Project Grant Program – Individuals and Collectives

Applications currently closed

Applications Open: May 3, 2021
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until June 14, 2021, 4:30pm MT
Notifications: Results will be sent out by late August 2021
Funds: Grant money will be released beginning in September 2021
Download Program Guidelines as a PDF
UPDATED May 14, 2021

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, individual donors, RBC, the Auxilium Foundation, and the Palmer Family Foundation. We thank these donors for their generous support.

Project Overview

The Project Grant Program seeks to support projects that contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of Calgary’s arts sector.

This program is intended to provide one-time project funding to individual artists and artist collectives in Calgary (known as Moh’kinsstis in Blackfoot) working in any artistic discipline who pursue a professional practice. This program is not open to arts administrators, cultural workers or registered non-profit or for-profit organizations. For a glossary of terms and more important information about eligibility, please refer to the Investment Program FAQ.

Projects may include the creation, development, production, presentation or dissemination of artistic work. Applicants may also apply for professional or career development projects.

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 or collective, and one application per project. You may not receive more than one Calgary Arts Development grant for the same project or phase of a project. Success in this program does not affect your eligibility to apply to other Calgary Arts Development grant investment programs.

This program cannot fund projects retroactively, meaning that projects can begin before the application deadline, but projects that will be fully complete before the application deadline of June 14, 2021 are not eligible.

Projects funded through this program must be complete by December 31, 2022.

Total funding available for this program is $1,100,000.

Applicants may apply for almost any expense related to their project.

  • Individual artists may apply for up to $15,000:
    • Individual artists applying to this program must pursue a professional practice. We consider a professional artist to be an artist who is actively pursuing a career in the arts, and who has invested in the development of their artistic skills, voice, and goals. Professional artists may have formal training, have shared their work publicly, have been compensated for their work, and have a relationship with their artistic communities and peers.
    • 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, please reach out to discuss eligibility with the program specialist before applying.
  • Artist collectives may apply for up to $20,000:
    • We consider an artist collective to be two or more individual artists who work together in either an ongoing or ad hoc way, who have a shared artistic practice that is distinct from their own individual artistic practices. Collectives need to define their collective practice, vision, goals, and process in order to demonstrate that collective members have equal and shared ownership and accountability for the vision, success and completion of the proposed project or activities.
    • A majority of collective members must be Calgary-based artists.
    • An artist collective does not include for-profit organizations and businesses or groups that are formally registered as a non-profit society or those which intend to govern themselves like a non-profit society.
    • Collectives must create an account that is separate from their individual account in the grant interface and apply through their collective account.
Program Timeline

May 3, 2021: Applications open
June 14, 2021: Final application deadline. No applications accepted after 4:30pm MT.
June – August 2021: Evaluation of grants
Late August 2021: Notification of results
September 2021: Funds distributed

An updated graphic for the 2021 Project Grant Program – Individuals and Collectives timeline

Information Session

Applying to the Project Grant Program for Individuals and Collectives? Calgary Arts Development is pleased to offer this online and on-demand information session.

This program is intended to provide one-time project funding to individual artists and artist collectives in Calgary (known as Moh’kinsstis in Blackfoot) working in any artistic discipline who pursue a professional practice. This program is not open to arts administrators, cultural workers or registered non-profit or for-profit organizations.

The purpose of this session is to provide more context about the Project Grant Program, its 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.

We realize the ASL videos are too small in this recording, unfortunately our other recording with larger ASL screens had some issues where the interpreters were not always pinned and visible. If you speak ASL and would like access to the other recording, please reach out to We endeavor to continue improving our accessibility for future programs and information sessions and thank you for your patience.

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Accommodation & Accessibility

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 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.

We will work one-on-one with applicants who experience barriers to access to develop accommodations that suit their abilities and situations. Some examples of accommodations are:

  • Translation of written materials into other languages.
  • Transcription of verbal meetings or audio and video recordings into a written document.
  • Verbal video or audio applications. If you would prefer to answer the application questions verbally you can submit an audio or video recording of yourself or our staff can help record your responses using an online platform, such as Zoom.
  • Language interpretation for phone or video meetings (Note: this will depend on the availability of external service agencies).
  • Grant writing assistance if you need help.

You may be eligible for application assistance to pay someone to help you prepare and submit an application if you need it or for any of the reasons listed below:

  • An artist who is Deaf, hard of hearing, has a disability or is living with a mental illness.
  • An artist facing language, geographic or cultural barriers.

Please contact Taylor Poitras, Specialist, Individuals and Collectives Programs, at 403.264.5330 ext.215 or to inquire about application assistance.

Reference Documents
Application Templates

Project Budget


Deadline Extension Policy
Accessibility & Accommodation Policy
Disclosure of Grant Information Policy
Individual Artist Grant Payment Instalment Policy


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


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

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