Operating Grant Program

Applications Open April 13, 2020

Interim Report Deadline: March 30, 2020 4:30 pm MST
Operating Grant Increase Deadline: May 19, 2020, 4:30pm MST; Application form opens April 13, 2020

Applications and reports are accepted through the online grant interface. If this is your first time submitting reporting or an application on behalf of your organization, please contact grants@calgaryartsdevelopment.com for assistance in getting access to your organizational profile.

If you have any questions about this program please review the Operating Grant FAQs or contact Marta Ligocki, Specialist, Arts Organizations, at 403.264.5330 ext. 205 or marta.ligocki@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

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 organization’s budget and are confirmed on a yearly basis until the end of 2022.

In 2020, arts organizations in the Operating Grant Program have the opportunity to increase their total grant for the next three years. The intention is for organizations to secure stable and predictable funding that helps to address important opportunities while remaining resilient, adaptable and sustainable in the future.

The grant increase will be determined through a hybrid formula and assessment process. Once this funding is confirmed, Calgary Arts Development will work closely with arts organizations to co-design and re-imagine the investment programs for 2023 and beyond.

Please Note: Calgary Arts Development will not be offering one-time funding programs (previously known as OG+)  to Operating Grant clients in 2020. At this time, no one-time or project funding programs are planned for 2021 or 2022. This will be reviewed annually through budget considerations with The City of Calgary.

Button to read the interim report requirements

Button to read the program guidelines

Program Eligibility

At this time, Calgary Arts Development will not be offering grants to new organizations through the Operating Grant program between 2020 and 2022, pending budget confirmation from The City of Calgary. Only organizations who received operational funding through the Operating Grant or the Organizational Access Program in 2019 are eligible for this program.

Organizations who currently receive a base grant of both 33% of their overall budget and more than $10,000 will not be eligible for an increase. Please see the Program Guidelines for more information.

Program Timeline

A visualization of the 2020 Operating Grant Program assessment timeline

January – March 2020 April – June 2020 July – August 2020 Q1 2021 & 2022
Organizations in the Operating Grant program receive their base grant with the submission, review, and approval of their interim report. Organizations in the Operating Grant program will apply to increase their Operating Grant amount through a staff and peer assessment process based on the funding framework outlined in the guidelines. Notification of results and disbursement of increase.


The total grant amount (base grant + increase) is released with the submission, review, and approval of an interim report.

Please Note: The disbursement of base grants is dependent on the receipt of funds from the City of Calgary, and may not occur directly in Q1.

Accommodation and Accessibility

Our team is available to answer questions and to offer support at any time during the application process. Staff can provide feedback up to one week before application deadlines. Please contact your program specialist as early as you can to ensure they can provide the best support possible. Please see the program FAQs for answers to common questions, and contact the program specialist as early as you can to ensure they can provide the best support possible.

Calgary Arts Development is committed to open, fair and transparent processes. We will work one-on-one with applicants who experience barriers to access to develop accommodations that suit their abilities. Some examples of accommodations are:

  • Translation of written materials.
  • Interpretation for meetings.
  • Grant writing assistance.
  • Braille transcription.
  • Physical access to meeting spaces.
  • Video or audio applications.

Please contact Marta Ligocki, Specialist, Arts Organizations, at marta.ligocki@calgaryartsdevelopment.com with any questions or requests.

Reference Documents

Operating Grant Guidelines
Category Descriptions PDF
Interim Reporting
Operating Grant FAQ

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