Project Grant Program – Individuals and Collectives

Applications currently closed

UPDATED: MAY 25, 2023

March 1, 2023: Full guidelines published
March 14, 2023: Applications open
May 10, 2023: Application deadline (no applications accepted after 4:30pm MT)
Late May – Early September 2023: Evaluation of grants
Mid-September 2023: Notification of results
Late September 2023 – January 2024: Funds distributed

Program Overview

This program is intended to provide one-time project funding to individual artists and artist collectives in Calgary (known as Mohkinsstsis in Blackfoot), working in any artistic discipline who pursue a professional practice.

The Project Grant Program seeks to support projects that align with any of the following priority areas:

  • Projects that support individual and collective artistic practices, including the research, creation, development, production, presentation or dissemination of artistic work, or the experimentation or development of new or adapted approaches to practice.
  • Arts-centred projects that encourage everyday creativity, including cross-sector collaboration, creative economy, neighbourhood-level community initiatives and youth initiatives.
  • Projects that reflect and contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of Calgary’s arts sector and create opportunities for Calgarians to access artistic experiences.

Projects can begin before the application deadline, but they cannot be fully completed before the application deadline of May 10, 2023. Projects funded through this program must be completed by December 31, 2024.

Individual artists may apply for up to $15,000 and artist collectives may apply for up to $20,000. 

Total funding available for this program is $2 million.

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Need help applying? Calgary Arts Development is committed to open, fair and transparent processes. There are two policies available for anyone who may need support to apply to this program: the Accommodation & Accessibility Policy and the Application Assistance Policy. 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.

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Information session

UPDATE: The timeline for this program has been revised. Please note that the contents of the video below may not be entirely accurate based on this timeline change.

An information session for this program was held online on April 10, 2023. Below you will find both a video and transcript for this session. The purpose of this session is to provide more context about the project grant program for individuals and collectives, and the specific goals and criteria. It will also provide some approaches, examples and questions that might be helpful to consider when determining if you will apply and how best to do so.

If you have any questions or need any help completing an application, please contact Taylor Poitras, Program Specialist, at or 403.264.5330 ext.215.

This program is supplemented through the Cultural Vitality Fund, with donations from Calgary Arts Foundation, individual donors, the Auxilium Foundation, and an anonymous donor to the Edmonton Community Foundation. We thank these donors for their generous support.

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