Artist Development Microgrant

Deadline November 7, 2022

March 7, 2022: Full guidelines and intake timeline published
March 14, 2022: Applications open
May 2, 2022: Intake one application cut-off
July 4, 2022: Intake two application cut-off
September 6, 2022: Intake three application cut-off
November 7, 2022: Intake four application cut-off

Applications must be submitted by 4:30pm MT on the cut-off date to be assessed in that intake.

Update: May 2022

Due to an extremely high volume of applications received in the first intake to this program, changes have been made to the application assessment, notification, and fund disbursement timelines. In order for program assessors to fairly and effectively review and evaluate applications, notification of results will now occur within six weeks of the cut-off date. 

Please review the When Should You Apply section of the program guidelines for the new timeline.

Program Overview

This program is intended to support professional and business development activities for individual artists and artist collectives. The goal of the program is to contribute to the skills and knowledge required to advance artists’ careers and develop artistic practices in Calgary (known as Mohkínsstsisi in Blackfoot).

Individual artists may apply for up to $5,000. In response to the high volume of requests we have received to this program, the total pool of funding available through this program has been increased to $400,000.

We will accept applications in four intakes throughout the year. 

Please refer to the Who Can Apply and What Can You Apply For sections for further information about eligible applicants and projects. 

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Information Session

Applying to the Artist Development Microgrant? Calgary Arts Development is pleased to offer this on-demand online information session originally held on Zoom in 2022.

The purpose of this session is to provide more context about the Artist Development Microgrant, its specific goals and criteria. It will also provide some approaches, examples, and questions that might be helpful to consider when determining if you will apply and how best to do so.

Commitment to Equity

We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Nations—Siksika, the Piikani, and the Kainai; and also acknowledge the Beaver people of the Tsuut’ina and the Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley bands of the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, the Métis People of Region 3, and Indigenous people who make the Treaty 7 region their home.

As part of our responsibility to Calgarians to ensure equitable access to public funding, Calgary Arts Development is dedicated to addressing and working to eliminate institutional inequity in our programs, policies, and practices. We also acknowledge that our actions—both conscious and unconscious, past and present—have benefited some communities while limiting opportunities and outcomes for others including Indigenous communities, Black communities, persons of colour, persons with disabilities, Deaf communities, as well as persons with diverse sexual orientations or gender identities. 

We envision a city where all artists have the freedom, agency and platform to share and amplify their stories, art, cultures and experiences: a city where Calgarians of all backgrounds can access, create and participate in art as part of their everyday lives. 

To that end, Calgary Arts Development’s community investment team is accountable to ensuring that lines of communication are welcoming, clear, and open, and that the scoring process is fair and deeply considerate. We will work one-on-one with applicants who experience barriers to access to develop accommodations that suit their unique abilities and situations and continually seek to learn and address inequities in our programs and processes. 

Need Help Applying?

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 about eligibility, please reach out to discuss this with the program specialist before applying.

Calgary Arts Development is committed to open, fair, and transparent processes. If you have any questions, want feedback on your application or if it’s your first time applying, please don’t hesitate to contact us for support. While we may not be able to meet in person at this time, our team will be available to provide support over the phone, through email, or through the use of audio and video platforms.

Please see the Investment Program FAQ for answers to common questions, and contact the program specialist as early as you can to ensure they can provide the best support possible. Staff can provide feedback on your application up to one week before application deadlines.

There are two policies available for potential applicants who may need accommodations or assistance to apply to this program such as translating program guidelines and applications. These policies are available to potential applicants even if they decide not to apply to the program. 

  • An Accommodation & Accessibility Policy is available for potential applicants who experience barriers to access, to develop accommodations that suit their abilities and situations. 
  • The Application Assistance Program provides financial support for eligible applicants to alleviate some of the costs associated with preparing and submitting an application. 
Who Can Apply?

This program is open to individual artists and individuals who work in artist collectives. Please note that this program cannot accept individual applications from arts administrators or cultural workers. This program cannot support registered not-for-profit organizations or registered for-profit corporations or businesses. 

For a glossary of terms and more important information about eligibility, please refer to the Investment Program FAQ.

  • An applicant may only apply for one opportunity or phase of development.
  • We will only accept one application per individual or collective. 
  • You may not receive funding from more than one Calgary Arts Development program for the same project or phase of a project. 
  • You may not apply to this program if you have final reports past their due date for prior grants.
  • Applicants who are not successful in their application may apply for the next intake. You may only receive 1 Artist Development Microgrant per year.
  • Beginning in January 2023, you may not have more than four open grants with Calgary Arts Development, including grants for which a deadline extension has been approved. A request for an exception to this eligibility requirement must be submitted in writing and in discussion with the Program Specialist. Applicants are encouraged to take this policy into consideration when planning their applications in 2022. 
What Can You Apply For?

This program can fund activities related to the development of an artist’s professional artistic practice and career. This program cannot fund activities primarily focused on the creation and production of artistic work.

Eligible activities may include:

  • Artistic skill development through training, mentorship, experimentation, etc.
  • Business development including knowledge building in entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, etc. 
  • Career development including the development of platforms to share and sell work, the development of audiences and artistic networks, etc.

Activities funded through this program must be completed within six months of grant notification. 

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through our online grant interface. The application form will be available on the date the program opens. Applicants must create a user profile in order to apply. Artist collectives and organizations must create a profile that is separate from their individual account in the grant interface and apply through their collective or organization account.

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Accommodation & Accessibility Policy
Application Assistance Policy
Deadline Extension Policy
Disclosure of Grant Information Policy


Please note that Calgary Arts Development staff are continuing to work remotely. If you have any questions about this program please review the Investment Program FAQ or contact

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