Individual Artist Program

Applications currently closed

Phase 1 Request for Proposals – Deadline: August 6, 2019, 4:30pm MST; Opens July 1
Phase 2 Application – Deadline:
October 22, 2019, 4:30pm MST; Opens September 24 *UPDATED*

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

Download the Full Program Guidelines as a PDF Updated August 16, 2019

Program Overview

The intention of this program is to support the artist’s overall practice rather than focusing investment on distinct project outcomes or artistic outputs. We believe that removing financial barriers for artists to dedicate time, resources, and energy on their daily artistic practice creates the conditions necessary for the artist to create meaningful artistic work, experiences, and relationships within the city of Calgary.

Apply for $30,000 to support almost any aspect of your overall artistic practice between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. The total funding available is $300,000.

Information Sessions

Calgary Arts Development is offering two upcoming information sessions for the 2019 Individual Artist Program.

These sessions are open to any artist interested in applying to this program. Calgary Arts Development Community Investment staff will provide information about the program guidelines, criteria, and application process, and host a question and answer session.

If you are interested in this session but are unable to attend, please contact the Community Investment team at to schedule an alternate time to discuss the program.

Thursday, July 4, 2019, 3:15 – 5:15pm
Meeting Rooms 0-13 & 0-14, Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)

Monday, July 8, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Meeting Rooms 0-13 & 0-14, Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)

Please RSVP by Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Space is limited.

Thank you for your interest. Both sessions are now full.

Who Can Apply

This program is open to individual artists in the city of Calgary, Mohkinstsis, working in any artistic discipline at any stage of practice.

Artists funded through this program will have a clear and thoughtful relationship with their artistic practice and the communities for whom and with they make and share their work, a curious and critical awareness of their role as an artist within the city of Calgary, and demonstrate readiness to consider how their practice may transform and grow as a result of an investment in their overall work.

Selection Process

  • Criteria: Artistic Impact, Public Impact, Innovation/Learning, Planning
  • Phase 1: Request for Proposals will be assessed by a peer assessment committee.
  • Successful applicants will be invited to complete the full application in Phase 2.
  • Phase 2 will be assessed by a peer assessment committee who will make final funding recommendations.

Notification of Results, Phase 1 Request for Proposal: Late September 2019
Notification of Results, Phase 2 Application: Late November 2019


Budget Template
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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