Project Grant Program – Organizations 2023

Project Grant Program – Organizations 2023

June 20, 2023: Full guidelines published
July 4, 2023: Applications open
August 30, 2023: Application deadline (no applications accepted after 4:30pm MT)
September – October 2023: Evaluation of grants
Early November 2023: Notification of results
November – December 2023: Funds distributed
Download the Terms of Reference as a PDF

The purpose of this document is to outline the roles and responsibilities of the volunteer assessment committee for the 2023 Project Grant Program for Organizations. Committee members must review, understand, and adhere to these terms, the program guidelines and to Calgary Arts Development’s Group Agreements.

Calgary Arts Development reserves the right to adjust assessment processes and the program timeline due to application volume. Applicants and assessors will be notified if significant changes occur.

We will work one-on-one with assessors who experience barriers to access in order to develop accommodations that suit their abilities. Some examples of accommodations are:

  • Translation of written materials
  • Interpretation for meetings
  • Braille transcription

Our team is available to answer questions and to offer support at any time during the assessment process. Please contact the program specialist as early as you can to ensure they can provide the best support possible.

The specialist for this program is Perpetual Atife. She can be reached at or 403.264.5330 ext. 229.

Assessment committees will review written material and evaluate each application according to the program considerations outlined in the Project Grant — Organizations Program Guidelines.

The committee will discuss applications in a meeting facilitated by the program specialist for arts organizations. The committee’s discussion will result in a list of organizations recommended for funding. Calgary Arts Development staff will review these recommendations and finalize the funding list. Partial funding may be allocated.

Assessors are required to declare conflicts of interest according to the Conflict of Interest Policy. Calgary Arts Development thinks of conflicts of interest as close family members, people who are involved in the activity being applied for or where there is a real or perceived financial benefit. If in doubt, assessors are encouraged to talk with Calgary Arts Development staff. If a committee member has applied to the program or declared a conflict of interest, they will not assess those specific applications or be present for any discussions of those applications.

Assessors will report to Calgary Arts Development staff. All deliberations of the assessment committee as well as all records, material and information obtained by a member and not generally available to the public shall be considered confidential.

Adhering to the Confidentiality Policy, assessors shall maintain the confidentiality of their deliberations and shall safeguard such records and information from improper access.

Calgary Arts Development reserves the right to remove individuals from the process or assessment committee if they do not adhere to the terms of reference, program guidelines, group agreements, conflict of interest policy or confidentiality policy, or if their conduct is otherwise counter to the stated values and expectations of this program.

We acknowledge that the land we gather on, Mohkinsstsis, is the traditional territory of the Treaty 7 First Nations comprising the Siksikaitsitapi — the Blackfoot people — comprising the Kainai, Siksika and Piikani Nations; the Tsuut’ina Nation; and the Îyârhe  Nakoda, comprising the Bearspaw, Chiniki and Goodstoney First Nations. This land is also home to the Metis of Region 3 as well as many First Nations and Inuit peoples from across Turtle Island.

Calgary Arts Development is committed to the process of eliminating institutional racism, ableism and barriers in our programs, policies and practices by centring the creativity and leadership of those communities most impacted by structural inequities. Read our full Commitment to Equity statement on our website.

The membership of the peer assessment committees will be chosen through public nominations and staff expertise.

Anyone can ask to participate on a Calgary Arts Development assessment committee by completing the assessor nomination form or by emailing

Assessment committees are chosen to represent the broad diversity of Calgary and its artistic communities, including but not limited to: artistic discipline, gender, sexuality, age, religion, beliefs, nation, physical and neurological identities, etc.

  • Five to seven-member committees: Each program stream will be assessed by a different committee. The volume of applications received will determine the number and size of committees required.
  • Committee membership: Individual artists and arts workers with experience and knowledge from a variety of artistic disciplines and practices, who actively participate in, experience and advocate for the work of the arts community.


  • Relevant skills, experience and knowledge that will accommodate the range of applicants to be juried.
  • A generous spirit, exceptional listening skills and a willingness and ability to embrace change, complexity and different viewpoints.
  • An openness to productively and respectfully check in with bias.
  • An understanding and awareness of Calgary and region, and an insight into our social and cultural climate.
  • The respect of peers in the community.
  • The ability to function well within a committee structure.

Assessors are responsible for participating in training sessions, the full application review process, as well as any scheduled assessment meetings with the rest of the committee. Participation in each part of the assessment process is mandatory to ensure all perspectives are present throughout the process and applied fairly to each application assigned.

Assessors’ time commitment for this program is:

Week of August 13, 2023: Assessor training.

  • Participate in online training and orientation sessions, hosted by Calgary Arts Development, in preparation for the review process.

Early September – Late October 2023: Review process.

  • Review each application assigned in full.
  • Submit initial scores online in the grant interface, according to the program considerations outlined in the program guidelines.
  • Attend assessment meetings to discuss each application as a committee.
    • Assessments will likely occur remotely using online meeting tools, such as Zoom.
    • Meetings will not exceed six hours, including regularly scheduled breaks.
    • Throughout the assessment meetings, assessors will have an opportunity to update their initial scores.
  • Review the overall scores for the applicants and make final recommendations for funding.
  • Final funding decisions will be at the discretion of Calgary Arts Development staff.

November 2023 – December 2024: Experience Calgary Arts Development-funded arts events.

  • As part of your participation in the assessment process, Calgary Arts Development will provide up to two tickets anonymously on your behalf to any public events or programming that Calgary Arts Development has directly funded. This is to ensure that you’re able to experience the arts within the local community both during and after assessment. Beyond this process, we hope that you will advocate for the arts in Calgary and encourage your respective communities to participate in Calgary’s arts sector.

Calgary Arts Development will provide an honorarium to assessors as a gift to recognize their time. The honorarium will be provided to assessors after the reviewing process is completed. Assessors may be reimbursed for additional expenses related to the assessment process — please contact us to discuss.

Honorarium rates for this program are as follows:

  • Reading Fee: $10 per application
  • Meeting Fees:
    • Training and Orientation session, $100
    • Assessment Meetings, $300 per meeting

Contact Information

If you have any questions or need help completing an application, please contact Perpetual Atife, Program Specialist, at or 403.264.5330 ext. 229.

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