Operating Grant Program

Applications currently closed

Basic Reporting Final Deadline: March 31, 2019, 4:30pm MST
OG+ Deadline:
June 28, 2019, 4:30pm MST *UPDATED*
OG+ Applications Open:
April 22, 2019

If you require any accommodations that would allow you to fairly access this process, please contact 403.476.2031 or email grants@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

Download the Full Program Guidelines as a PDF Updated April 29, 2019

OG+ Deadline Change

In consultation with the organizations in the Operating Grant Program, Calgary Arts Development has decided to move the deadline for the OG+ Program up by one month in order to disburse grant funds earlier in the year.

The new program deadline will be Friday, June 28, 2019, 4:30pm MST. Results of this program assessment will now be released in September.

We also acknowledge that there were some organizations who did not want the deadline to change. If this shift will impact your ability to submit a strong application, please contact the Community Investment team at grants@calgaryartsdevelopment.com or 403.476.2031 with any questions or concerns.

Program Overview

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

Funding & Timeframe

All organizations funded through the 2018 Operating Grant Program (or transferring in from the 2015 Cornerstone Program) will have their investment agreements extended through to 2022 and will receive their 2018 amount with the submission of Basic Reporting.

Additional funding opportunities for 2020, 2021, and 2022 will be available, with full guidelines published closer to those dates.

In 2019, current Operating Grant recipients have the option of applying for an additional one-year increase to their 2018 funding levels through the OG+ sub-program:

  • Total OG+ funding pool and stream allocation will be announced pending the results of the City-Builder Program (see City-Builder Program Guidelines for more information).
  • Application and streams focused on one of the four following areas of operation:
    • Create/Develop
    • Program/Present
    • Strategy/Capacity
    • Relationships/Community

OG+ Process Overview

  • Questionnaire included in basic reporting form (online)
  • Online application
  • Specific criteria for every stream
  • Peer-led jury process

Notification of OG+ Results: September 2019


Programming Form
Financial Form
Statistical Form
Board of Directors List
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 grants@calgaryartsdevelopment.com 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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