Operating Grant Program


January 11, 2022: Interim report guidelines published and form opens
February 28, 2022: Interim report deadline (no submissions accepted after 4:30pm MT)
March 7, 2022: Full guidelines published
April 19, 2022: Letter of intent deadline (no applications accepted after 4:30pm MT)
May – June 2022: Presentation meetings and evaluation of grants
Early July 2022: Notification of results
July 2022: Funds distributed

Program Overview

The Operating Grant Program provides stable, predictable funding to arts organizations in Calgary. Operating Grant funds may be allocated to any area of an arts organization’s budget and are confirmed on a yearly basis upon the receipt of an interim report until the end of 2022. The interim report deadline was February 28, 2022.

At this time, Calgary Arts Development will not be offering grants to new applicant organizations through the Operating Grant Program between 2020 and 2022. The program operates on a multi-year cycle and only organizations who received notice of operational funding through the Operating Grant Program in 2020 are eligible to continue in this program. If your organization does not currently receive funding through this program, please refer to the Organization Recovery Fund and Project Grant for Organizations pages for funding opportunities.

Operating Grant Increase Program

Current Operating Grant clients will have the opportunity to apply for a one-time increase of up to $25,000 to their 2022 operating grant to support the recovery of our arts sector and build the runway to resiliency. These are not intended as relief funds. Grants will be made to organizations who demonstrate forward-looking aspirations responding to and building upon the impacts of the pandemic to ensure a vibrant, revitalized, and re-imagined arts sector for Calgarians post-pandemic.

Funding priorities include:

  • Re-opening efforts.
  • The development of new business models.
  • Attracting, restoring, and retaining jobs for artists and arts professionals.
  • Truth and Reconciliation, anti-racism, and equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA).

Organizations may request up to $25,000.

Total funding available for this program is $1,400,000.

Organizations will not be required to complete a written application for this program. Proposals will include information submitted through the interim report and a verbal presentation to the assessment committee, which will be composed of Calgary Arts Development staff and artistic and community peers.

Please refer to the program guidelines for detailed information on this process. Organizations must submit a letter of intent by April 19, 2022, indicating their intent to apply for this program. 

Button to read the program guidelines

Commitment to Equity

We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Nations—Siksika, the Piikani, and the Kainai; and also acknowledge the Beaver people of the Tsuut’ina and the Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley bands of the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, the Métis People of Region 3, and Indigenous peoples who make the Treaty 7 region their home.

As part of our responsibility to Calgarians to ensure equitable access to public funding, Calgary Arts Development is dedicated to addressing and working to eliminate institutional inequity in our programs, policies, and practices. We also acknowledge that our actions—both conscious and unconscious, past and present—have benefited some communities while limiting opportunities and outcomes for others including Indigenous communities, Black communities, persons of colour, persons with disabilities, Deaf communities, as well as persons with diverse sexual orientations or gender identities.

We envision a city where all artists have the freedom, agency and platform to share and amplify their stories, art, cultures and experiences: a city where Calgarians of all backgrounds can access, create and participate in art as part of their everyday lives.

To that end, Calgary Arts Development’s community investment team is accountable to ensuring that lines of communication are welcoming, clear, and open, and that the scoring process is fair and deeply considerate. We will work one-on-one with applicants who experience barriers to access, in order to develop accommodations that suit their unique abilities and situations and continually seek to learn and address inequities in our programs and processes.

Need Help Applying?

We recognize that barriers within the arts community exist, particularly for equity seeking communities, and that there are many unique entry points into an artistic practice and career in the arts. If you are unsure about eligibility, please reach out to discuss this with the program specialist before applying.

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

Please see the Investment Program FAQ for answers to common questions, and contact the program specialist 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.

There are two policies available for potential applicants who may need accommodations or assistance to apply to this program such as translating program guidelines and applications. These policies are available to potential applicants even if they decide not to apply to the program.

  • An Accommodation & Accessibility Policy is available for potential applicants who experience barriers to access, to develop accommodations that suit their abilities and situations.
  • The Application Assistance Policy provides financial support for eligible applicants to alleviate some of the costs associated with preparing and submitting an application.


Accommodation & Accessibility Policy
Application Assistance Policy
Deadline Extension Policy
Disclosure of Grant Information Policy
Fair Notice Policy


Please note that Calgary Arts Development staff are continuing to work remotely. If you have any questions about this program please review the Investment Program FAQ or contact Marta Ligocki, Specialist, Arts Organizations, at 403.264.5330 ext. 205 or marta.ligocki@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

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