Community-Run Public Art Microgrant Program

Deadline October 18, 2021

Applications Open: September 9, 2021
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until October 18, 2021, 4:30pm MT
Notifications: Results will be sent out by early December 2021
Funds: Grant money will be released beginning in December 2021
Download Program Guidelines as a PDF

Calgary Arts Development public art microgrant investment funds are provided through the Government of Alberta and The City of Calgary. We thank these funders for their generous support.

Project Overview

Recognizing that public art opportunities can come from grassroots ideas that are initiated and led by communities, Calgary Arts Development invites proposals for community-run public art projects. The program is intended to promote economic revitalization in the city of Calgary.

This opportunity is open to community-run organizations, including informal groups that define themselves in terms of distinct communities, neighborhood associations, and non-profit organizations or charitable organizations.

Community-run organizations in Calgary are invited to apply for funding to hire local artists and create public art in their neighbourhoods. Communities are required to team up with local artists at any level of experience to explore any form of public art in any part of the city.

The program seeks to inspire Calgarians and support local artists that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing an opportunity for community-initiated public art projects.

Projects must address one of the following five themes:

Foster truth & reconciliation

Learning about the truth of Canadian colonization and its ongoing impact on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.  Explore and create paths towards reconciliation and right relations with Indigenous peoples and the land.

Focus on justice, inclusion, and human dignity

Focus on ways to build connections around local and global concerns. Introduce art that reflects the diversity of the cultures, languages, and people in our communities.

Uncover little-known stories about the city or overlooked histories

Team up with artists, Indigenous Elders or historians to create a project that connects people to places and spaces in different ways. Celebrate overlooked people and events and the diversity or diverse learnings of your community. Restore or uncover names of places.

Explore stories of your community

Create and share stories of how local businesses or community organizations tell the story of where you live and what makes your community unique.

Bring beauty, joy, whimsy, and hope

Art doesn’t have to be political or serious. Introduce whimsy, surprise, and joy to your community.


This opportunity is open to community-run organizations, including informal groups that define themselves in terms of distinct communities, neighborhood associations, and non-profit organizations or charitable organizations.

We will only accept one application per group, and only 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 that have begun before the deadline of October 18, 2021, are not eligible.

Projects funded through this program must be completed by September 30, 2022.

Communities may apply for up to $10,000 to support eligible projects.

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

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Program Timeline

September 9, 2021: Applications open
October 18, 2021: Final application deadline, no applications accepted after 4:30pm MT.
October – November 2021: Evaluation of grants
Early December 2021: Notification of results
December 2021: Funds distributed
September 30, 2022: Deadline to complete projects funded through this program

A timeline for Community-Run Public Art Microgrant Program

Information Sessions

Calgary Arts Development is hosting two public art mircogrant information sessions. The purpose of these sessions is to provide more context about the microgrant programs, the specific goals, and criteria. They 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.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 4:30pm
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This session will be available online and on-demand following the live event. ASL interpretation will be available.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 6:30pm
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ASL interpretation will be available.

Accommodation & Accessibility

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 is available to provide support over the phone, through email, or through the use of audio and video platforms.

Please see Investment Program FAQ for answers to common questions, and contact Ophelia Liew, Public Art Engagement Liaison, at 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.

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

  • Translation of written materials into other languages.
  • Transcription of verbal meetings or audio and video recordings into a written document.
  • Verbal video or audio applications. If you would prefer to answer the application questions verbally you can submit an audio or video recording of yourself or our staff can help record your responses using an online platform, such as Zoom.
  • Language interpretation for phone or video meetings (Note: This will depend on the availability of external service agencies).
  • Grant writing assistance if you need help.

You may be eligible for application assistance to pay someone to help you prepare and submit an application if you need it or for any of the reasons listed below:

  • An artist who is Deaf, hard of hearing, has a disability or is living with a mental illness.
  • An artist facing language, geographic or cultural barriers.

Please contact Ophelia Liew, Public Art Engagement Liaison, at or 403.264.5330 to inquire about application assistance.

Contact Information

Please note that Calgary Arts Development staff are continuing to work remotely. For any questions about the Calgary Arts Development public art program please contact or call 403.264.5330 and leave a message for a member of the public art team to return your call.

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