Grant Investment Programs

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Grant Investment Programs

Calgary Arts Development is the city’s designated arts development agency, stewarding public dollars for the public good. Our grant investment programs support artists and arts organizations for the benefit of all Calgarians.

We received an additional investment of $3.2 million in 2022, which will be directed towards community investment and arts development programs focused on the recovery of the local arts sector and building the runway to resiliency. Priority areas include re-opening efforts and safe arts experiences, the development of new business models, and support for local artists.

Information about all of our funding programs can be found on the Grant Investment Programs page.

Further information, including full program guidelines and programs currently under development, will be available throughout the year. All program pages include the expected timelines and publication dates.

Virtual Town Hall

Join us online as Calgary Arts Development shares information about our 2022 grant investment programs.

The new year is fast approaching and we are excited to share information with you about our 2022 grant investment programs, including the allocation of the additional $3.2M that was recently approved by city council.

Tune in on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, from 2:00 to 3:30pm MT, when President and CEO Patti Pon and Interim Director of Community Investment Melissa Tuplin will share updates on 2022 grant investment programs and various other projects and collaborations.

The January 25 virtual town hall takes place through Zoom and will be interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL) with a live transcription available. Register at to take part.

Registering for this town hall confirms that you agree to our group agreements as amended for this meeting. Be sure to read the document before signing up.

If you have questions you would like Patti, Melissa, and the Calgary Arts Development team to think about ahead of time, please send them to There will also be an opportunity to ask questions during the event.

Grants to Arts Organizations

Organizations currently receiving operating funds through the Operating Grant Program are in the final year of their multi-year agreements, with grants released through March and April upon approval of interim reporting due February 28. Operating Grant clients will have the opportunity to apply for a one-time increase to their annual grant, intended to support the recovery of our arts sector and build the runway to resiliency. Information about this application process will be published by late February, with the application process running through the spring into early summer. The Operating Grant program is not open to new applicants in 2022.

The Organization Recovery Fund program is open to non-profit arts organizations who do not currently receive a grant through the Operating Grant Program. Organizations may apply for a one-time grant of unrestricted funds to support the recovery of our arts sector and build the runway to resiliency. Information about this application process will be published by late February. This program will run through late spring and summer.

The Project Grant for Organizations is open to non-profit arts organizations, and will run through fall and winter. Program guidelines will be published in July.

The Organization Structural Change Grant is undergoing evaluation through the first part of the year. This work will inform a re-designed program focused on structural change and the development of organizational capacity, which is expected to launch in mid-Spring 2022.

Please reach out to Marta Ligocki, Program Specialist for Arts Organizations, at with any questions about funding opportunities for arts organizations. 

Grants to Individual Artists and Artist Collectives

The Project Grant for Individuals and Collectives will run through the spring, with grant notifications expected in early summer. Program guidelines will be published in February.

The Artist Development Microgrant program is intended to provide support for professional and business development activities. Applications will be accepted in four intakes through the year, with the first intake opening in the spring. Program guidelines will be published in early March.

Please reach out to Taylor Poitras, Program Specialist for Individuals and Collectives, at with any questions about funding opportunities for artists.

Grants to Indigenous Artists, Collectives, and Organizations

The Honouring the Children program will continue in 2022. Applications to this program are accepted on an ongoing basis, and there is no deadline to apply. This program is specifically for Indigenous artists or Indigenous arts organizations who live and work on Treaty 7 territory, to support artistic projects responding to, honouring, or in memory of the loss of life, culture, ceremony, and language amongst the original peoples of this land because of the residential school system.

The Indigenous Artist Microgrant is a new program intended to support Indigenous artists living and working in the Treaty 7 region for activities and expenses related to the preservation of Indigenous culture and tradition. This program will be developed in relationship with the Indigenous Advisory Committee. Program guidelines will be published in March.

The Original Peoples Investment Program will run in fall and winter. Program guidelines will be published in August. This program is intended to support art-based projects that are supported and validated by Indigenous artists, community, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers. We recognize and support both traditional and contemporary Indigenous artists and arts practices.

Please reach out to the community investment team at with any questions about funding opportunities for Indigenous artists or organizations.

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