Original Peoples Investment Program

Deadline April 19, 2021

Applications Open: March 15, 2021
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until April 19, 2021 at 4:30pm MT
Notifications: Results will be sent out by late May 2021
Funds: Grant money will be released beginning in June 2021

Program Overview

The Original Peoples Investment Program (OPIP) supports the preservation and revitalization of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) art through art-based projects that are supported and validated by FNMI artists, community, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers. We recognize and support both traditional and contemporary Indigenous artists and arts practices.

An applicant may only apply for one project or one phase of a project. This program cannot fund activities retroactively, meaning projects which will be fully completed before the deadline of April 19, 2021 are not eligible. Projects funded through this program should be done by July 31, 2022.

Total funding available for this program is $550,000. Applicants may apply for almost any expense related to their project.

  • Individual artists may apply for up to $15,000.
  • Artist collectives may apply for up to $20,000.
    • We consider an artistic collective to be two or more artists who work together in an ad hoc, casual, or informal way, who have equal and shared ownership and accountability for the success and completion of the proposed activities; A group which is not formally registered as a non-profit society, or which does not intend to govern itself like a non-profit society.
  • Non-profit arts organizations may apply for up to $25,000.
    • An arts organization is a company whose primary mandate is the creation, preservation, development, education, or sharing of artistic work. Organizations may be formally registered as non-profit societies or charities, or may operate as a community-based arts groups with ongoing programming and demonstrated governance and financial management.

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Program Eligibility

This program is open to First Nations/Métis/Inuit artists and collectives and FNMI-led and FNMI-centred organizations practicing/operating in the Treaty 7 Calgary region, and to Treaty 7 Nations artists practicing/operating in the Treaty 7 region, working in any artistic discipline. Applicants should demonstrate a serious dedication to developing and sharing their artistic work, career, or organizational mandate.

An applicant may only apply for one project or one phase of a project.

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Program Timeline

February 1, 2021: Original Peoples Investment Program Guidelines published
February to March 2021: Community outreach, information, and training sessions
March 15, 2021: Applications open
April 19, 2021 at 4:30pm MT: Application deadline
April to May 2021: Assessment period
May to June 2021: Notification of results and funds released

Calgary Arts Development’s Orginial Peoples Investment Program timeline for 2021

We are continuing to monitor COVID-19 conditions, and information and training sessions may be offered online if restrictions continue into the spring. We are not planning a Community Circle at this time, but hope to host one later in the year when we can safely gather in-person again.

Information Session

Applying to the Original Peoples Investment Program? Calgary Arts Development is pleased to offer this online and on demand information session.

The Original Peoples Investment Program (OPIP) supports the preservation and revitalization of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) art through art-based projects that are supported and validated by FNMI artists, community, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers. We recognize and support both traditional and contemporary Indigenous artists and arts practices.

The purpose of this session is to provide a little more context around the development of the Original Peoples Investment Program and its specific goals. It also provides some approaches, examples, and questions that might be helpful to consider when determining if you will apply and how best to do so.

It was open to any First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Artist (FNMI) or arts collective, or FNMI-led non-profit arts organization that practices or operates in the Treaty 7 region.

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Accommodation & 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 Investment 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 develop accommodations that suit their needs. 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.
Reference Documents
Application Templates

Project Budget

Policies

Deadline Extension Policy
Accessibility & Accommodation Policy
Disclosure of Grant Information Policy

Other

Terms of Reference
Group Agreements
Application Assistance
Frequently Asked Questions
Assessor Nomination Form

Questions

Please note that Calgary Arts Development staff are continuing to work remotely. If you have any questions about this program please review the Investment Program FAQ or contact Sable Sweetgrass, Specialist, Indigenous Programs at sable.sweetgrass@calgaryartsdevelopment.com or 403.264.5330 ext. 220.

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