The goal of the New Client Induction Grant Program is to invest in organizations that are eligible, but not currently funded through Calgary Arts Development’s Operating Grant Program. Priority is given to diverse[i] and emerging[ii] organizations that demonstrate high artistic[iii] and public impact[iv] while maintaining sound organizational resiliency[v].
A dedicated program for new clients enables Calgary Arts Development to plan for the future more effectively, while at the same time investing in organizations that often represent the next generation of artistic practice. The program also serves as a knowledge-building exercise for CADA, enhancing the ability to measure and communicate the impact of the arts on the long-term success of Calgary. Read the full press release here. For more details about the grant program, please download and review the guidelines and sample application.
Guidelines and Sample Application
How To Apply
DEADLINE: 4:30PM, THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012
You must first register your organization by clicking on "Create New Account" on the main log on page of the grant interface (link to the grant interface is above). Use the Guide to On-Line Granting to help you navigate the system. If you require assistance with registering, please contact Calgary Arts Development by phone at 403-476-2031 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required Forms and Downloads:
The template forms below are required to complete your online application.
- Posted September 8th, 2010
The Community Spirit Program 2010-11 donation grant is now open. The application deadline is December 31, 2010. Visit the program website at www.communityspiritprogram.ca for the updated program guidelines, application, frequently asked questions, toolkit, information sessions, etc.
New Online Process - Organizations are encouraged to submit the donation grant application and final report through the new online system.
To access the system, phone the program office by Friday, December 17, 2010 to be set up with a user id and password. For maximum technical support, organizations are encouraged to begin the online application process as soon as possible. The program guidelines contain additional information.
Information Sessions - Once again, Information Sessions will be scheduled throughout the province. Some sessions will be delivered via videoconferencing, and some will be 'live' sessions. Click on 'Information Sessions' for complete details about a session taking place near you. Please note: Additional sessions will be added throughout the fall, so keep checking the program website for updates.
Maximum Grant over three years - The maximum grant available over three years is $50,000. We are now entering the third year of the program, so some organizations have reached the maximum $50,000 cap. As a result, they cannot apply in 2010-11. If your organization falls in this category, watch the program website in September, 2011 for details about the donation grant.
2009-10 Final Report - If your organization received a donation grant earlier this spring, don't forget to complete the 2009-10 Final Report. The report is due no later than May 1, 2011.
Thank you for your interest in the Community Spirit Program.
PROPOSAL DEADLINE: 4:30PM, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2013
Guidelines and Sample Proposal
How to Complete the Online Proposal
If you are a new applicant: You must first register your organization by clicking on "Create New Account" on the main log on page of the grant interface (link to the grant interface is listed above). If you require assistance with registering, please contact Calgary Arts Development by phone at 403-264-5330 or by email at email@example.com.
If you are a returning applicant: If your organization has applied to any of Calgary Arts Development's granting programs you are considered a returning client and can access your account by entering your UserID and Password. If you forgot your password, click on the “Forgot Your Password? Click Here” button. If you have been an applicant to any of our granting programs in the past, your UserID is the email address of the individual who previously applied on behalf of your organization. If you have recently changed your granting contact or forget your UserID and require it to be updated, please contact Calgary Arts Development by phone at 403-264-5330 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will help you update your account. Do not create a new account. You will not have access to your application history if a new account is created.
Download the Guide to Online Granting to assist you in completing your application online. You will be required to complete a number of attachments to be uploaded throughout the online application. This guide provides step-by-step instructions to help you register your organization into the Calgary Arts Development online database, upload the required forms, and submit your completed application.
We are ready to work with you to ensure that the application process is as straightforward as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if you encounter any difficulties at 403-264-5330 or email@example.com. We are here as a resource to help you navigate the application process.
Required Forms and Downloads
- Process Details
- Funding Approvals Road Map
- Reclaiming Calgary's Cultural Identity: Arts Spaces Strategy and Capital Plan (2007)
- The Current State of Cultural Spaces for the Arts in Calgary (2007)
- The City of Calgary Triple Bottom Line Policy
- The City of Calgary 2020 Sustainability Direction
- Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) Guidelines
- Review of MSI Guidelines re: NPO-Owned Buildings
- Call for Assessors
View the video, Leading with Culture: Building the Extraordinary to see a vision of Calgary with an increased focus on cultural value through arts and culture spaces.
On these pages you will find information on how to apply for funding through Calgary Arts Development, news and updates about our programs, logos you can use to recognize the support of The City of Calgary through Calgary Arts Development if you have received a grant, and more information about the groups we fund.
Calgary Arts Development is responsible for a number of Community Investment Programs. Here is a current listing of the programs we administer:
InvestYYC - Updated Guidelines and Application Available
InvestYYC is a crowdfunding website exclusively for Calgary-based artists and arts organizations to raise funds, find volunteers and generate awareness. Developed as a legacy project of Calgary 2012 for Calgary's year as a Cultural Capital of Canada, the goal of the program is to provide a local, arts-focused opportunity for crowdfunding that allows Calgarians to invest both time and money into projects happening and created in our city.
New Client Induction Grant Program - Deadline was March 15, 2012
The goal of the New Client Induction Grant Program is to invest in organizations that are eligible, but not currently funded through Calgary Arts Development’s Operating Grant Program. Priority is given to diverse and emerging organizations that demonstrate high artistic and public impact while maintaining sound organizational resiliency.
A dedicated program for new clients enables Calgary Arts Development to plan for the future more effectively, while at the same time investing in organizations that often represent the next generation of artistic practice. The program also serves as a knowledge-building exercise for CADA, enhancing the ability to measure and communicate the impact of the arts on the long-term success of Calgary.
