Cornerstone Program

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The Cornerstone Program provides stable investment in arts organizations that play an integral role in sustaining Calgary’s overall arts ecosystem. Because of their size and scale, contribution to their discipline and history of ongoing engagement with Calgarians, these organizations are civic institutions enriching the artistic and creative vibrancy of Calgary.

Calgary Arts Development developed the Cornerstone Program in 2015 to complement the redesigned Operating Grant Program.

Program Goal

Along with our Operating Grant Program, the goal of the Cornerstone Program is to ensure that Calgary arts organizations have the opportunity to excel and strategically achieve their mandates with a stable base of resources.

The Cornerstone Program is on a four-year cycle from 2015 to 2018. For information on how this program was assessed, please refer to the 2015 Cornerstone Program Guidelines.

As a result of the Cornerstone Bridge Funding Program directed by The City of Calgary in 2017, Calgary Arts Development is working with the Cornerstone organizations and other community members to develop a Sustainability Framework. This framework will be presented to The City of Calgary in Q2 2018.

The Cornerstone Program will reopen for assessment in 2019.

2018 Reporting Requirements

Existing clients in the Cornerstone Program must provide an interim report by March 31, 2018. Please refer to the Cornerstone Program Guidelines for further information about reporting requirements.


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