Project Grant Program

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to release the full guidelines for the 2021 Project Grant Program for Individuals and Collectives. Applications open on May 3, 2021 for an June 14, 2021 deadline.

This program is intended to provide one-time project funding to individual artists and artist collectives in Calgary (known as Moh’kinsstis in Blackfoot) working in any artistic discipline who pursue a professional practice. This program is not open to arts administrators, cultural workers or registered non-profit or for-profit organizations. For a glossary of terms and more important information about eligibility, please refer to the Investment Program FAQ.

Projects may include the creation, development, production, presentation or dissemination of artistic work. Applicants may also apply for professional or career development projects.

An applicant may only apply to this program for one project or one distinct phase of a project. We will only accept one application per individual or collective, and one application per project. You may not receive more than one Calgary Arts Development grant for the same project or phase of a project. Success in this program does not affect your eligibility to apply to other Calgary Arts Development grant investment programs.

This program cannot fund projects retroactively, meaning that projects can begin before the application deadline, but projects that will be fully complete before the application deadline of June 14, 2021 are not eligible.

Projects funded through this program must be complete by December 31, 2022.

Total funding available for this program is $1,100,000.

Applicants may apply for almost any expense related to their project.

  • Individual artists may apply for up to $15,000:
    • Individual artists applying to this program must pursue a professional practice. We consider a professional artist to be an artist who is actively pursuing a career in the arts, and who has invested in the development of their artistic skills, voice, and goals. Professional artists may have formal training, have shared their work publicly, have been compensated for their work, and have a relationship with their artistic communities and peers.
    • We recognize that barriers within the arts community exist, particularly for equity seeking communities, and that there are many unique entry points into an artistic practice and career in the arts. If you are unsure, please reach out to discuss eligibility with the program specialist before applying.
  • Artist collectives may apply for up to $20,000:
    • We consider an artist collective to be two or more individual artists who work together in an ad hoc, casual or informal way, who have equal and shared ownership and accountability for the success and completion of the proposed activities. A majority of collective members must be Calgary-based artists.
    • An artist collective does not include for-profit organizations and businesses or groups that are formally registered as a non-profit society or those which intend to govern themselves like a non-profit society.

Be sure to review the full guidelines before starting your application.

If you have any questions about this program please review the Investment Program FAQ or contact  Taylor Poitras, Specialist, Individuals and Collectives Programs, at taylor.poitras@calgaryartsdevelopment.com or 403.264.5330 ext.215.

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