- Read more about the New Client Induction Grant Program
- Read the Press Release
- List of 2012 Grant Recipients
Remarkable Experience Accelerator - Applications Currently Closed
The goal of the Remarkable Experience Accelerator is to enhance the emerging story of Calgary as a cultural hotbed and give people even more reasons to visit Calgary as leisure travelers. This partnership will invest up to $825,000 (Destination Marketing Fund DMF) over three years to accelerate medium to long-term (at least two years) plans for remarkable downtown arts experiences.
The fund is intended to provide risk capital for applicants to enhance and/or build on an existing initiative or program and is not intended to fund single-time programs, projects or events. The program will place a premium on downtown activity that occurs over long weekends or during the months of January, February or August. Successful applicants will enter into a partnership with Calgary Arts Development for their proposed initiative and vision and will work closely in partnership with CADA to create the best possible conditions for success.
Applicants may be organizations, groups or committees who operate under non-profit or for-profit models and demonstrate a strong contribution to the economic and cultural vibrancy of Calgary's downtown core. Letters of Intent to participate in the program will be received on an invitation-only basis and on a rolling deadline schedule. Interested parties must contact CADA program staff to discuss their initiative and the suitability of being invited to prepare an initial letter of intent.
The Remarkable Experience Accelerator is not currently accepting applications. Interested parties are requested to contact Patti Pon, Director of Resource Development for Calgary Arts Development at 403-264-5330 ext.103 to discuss the initiative and future application intakes.
- Read the Remarkable Experience Accelerator Program Guidelines
- Review the Remarkable Experience Accelerator Eligibility Criteria
artsVest Calgary - Deadline was April 30, 2012
artsVest Calgary is a sponsorship training and matching incentive program of Business for the Arts, delivered in Calgary in partnership with Calgary Arts Development and with funding from Canadian Heritage and the City of Calgary through Calgary Arts Development. The goal of artsVest is to help develop new, mutually beneficial partnerships between businesses and arts organizations. artsVest Calgary will support non-profit arts organizations with annual budgets under $1million. Program participants will go through an intensive series of four sponsorship training workshops throughout the course of the year and will have matching incentive funds reserved for them (from $1,000 – $15,000) , which they must then match with a sponsorship(s) from the local business.
For more information on the artsVest program across Canada please visit the artsVest website.
Hear from some of the Ontario 2010 artsVest participants and their business partners in the artsVest video.
Here is a list of the organizations participating in artsVest Calgary 2011.
Operating Grant Program - OGP - Deadline is Friday February 15, 2013 at 4:30pm
The Operating Grant Program invests annually in Calgary based, non-profit organizations driven by an arts mandate, with priority given to organizations that demonstrate high artistic and public impact while maintaining sound operations. The goal of the Operating Grant Program is to ensure that Calgary arts organizations have the opportunity to flourish in an environment with a stable base of resources.
Here is a list of organizations funded through our Operating Grant Program.
Fair Notice Policy:
This policy helps achieve the goal of the Operating Grant Program by ensuring that organizations that receive annual funding from CADA do not see considerable fluctuations in their grants in any single assessment year. The policy also creates a platform to measure and record any risks evident within the Operating Grant Program's portfolio and encourages organizations to work with CADA to create strategies that address any concerns of the assessment panel.
Download a copy of the full policy here.
Cultural Space Investment Process - CSIP - Deadline for LOIs is Friday, November 2, 2012
The Cultural Space Investment Process (formerly the Art Space Investment Process) is a capital project evaluation process established by Calgary Arts Development to inform City Council and the municipality of priorities for community-led, cultural infrastructure projects. CSIP 2013 will accommodate facility proposals at an advanced stage of readiness that enable a broad range of arts, culture and heritage activity throughout the city. As an initial assessment stage, CSIP recognizes projects that demonstrate a compelling vision, advanced readiness, strong feasibility and sustainability (social, economic, and environmental).
Not-for-profit organizations with capital space projects in arts and/or culture may submit project proposals to be recommended by Calgary Arts Development to The City of Calgary for up to 25% of the project's total costs. In 2008, City Council earmarked 5% of the province's $3.3 billion infrastructure contribution for arts and cutural space projects in the city. This amounts to $165 million in civic funding over the next 10 - 12 years for arts and culture spaces. A large portion of this support will be directed towards projects brought forward by Calgary Arts Development through CSIP.
Event Stimulus Program - ESP (Program unavailable for 2012)
Developed by The City of Calgary and administrated by Calgary Arts Development, the Event Stimulus Program is part of The City's Festival and Event Policy adopted in 2010. The Policy recognizes that festivals and events enhance the quality of life in Calgary and are an essential element in creating complete communities. The overall goal of the Event Stimulus Program is to increase both the quantity and quality of festivals and events in Calgary.
Contact Community Investment:
If you have any questions about our programs, please feel free to contact Calgary Arts Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403.476.2031.
Funding for Calgary Arts Development's granting programs is provided by the City of Calgary, which currently allocates approximately $3.75 million annually in funding for the arts. If you have received funds from Calgary Arts Development, please ensure you recognize both Calgary Arts Development and the City of Calgary in all of your promotional materials. Whenever possible, logos for the City of Calgary and Calgary Arts Development should be placed side by side to recognize that funding has been provided by the City of Calgary through Calgary Arts Development.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com or call the office at 264-5330.
Calgary Arts Development Logos
Before applying the Calgary Arts Development logo, please review our logo usage guidelines.
The City of Calgary Logos