Small Experiments Program

Applications currently closed

Deadline: October 31, 2016 at 4:30pm MST

The goal of this program is to provide support for those looking to develop new approaches to challenges and opportunities relevant to the work they do in the arts.

This program invests in low-risk, high-learning experiments demonstrating a clearly identified issue that needs to be addressed, a hypothesis being tested, and a method for collecting information and learning from results.


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

  • A professional artist or collective.
  • An arts-based community group.
  • A non-profit arts organization registered as a society in the province of Alberta.

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.

The following groups are ineligible for funding through the Small Experiments Program:

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

What You Can Apply For

This program offers a maximum of $5,000 to cover expenses related to a single experiment. Only one applicant per experiment may apply. The total amount of funding available through this program is $105,000.

These funds may go towards any expenses so long as you can show that they are necessary to effectively run your experiment and learn from it, including but not limited to:

  • Professional fees or wages for labour related to the experiment
  • Materials
  • Equipment
  • Travel
  • Documentation

If you have questions about any other possible expenses, please contact staff.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted using the online granting interface.

New users must set up an account to access the interface. For instructions on how to use the online grant interface, please refer to the Granting Interface Questions in our Investment Program FAQ.

If you are applying on behalf of an organization that already has an account and you would like access to it, please contact us at or 403.476.2031.

The application process will be available October 3, 2016 through our online grant interface.

All applications must be submitted through the online granting interface by October 31, 2016 at 4:30pm MST.

If a deadline extension is required, Calgary Arts Development must receive a written request before this deadline. The full Deadline Extension Policy is available here.


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Please consult the Investment Program FAQ for answers to common questions about the program. Contact the Community Investment team at or 403.476.2031 if you have further questions.