Guidelines Released: Original Peoples Investment Program

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Guidelines Released: Original Peoples Investment Program

The full guidelines for the Original Peoples Investment Program for 2024 are now available. Applications open on July 3, 2024, and the deadline to apply is September 18, 2024.

The Original Peoples Investment Program (OPIP) supports the development, preservation and revitalization of First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) art through art-based projects that are supported and validated by FNMI artists, community, Elders and Knowledge Keepers. We recognize and support both traditional and contemporary Indigenous artists and arts practices. This program is developed and validated annually with the support of our Indigenous Advisory Committee.

Projects can begin before the application deadline, but they cannot be fully completed before the application deadline of September 18, 2024. Projects funded through this program must be completed by March 18, 2026.

Individual artists may apply for up to $20,000, artist collectives may apply for up to $25,000, and Indigenous arts organizations may apply for up to $30,000.

Total funding available for this program is $650,000.

How To Apply?

We accept applications through an online grant platform. If you don’t already have an account with us, you will need to create an account and set up your user profile before you can apply.

The application form for this program will become available in the online grant platform in July 2024. You will find it under ‘Open Opportunities’ when you login.

Please note: individual artists must apply using their individual account, artist collectives must apply using their collective account and arts organizations must apply through their organizational account. These must be distinct accounts that use a unique email address when registering.

Please contact for help with any questions or technical issues.  

If you have questions, please contact either of the program specialists responsible for this program, Richelle BearHat at or 403.264.5330 ext. 125, or Morgan Possberg at or 403.264.5330 ext. 230 as soon as possible. Staff can provide feedback on your application up to 10 business days before application deadlines.

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