City-Builder Program

Applications Open March 11, 2019

Deadline: April 29, 2019, 4:30pm MST
Applications Open:
March 11, 2019

If you require any accommodations that would allow you to fairly access this process, please contact 403.476.2031 or email

Download the Full Program Guidelines as a PDF

Program Overview

The City-Builder Program is intended to identify and provide operational funding to a cohort of organizations that represent the diversity of artistic communities in Calgary, Mohkinstsis and are poised to take a leadership role in how arts and culture contribute to the overall vitality of our city. These organizations will be chosen for their demonstrated dedication and excellence in building community through the arts at a city- and macro-community scale, fostering reciprocal collaborations and partnerships both within the arts and across sectors.

Funding & Timeframe

The City-Builder cohort will comprise up to eight organizations that will receive an annual operating grant investment from 2019 through 2022.

To determine the appropriate funding request level for your organization, it will be imperative for any organizations applying to the City-Builder Program to speak with Calgary Arts Development community investment staff prior to March 11, 2019.

Successful applicants will be expected to work closely with the Calgary Arts Development leadership team, other civic partners, and community builders through the four-year cycle on goals related to how the arts contribute to an overall city vitality.

Who Can Apply

Any non-profit arts organization registered as a society or charity in Alberta. All applicants to the program must make arrangements to first meet with program staff prior to March 11, 2019.

Process Overview

  • Online application
  • Criteria: Arts-led City Building, Engagement/Relationships, Organizational Resilience/Capacity, Adaptive Capacity
  • Peer-led jury process

Notification of Results: Late June 2019


Programming Form
Financial Form
Statistical Form
Board of Directors List
Program Guidelines


Read the program guidelines carefully before beginning your application. Download them as a PDF by clicking here.

Please refer to the Investment Program FAQs or contact the Community Investment team at 403.476.2031 or with any questions.


We would like to acknowledge the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, including the Siksika, Piikani, Kainaiwa, Tsuut’ina, and Stoney Nakoda First Nations.

We acknowledge that the city of Calgary is situated on lands where the Bow River meets the Elbow, and that the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is Mohkinstsis and the Michif Cree name is Ohtuskwan.

We also acknowledge that the city of Calgary is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland.

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