million of The City’s overall $5 million Emergency Resiliency Fund to support our increased demand for grants from arts organizations in Calgary. As a result, Calgary Arts Development will provide one-time support to arts organizations who have been negatively impacted by the economic downturn and global events.

The Calgary Arts Emergency Resiliency Fund has been created in order to ensure that Calgarians continue to enjoy the benefits of, and have access to, a strong local arts community.

This program is open to all organizations who receive funding from Calgary Arts Development through the Cornerstone program or who applied to the 2016 Operating Grant Program or Organizational Opportunity Grant Program. 

Arts organizations who are not funded or applicants through one of these programs are not eligible for this fund, but may wish to apply directly to The City of Calgary’s Emergency Resiliency Fund.

Application Deadline: May 20, 2016 at 4:30pm MST


To be eligible for the Calgary Arts Emergency Resiliency Fund, an organization must:

  • Operate under an arts mandate.
  • Be registered as a non-profit organization, corporation or society in the Province of Alberta.
  • Maintain operations through the whole or majority of the year.
  • Maintain a significant amount of activities that support Calgary artists or are accessible to Calgary citizens.
  • Be receiving investment from Calgary Arts Development in 2016 through the Cornerstone Program or have applied to the Operating Grant Program or Organizational Opportunity Grant Program in 2016.

The following groups are ineligible for investment through this program:

  • Political, trade union or fraternal lodge organizations.
  • Degree- and diploma-granting educational institutes such as colleges and universities.
  • Organizations that receive Emergency Resiliency Funding directly from The City of Calgary.

Calgary Arts Development staff review all applications for eligibility. Eligible applications will be assessed by an independent, arms-length committee.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted using the online granting interface here. If you have any questions about how to access your organization’s account, please contact Beth at or 403.264.5330 ext. 116.

The application process will be available April 22, 2016 through our online grant interface. All applications must be submitted through the online granting interface by May 20, 2016 at 4:30pm MST. If a deadline extension is required, Calgary Arts Development must receive a written request before this deadline. See the full Deadline Extension Policy for more information.


Contact Beth at or 403.264.5330 ext. 116 if you have any further questions.

With this fund being open to more than 150 arts organizations, we anticipate that the demand for assistance will likely exceed the total amount available.

The arts play an important role in diversifying our economy, shaping our identity, inspiring our youth, building our city, and providing opportunities for Calgarians to make connections. We thank The City of Calgary for their ongoing support of the arts sector and, specifically, for allocating a portion of their one-time Emergency Resiliency Funds to support Calgary Arts Development’s increased demand for grants for the arts organizations in Calgary during this economic downturn.