Organizational Access Program

Applications currently closed

Phase 1 Letter of Intent – Deadline: May 10, 2019, 4:30pm MST; Opens February 18
Phase 2 Application – Deadline:
September 9, 2019, 4:30pm MST; Opens July 1

If you require any accommodations that would allow you to fairly access this process, please contact 403.476.2031 or email

Download the Full Program Guidelines as a PDF

Program Overview

This program is intended to provide equitable access to operational funding to those organizations who were not recipients of either the Operating Grant or the Cornerstone Program in 2018.

Funding & Timeframe:

  • Minimum grants of $10,000, maximum requests of up to $50,000
  • Total Pool of Funds: $300,000

Streams: 1) Community 2) Professional

Who Can Apply

  • Non-profit arts organizations registered as societies in the Province of Alberta.
  • Un-incorporated or unregistered non-profit arts-based groups, collectives, and organizations that can at minimum demonstrate the following:
    • Effective leadership and ongoing operations for at least one year.
    • Clear lines of accountability and defined roles/responsibilities.
    • Rigorous and sustainable basic financial practices/tools.

Process Overview

  • First Phase: Letter of Intent (online) submitted and peer-assessed with successful applications provided access to full application
  • Second Phase: Full Application (online)
  • Criteria: Artistic Impact, Public Impact, Organizational Resiliency
  • Peer-led jury process

Notification of Results, Phase 1 Letter of Intent: Late June 2019
Notification of Results, Phase 2 Application: Mid October 2019

Information Sessions

Calgary Arts Development is offering two information sessions for this program.

Program staff will present an overview of the full program guidelines, provide information about how to best tell your story through the application process, and answer questions.

If you are unable to attend any of the sessions, please contact the Community Investment team at

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Main Common Room, Community Wise Resource Centre (223 12th Ave. SW)

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 11:00am – 1:00pm
MPR Room, Action Dignity (915 33rd St. NE)
Please Note: The entrance will be at the side door of the building, as the main entrance is locked over the weekend.

Thank you for your interest. Both sessions are now full.


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 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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