May 25, 2020 Operating Grant Increase Applications are now open for Operating Grant funding increases. Be sure to submit your application via the online grant interface before 4:30pm MDT on July 6, 2020. In recognition of the impact, uncertainty, instability, and changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations will now be asked to reflect on the program criteria through the lens of their current state, share frankly about how they have adapted their operational and programmatic approaches, and their current plan and strategy for moving forward. In the Operating Grant program, the question of strong organizational sustainability and resiliency is one that considers an organization’s capacity to adapt and respond to its environment. Though the context in which investment decisions for the multi-year increases are being made has changed, the intention of the investment has not. How an organization understands its role in the arts sector and makes decisions demonstrates its capacity to continue contributing to a vibrant, vital city. Though organizations will not be ‘punished’ for the loss of programming and revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will be asked to provide up-to-date financial and programming information for the current fiscal year, as well as forecasts and plans for the future. This will allow the assessment committees to understand the current context in which organizations are making decisions and setting goals. The pool for increases is now $2,500,000, as $500,000 from this program was redirected to short-term organizational relief. With that amount, the likelihood of any organization receiving the top end of their originally published range is extremely low. However, we believe that organizations should still be given the opportunity to make a case for strength and merit and compete for the top of their range. We have expanded the potential ranges to start from the organization’s current base amount up to the top of each category range. The originally published ranges will be used as the target for grant amounts, but this will allow greater flexibility in applying the proportional distribution formula across the top scoring to the lowest scoring organizations and recognize organizations who make the most exceptional case for increased funding. This will also allow a degree of ‘one-size-fits-one’ negotiation that may be necessary to recognize the unique and unprecedented circumstances arts organizations find themselves in. For more information about the grant allocation process, please see the program guidelines. We strongly recommend that organizations plan for the low end of their category target range until final notification of this program’s results. Applications are accepted through the online grant interface. If this is your first time submitting an application on behalf of your organization, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in getting access to your organizational profile. If you have any questions about this program please review the Operating Grant FAQs or contact Marta Ligocki, Specialist, Arts Organizations, at 403.264.5330 ext. 205 or email@example.com. Stay informed. Sign up for our weekly newsletter.