Organization Structural Change Grant

Applications currently closed

Applications Open: February 8, 2021
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until November 30, 2021
Funding Envelope: $150,000 total

Program Overview

Coming out of the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Calgary Arts Development recognizes that the sector shut-down and health mandates have disproportionately impacted the arts sector and there will be difficult conversations taking place among board members and organizational leadership in the coming months.

The Organizational Structural Change (OSC) Grant is new in 2021 and the intent is that it is only available for one-year to support the transitions organizations will need to face in the coming year. Our research data indicates that there are some arts organizations that will not be financially viable due to loss of revenue, limited ability to adapt, and no reserves to support their ongoing work. There are costs to closures along with the need to preserve the artistic contributions and assets of the organization for the arts ecosystem.

The pandemic provides an opportunity for some boards to consider different organizational changes specifically around mergers, strategic partnerships, hibernations, and even organizational closure and the OSC Grant purpose is to support those decisions.

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Application Process

Applications to the OSC Grant will be reviewed by Calgary Arts Development’s leadership team as applications are submitted between February 8 and November 30, 2021.

To start the conversation, please reach out to Melissa Tuplin, Interim Director, Community Investment, at to see how Calgary Arts Development can support your organization through any of the three phases.

Applications are accepted through the online grant interface. After your conversation with the director of community investment, you will receive access to the application. If this is your first time applying to Calgary Arts Development you will need to create a profile from the login page. If you have any questions or need assistance in setting up a profile or creating an application, please contact

We also understand the need for confidentiality which is why the assessment and decision process for this grant will be done by Calgary Arts Development’s leadership team with consultation of our community investment team. We are willing to sign non-disclosures to ensure due diligence and sensitive matters are dealt with properly.

The process will be one-size-fits-one to ensure each organization has the support and resources it needs for the specific situation.


Please note that Calgary Arts Development staff are continuing to work remotely. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Melissa Tuplin, Interim Director, Community Investment, at