Honouring the Children Grant

Applications: Open as of February 1, 2023 and are ongoing until funds are allocated
Deadline: There is no deadline to apply

Program Overview

This program is specifically for Indigenous artists or Indigenous arts organizations who live and work on Treaty 7 territory, to support artistic projects responding to, honouring or in memory of the loss of life, culture, ceremony and language amongst the original peoples of this land because of the residential school system.

On June 2, 2021, Calgary Arts Development made a statement announcing that we designated up to $75,000 of our ArtShare Program funds to support artistic projects in memory of the 215 children found at Kamloops Indian Residential School. That announcement can be found at calgaryartsdevelopment.com. Since that time, there have been many more discoveries of unmarked graves at residential school sites across Canada, and as efforts increase to search these sites, there will be many more to come. With the support of our Indigenous Advisory, we named the $75,000 funding pool the Honouring the Children Grant.

Applications to this program are ongoing, and there is no deadline to apply.

The application process, requirements and funding decision will be developed through conversation between program staff and applicants.

The total budget for this program is $75,000.

Need help applying? Calgary Arts Development is committed to open, fair and transparent processes. There are two policies available for anyone who may need support to apply to this program: the Accommodation & Accessibility Policy and the Application Assistance Policy. 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.

If you have any questions or need any help completing an application, please contact Morgan Possberg, Indigenous Program Specialist, at morgan.possberg@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

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