Operating Grant Program

Interim Report Form Open: January 11, 2022
Interim Report Deadline: February 28, 2022, 4:30pm MT
Increase Program Guidelines Published: February 22, 2022

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.

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.

Interim Report Requirements

Interim reports are reviewed by staff for completeness, accuracy, and risk according to the Fair Notice Policy. Organizations who received a Fair Notice Policy flag in 2021 will be contacted by Calgary Arts Development staff with instructions on how to provide an update on their flag conditions. Once the interim report is approved, the Operating Grant funds will be issued starting in March, pending receipt of funding from The City of Calgary.

Button to read the interim report requirements

Operating Grant Increase: Recovery & Resiliency

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 & Reconciliation, anti-racism, and equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA)

Full program guidelines and the process for this increase program will be published by February 22, 2022.

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.

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, People of Color, 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 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. 


Financial Form
Programming Form
Statistical Form


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 FAQs or contact Marta Ligocki, Specialist, Arts Organizations, at 403.264.5330 ext. 205 or marta.ligocki@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

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