Operating Grant Program

Deadline March 1, 2023

January 23, 2023: Full guidelines and intake timeline published
January 29, 2023: Applications open
March 1, 2023: Application deadline (no applications accepted after 4:30pm MT)
March 1 – April 30, 2023: Staff review of application, base grant funds distributed
April 1 – May 30, 2023: Evaluation of grants for increased funding
Early June 2023: Notification of results for increased funding
June 2023: Increased funding distributed

Program Overview

The Operating Grant Program provides stable, predictable funding to non-profit arts organizations in Calgary (known as Mohkinsstsis in Blackfoot). Operating Grant funds may be allocated to any area of an arts organization’s budget. The Operating Grant is confirmed on a two-year cycle for 2023 and 2024.

The Operating Grant is open to applicants who received an operating grant from Calgary Arts Development from 2020 — 2022. Organizations who were not part of the Operating Grant Program in the last cycle may apply for operational funding through the Operating Grant New Client Intake Program.

Organizations applying to the Operating Grant Program will receive the funding amount confirmed through their 2020 — 2022 investment agreement, referred to as their ‘base grant,’ upon successful submission and staff review of their application in early spring. This application constitutes the organization’s final report for the 2022 granting year.

Organizations will also be evaluated through a community assessment process for a formula-based increase to their base grant for 2023 and 2024. This process will occur in late spring.

Total funding available for this program is $7.8 million.

Need help applying? Calgary Arts Development is committed to open, fair and transparent processes. There are two policies available for anyone who may need support to apply to this program: the Accommodation & Accessibility Policy and the Application Assistance Policy. 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.

If you have any questions or need any help completing an application, please contact Marta Ligocki, Program Specialist, at marta.ligocki@calgaryartsdevelopment.com or 403.264.5330 ext.205.

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