Grant Investment Programs

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Grant Investment Programs

In alignment with Calgary Arts Development’s Strategic Framework, the 2020 grant investment programs contribute to fostering a sustainable and resilient arts sector through grant investments to arts organizations and artists living and working in Calgary (known as Mohkinstsis in Blackfoot).

These programs will allow us to identify and work towards reducing barriers to engagement with Calgary Arts Development’s investment and arts development programs, and acknowledge and support art and artists from diverse and equity seeking communities.

The community investment team is working to embed program evaluation into every stage of the investment process. The team will be actively seeking conversations and relationships within the arts sector in order to further understand and serve the needs of the community. Program evaluation allows us to better tell the story of the impact of the arts in our communities, and to design relevant investment programs that reflect artists and organizations in the city.

Calgary Arts Development programs are assessed by peer committees of artists and artistic community members. If you are interested in serving as a peer assessor, or would like to nominate someone, please complete the Assessor Nomination Form.

Important Changes to 2020 Programs

The Individual Artist Program will not be offered in 2020.

The Organizational Access Program will not be offered in 2020.

  • Organizations who are not currently funded through Calgary Arts Development’s Operating Grant Program may apply to the Project Grant for Organizations.
  • Program offerings in 2021 and 2022 are pending City of Calgary budget confirmation.

The OG+ Program will not be offered in 2020.

  • The Operating Grant Program has been redesigned, focusing grant investment on increasing operational funding amounts.

If you have any questions about the investment programs and our evaluation work for 2020 and beyond, please contact Melissa Tuplin, Community Investment and Capacity Manager, at

Grants to Arts Organizations

Operating Grant

  • Open only to organizations who received funding from this program in 2019.
  • Calgary Arts Development will not be accepting applications from new organizations in 2020.
  • Interim Reporting Open: Currently open
  • Interim Reporting Deadline: March 30, 2020
  • Operating Grant Increase Applications Open: April 13, 2020
  • Operating Grant Increase Deadline: May 18, 2020

Project Grant Program – Organizations

  • Open only to arts organizations who do not receive funding through the Operating Grant Program.
  • Guidelines for this program will be published by May 4, 2020.
  • Proposals Open: May 11, 2020
  • Proposal Deadline: June 15, 2020

Please contact Marta Ligocki, Specialist, Arts Organizations, at with any questions about these programs.

Grants to Indigenous Artists and Organizations

Original Peoples Investment Program

  • Open only to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists and artist collectives and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit led arts organizations.
  • Community Circle and Information Session: February 8, 2020
  • Applications Open: January 7, 2020
  • Application Deadline: March 9, 2020

Please contact Sable Sweetgrass, Specialist, Indigenous Programs, at with any questions about this program.

Grants to Individual Artists and Collectives

Project Grant Program – Individuals and Collectives

  • Open to artists working in any discipline, at any stage of practice.
  • Guidelines for this program will be published by March 30, 2020.
  • Proposals Open: April 6, 2020
  • Proposal Deadline: May 11, 2020

Please contact Taylor Poitras, Specialist, Individuals and Collectives, at with any questions about this program.

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