COVID-19 Short-Term Relief Funding Guidelines Policies As announced at Calgary Arts Development’s March 25, 2020, town hall, $1.15 million was been allocated toward providing immediate relief to some of the arts organizations as well as arts and cultural workers in the most urgent need due to COVID-19 impacts. Applications for this program were closed as of the first assessment cut off date—12:00pm MDT, Wednesday, April 8, 2020—due to overwhelming demand greater than the funds available. All eligible applications received by the stated cut off for the first assessment cycle were assessed according to the published criteria and process. 133 artists were funded to a total of $170,547.17. Elephant Artist Relief also received a grant of $30,000 to distribute through their individual artist relief funds. As the entire available pool has been distributed, we were unable to reopen the application process. We acknowledge that the impact on our community due to COVID-19 is high and while we cannot support all eligible applicants, we will continue to advocate to ensure artists are supported in other ways with other levels of government funding. Stay informed. Sign up for our weekly newsletter.