Original Peoples Investment Program

Applications currently closed

Deadline: March 9, 2020, 4:30pm MST; Application form opens January 7, 2020

Applications are accepted through the online grant interface. If this is your first time submitting an application 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 grants@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

If you have any questions about this program please review the Original Peoples Investment Program FAQs or contact Sable Sweetgrass, Specialist, Indigenous Programs, at 403.264.5330 ext. 220 or sable.sweetgrass@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

COVID-19 Update

This program was in the midst of the assessment process when the COVID-19 state of emergency occurred. In recognition and respect for the efforts applicants and assessors have undertaken, this program will be assessed and completed as published.

In order to maintain the health and safety of Calgary Arts Development staff and the assessment committee, remote assessment scenarios are being planned. Applicants will be notified of any changes to the program assessment process and timelines as they arise.

Program Overview

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

Artists and organizations may apply for up to $10,000 to cover almost any expense related to their project. Projects funded through this program should be completed by July 31, 2021. Total funding available for this program is $400,000.

This program will be assessed by a peer committee in two streams, New Voices and Next Steps. Please see the program guidelines for further information.

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Program Eligibility

This program is open to First Nation/Métis/Inuit artists and collectives and FNMI-lead organizations practicing/operating in the Treaty 7 Calgary 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.

Program Timeline

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January 7, 2020: Original Peoples Investment Program Applications open
February 8, 2020: Community Circle and Information Session
March 9, 2020, 4:30pm MST: Application Deadline
April 2020: Assessment Period
May 2020: Notification of Results and funds released
May/June 2020: Closing Community Circle (details to be announced)

Accommodation and 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 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 access to develop accommodations that suit their abilities. 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.

Please contact Sable Sweetgrass, Specialist, Indigenous Programs, at sable.sweetgrass@calgaryartsdevelopment.com with any questions or requests.

Forms and Documents

Original Peoples Investment Program Guidelines
Budget Template
Group Agreements PDF
Final Report Requirements
Original Peoples Investment Program FAQ

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