Project Grant Program

Deadline June 30, 2017

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to announce a new Project Grant Program for 2017.

The goal of this program is to support the creation of work that ensures citizens of Calgary continue to have access to meaningful, high-quality artistic experiences, investing in artistic projects that exemplify what our artistic community has to offer. The Project Grant is open to individual professional artists or collectives, and non-profit community or professional arts organizations.

For more information on this program eligibility and criteria, please review the program guidelines.

Application Opens: May 15, 2017, 9:00am MST
Application Deadline: June 30, 2017, 4:30pm MST

Information Sessions

Calgary Arts Development invites you to attend an information session for the new Project Grant Program.

The Community Investment team will present the program guidelines and criteria, provide an overview of the application process, and host a question and answer period.

If you are unable to attend these sessions, the Community Investment team will be available throughout the application process to discuss your application.

Please contact with any questions.

Space is limited. RSVP to these information sessions below.

When: Friday, May 26, 2017, 2:30 – 4:30pm or Thursday, June 8, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Where: Basement Meeting Room, Central Library (616 Macleod Trail SE)

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You may apply to this program as one of the following:

  • A professional artist (1) or collective.
  • A non-profit arts organization—community (2) or professional (3)—registered as a society in the province of Alberta.

We welcome applications from those working in all artistic disciplines and their various cultural forms, including: Indigenous arts; circus arts; curation; dance; deaf and disability arts; digital arts; literature; film and media arts; multidisciplinary practice; music and sound; theatre; and visual arts.

1) We consider a professional artist to be one who: has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions); is recognized as a professional by their peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition); is committed to devoting time to artistic activity, if possible financially; has had at least one presentation or publication within a professional context. What defines a professional context can be different for all disciplines; generally speaking this does not include: work within a degree-granting program, and presentations or publications of a university or post-secondary institution.
2) Arts organizations that primarily support, present or produce the work of non-professional artists or volunteer professional artists. Organizations that do not intend to provide standard professional artist are considered here as well.
3) Arts organizations that present or produce the work of professional artists (1) (whether emerging or established), and either provide or intend to provide standard professional artist fees.

While projects do not have to take place in Calgary, applicants must either be Calgary-based, or able to demonstrate that they consistently make significant contributions to the arts that are accessible to Calgary citizens.

Calgary Arts Development staff review all applications for eligibility. For applicants that also have non-arts-related programming or operate in areas outside of Calgary, Calgary Arts Development will determine eligibility through the applicant’s commitment to the arts and the scope of its activities within Calgary’s arts community.

Projects more than halfway complete by the time of the deadline are not eligible.


Programming Template
Budget Template


Contact the Community Investment team at 403.476.2031 or with questions or concerns.

Download guidelines as a PDF

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