Project Grant Program – Individuals and Collectives

Applications Open May 3, 2021

Program Guidelines Published: April 12, 2021 *UPDATED*
Deadline: June 14, 2021 at 4:30pm MT
Applications Open: May 3, 2021

This program is intended to provide one-time project funding to individual artists and artist collectives who pursue a professional practice, working in any artistic discipline. Artists must either be Calgary-based (known as Moh’kinsstis in Blackfoot), or be able to demonstrate that they make significant contributions to the arts that are accessible to Calgarians on an ongoing basis. Please review the Investment Program FAQs for a glossary of terms and frequently asked questions about program eligibility.

Individual artists may apply for up to $15,000. Artist collectives may apply for up to $20,000. This fund is intended to support one-time projects that contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of Calgary’s arts sector. Projects should be complete by December 31, 2022. This program will be assessed in two streams:

    • Program & Present: For projects resulting in the production, presentation, exhibition, or sharing of work that is accessible to the public.
    • Create & Develop: For projects that are primarily focused on artistic, professional, or business development, or will not result in work that is accessible to the public.

Projects or expenses related to post-secondary, credit, or diploma granting institutions are not eligible. This program cannot fund projects retroactively. Projects that are fully completed before the deadline of June 14, 2021 are not eligible.

The total pool of funding will be $1,100,000. This program will be assessed by an arms-length peer committee.

Calgary Arts Development grant investment programs for individual artists and artist collectives are supplemented through the Cultural Vitality Fund, with donations from Calgary Arts Foundation, Calgary Foundation, an anonymous donor to the Edmonton Community Foundation, RBC, and the Palmer Family Foundation. We thank these donors for their generous support.

Program Timeline

April 12, 2021: Program guidelines published *UPDATED*
May 3, 2021: Applications open
June 14, 2021: Application deadline
June to August 2021: Assessment period
Late August 2021: Notifications released
September 2021: Funds released

Calgary Arts Development's Project Grant Program – Individuals and Collectives timeline for 2021

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.

Please contact grants@calgaryartsdevelopment.com or 403.476.2031 for more information.

Questions

Please note that Calgary Arts Development staff are continuing to work remotely. Contact Taylor Poitras, Specialist for Individuals & Collectives, with questions about this program by emailing taylor.poitras@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

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