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Festivals and Events Microgrant Program Now Available

We know our festival and event community has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in the cancellation of in-person events from April until August 31, 2020.

We want to support our normally active and vibrant festival and event industry so that citizens and visitors can once again enjoy Calgary’s community spirit by safely experiencing arts, culture, sport and recreation events.

Today we are launching a new Microgrant Program to support the additional costs events now need to cover to meet health and safety guidelines and regulations for public arts, culture, sport and recreation events that are planned for July 20 through December 31, 2020. Events can be in-person or online.

Eligible events could receive between $500 and $4,500 in support. Depending on the applications received, up to $75,000 is available.

Only non-profit organizations, charitable organizations, and Calgary Business Improvement Areas (BIA) are eligible.

Other qualifications include:

  • Events must be open to the public.
  • All provincial and City guidelines and regulations must be followed.
  • All required permissions and permits must be secured.
  • A budget with estimated revenues and expenses must be provided.
  • Microgrant must be spent according to approved eligible costs.
  • All funds must be used in 2020.
  • A report back form must be submitted within 60 days of the completion of your event.

An event advisory committee will meet every two weeks from August 3, 2020, to evaluate and award funding. The event advisory committee consists of members from the City of Calgary – Arts and Culture Division, Calgary Economic Development, Tourism Calgary, Calgary Arts Development, Sport Calgary, Calgary Sports and Major Events, Business Improvement Areas, and a member of the public.

Applications will be accepted from July 20 to November 13, 2020, for public events planned between July 20 and December 31, 2020. Apply early—the program will close November 13, 2020, or as soon as all funding is allocated.

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