Original Peoples Investment Program

Deadline

August 2022: Full guidelines published
September 2022: Applications open
October 2022: Application deadline (no applications accepted after 4:30pm MT)
October – November 2022: Evaluation of grants
Late November – Early December 2022: Notification of results
December 2022: Funds distributed

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.

Individual artists may apply for up to $15,000, artist collectives may apply for up to $20,000, and arts organizations may apply for up to $25,000. Total funding available for this program is $650,000.

Please refer to the Who Can Apply and What Can You Apply For sections for further information about eligible applicants and projects. 

This program is developed and validated annually with the support of our Indigenous Advisory Committee. Full program guidelines and information session dates will be published in August 2022. A specific publication date will be announced during the summer. Please contact grants@calgaryartsdevelopment.com with questions about this program.

Commitment to Equity

We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Nations—Siksika, the Piikani, and the Kainai; and also acknowledge the Beaver people of the Tsuut’ina and the Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley bands of the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, the Métis People of Region 3, and Indigenous people who make the Treaty 7 region their home.

As part of our responsibility to Calgarians to ensure equitable access to public funding, Calgary Arts Development is dedicated to addressing and working to eliminate institutional inequity in our programs, policies, and practices. We also acknowledge that our actions—both conscious and unconscious, past and present—have benefited some communities while limiting opportunities and outcomes for others including Indigenous communities, Black communities, People of Color, persons with disabilities, Deaf communities, as well as persons with diverse sexual orientations or gender identities. 

We envision a city where all artists have the freedom, agency and platform to share and amplify their stories, art, cultures and experiences: a city where Calgarians of all backgrounds can access, create and participate in art as part of their everyday lives. 

To that end, Calgary Arts Development’s community investment team is accountable to ensuring that lines of communication are welcoming, clear, and open, and that the scoring process is fair and deeply considerate. We will work one-on-one with applicants who experience barriers to access to develop accommodations that suit their unique abilities and situations and continually seek to learn and address inequities in our programs and processes. 

Need Help Applying?

We recognize that barriers within the arts community exist, particularly for equity seeking communities, and that there are many unique entry points into an artistic practice and career in the arts. If you are unsure about eligibility, please reach out to discuss this with the program specialist before applying.

Calgary Arts Development is committed to open, fair, and transparent processes. If you have any questions, want feedback on your application or if it’s your first time applying, please don’t hesitate to contact us for support. While we may not be able to meet in person at this time, our team will be available to provide support over the phone, through email, or through the use of audio and video platforms.

Please see the Investment Program FAQ for answers to common questions, and contact the program specialist as early as you can to ensure they can provide the best support possible. Staff can provide feedback on your application up to one week before application deadlines.

There are two policies available for potential applicants who may need accommodations or assistance to apply to this program such as translating program guidelines and applications. These policies are available to potential applicants even if they decide not to apply to the program. 

  • An Accommodation & Accessibility Policy is available for potential applicants who experience barriers to access, to develop accommodations that suit their abilities and situations. 
  • The Application Assistance Program provides financial support for eligible applicants to alleviate some of the costs associated with preparing and submitting an application. 
Who Can Apply?

This program is open to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) artists and collectives and FNMI-led and FNMI-centred organizations practicing and operating in the Treaty 7 Calgary region working in any artistic discipline. It is also open to Treaty 7 First Nation artists practicing on reserve or operating within the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. Please note that this program cannot accept individual applications from arts administrators or cultural workers, and cannot support registered not-for-profit organizations or registered for-profit corporations or businesses. 

For a glossary of terms and more important information about eligibility, please refer to the Investment Program FAQ.

Eligibility
  • An applicant may only apply to this program for one project or one distinct phase of a project. 
  • We will only accept one application per individual, collective, or organizations and one application per project. 
  • You may not receive funding from more than one Calgary Arts Development program for the same project or phase of a project. 
  • You may not apply to this program if you have final reports past their due date for prior grants.
  • Beginning in January 2023, you may not have more than four open grants with Calgary Arts Development, including grants for which a deadline extension has been approved. A request for an exception to this eligibility requirement must be submitted in writing and in discussion with the Program Specialist. Applicants are encouraged to take this policy into consideration when planning their applications in 2022. 
What Can You Apply For?

Projects can begin before the application deadline, but projects that will be fully complete before the application deadline in October 2022 are not eligible.

Projects funded through this program must be completed by July 1, 2024.

Applicants can apply for the research, creation, development, production, presentation or dissemination of artistic work. Applicants may also apply for professional, business or artistic career development projects. Projects may include experimentation or development of new or adapted approaches to practice. They may also include cross-sector collaboration, creative economy and neighborhood level initiatives as well. 

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through our online grant interface. The application form will be available on the date the program opens. Applicants must create a user profile in order to apply. Artist collectives and organizations must create a profile that is separate from their individual account in the grant interface and apply through their collective or organization account.

POLICIES

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

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 FAQs or contact grants@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

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