Downtown Activation Subsidy 2023

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Downtown Activation Subsidy 2023

Calgary Downtown Association

Do you have an awesome idea to activate public spaces in our downtown? Calgary Downtown Association (CDA) is seeking proposals from local businesses, individuals and organizations to activate downtown for the months of June to September 2023.

CDA will provide funding of $1,000 –  $10,000 for approved projects. All proposed activations should be free to attend and family friendly. Activations can include: art displays, culture, music, dance, fitness, environmental initiatives, community and workshops.

Proposed activations should be suitable for one of the following venues:

  • Stephen Avenue (8th Ave. downtown between 1st St. SE and 3rd St. SW)
  • Century Gardens
  • Harmony Park
  • Olympic Plaza
  • Outdoor surface parking lot

Funding recipients will be responsible for:

  • All logistical planning, coordinating and implementation — you oversee managing all aspects of your event.
  • Formal hazard assessment (we can supply template).
  • Incident response plan (we can supply template).
  • Marketing the activation.
  • A budget (we can provide template).
  • $2 million in general liability insurance.
  • Tracking and reporting attendance.
  • A post activation report must be sent upon completion of your activation.

Applications will be accepted until April 21, 2023.

For more details and to apply, visit

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