Operating Grant Program

Grant Program Categories: Arts Organizations

Operating Grant Program

Applications closed

February 28, 2024: Reporting Deadline
March – April 2024: Report approval and release of funding  

Program Overview

The Operating Grant Program provides stable, predictable funding to non-profit arts organizations in Calgary (known as Mohkinsstsis in Blackfoot). Operating Grant funds may be allocated to any area of an arts organization’s budget. The Operating Grant is confirmed on a two-year cycle for 2023 and 2024 and is not open to new applicants in 2024. Organizations currently funded through this program must submit a report by February 28, 2024 to receive their 2024 grant. 

Successful Applications & Final Reporting

Applicants will be notified of their results by email. 

Grantees will be sent an investment agreement via Docusign for their total 2023 — 2024 operating grant amount after the assessment process finishes and are required to sign and return the agreement within 30 days of receiving it in order to receive funding. 

We use electronic fund transfers to make grant payments. If your application is approved, you will be required to provide a void cheque or direct deposit form with your banking information. Please let us know if you need any help with this. 

Interim Report

Organizations will receive their 2024 operating grant after the successful completion and review of an interim report due February 28, 2024. 

  • Organization Information 
    • Contact information 
    • Mandate 
    • Organizational Structure 
    • Board List 
  • Activity Overview 
    • Upload a 1­–2-page PDF that describes activities for the fiscal year 2021—2022 fiscal year 2022 – 2023 that reflects on successes, challenges and goals of your organization. If you have submitted a similar document as part of a report to another funding organization, it may be used for the purpose of this application. 
    • Please describe how your organization has centred equity as an essential element of a healthy arts ecosystem since 2020. This may include activities related to artistic programming, governance policy, hiring practices and/or human resource management. 
  • Financial, Statistical and Programming Information 
    • Financial Form 
      • CADAC clients will submit their CADAC reporting. 
    • Statistical Form 
      • CADAC clients will submit their CADAC reporting. 
    • Financial Statements 
      • Statement of Operations and Balance Sheet for last completed fiscal year. 
      • Unaudited statements must be signed by two board members not involved in their creation. 
    • Programming Form 
  • Optional Support Material 

Final Report

The Operating Grant will complete its two-year cycle on December 31, 2024, and the program will reopen to applications in 2025. Applications submitted to the 2025 cycle will constitute reporting for the 2024 granting year. If organizations do not reapply to the 2025 program, they will be asked to submit a final report upon exiting the program. 

Successful applicants may also be invited to participate in optional surveys, research and peer-to-peer learning. Please contact grants@calgaryartsdevelopment.com with any questions about reporting requirements. 

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