Original Peoples Investment Program

Applications currently closed

Deadline: March 11, 2019, 4:30pm MST
Applications Open:
January 25, 2019

If you require any accommodations that would allow you to fairly access this process, please contact 403.476.2031 or email grants@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

Download the full program guidelines as a PDF

Program Overview

The Original Peoples* Investment Program (OPIP) supports the preservation and revitalization of First Nation/Métis/Inuit (FNMI) art through arts-based projects and activities that are supported and validated by FNMI artists, community, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers.

Apply for up to $10,000 to cover almost any expense related to the project or initiative. Total funding available is $400,000.

Two Streams: 1) New Voices 2) Next Steps

Who Can Apply

First Nation/Métis/Inuit artists and collectives (demonstrating a serious dedication to artistic practice and at all stages of career), and FNMI-lead organizations, all primarily practicing/operating in the Calgary/Mohkintsis area, working in any artistic discipline (traditional and/or contemporary or other). We will only accept one application per person, and one application for a single project.

Selection Process

  • Criteria: Artistic Impact, Community Connection, Planning
  • Everyone who applies has the option of being part of the open FNMI-lead community circle selection process for deciding which projects/activities get funding.
  • Multi-day Community Circles in mid-April 2019.
  • Support and guidance from non-voting FNMI Elders and Knowledge Keepers.

Notification of Results: Late April 2019

*The name for this program was chosen by our Indigenous Artist Advisory to honour and acknowledge the people who have always called this land home.


Budget Template
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 grants@calgaryartsdevelopment.com 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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