Project Grant Program – Individuals and Collectives

Applications currently closed

February 7, 2022: Full guidelines published
February 28, 2022: Applications open
April 19, 2022: Application deadline (no applications accepted after 4:30pm MT)
April – June 2022: Evaluation of grants
Late June 2022: Notification of results
June – July 2022: Funds distributed

Program Overview

This program is intended to provide one-time project funding to individual artists and artist collectives in Calgary (known as Mohkínsstsisi 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 reflect and contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of Calgary’s arts sector and create opportunities for Calgarians to access artistic experiences.
  • Projects that support individual artistic and career development, including creation, professional development, business development, research, and experimentation.
  • Arts-centered projects that encourage everyday creativity, including cross-sector collaboration, creative economy, and neighbourhood-level community initiatives.

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 $1,600,000.

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

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Information Session

Applying to the Project Grant Program as an individual or collective? Calgary Arts Development is pleased to offer this on-demand online information session originally held on Zoom on March 9, 2022.

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.

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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, persons of colour, 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 Policy 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 individual artists and artist collectives in Calgary. Please note that this program cannot accept individual applications from arts administrators or cultural workers. Applications for projects which are not led by artists but which collaborate with and/or primarily support artists may be eligible as outlined in the Collaborations with Artists section below. This program 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.

Individual Artists:

  • 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 or informal training. We value all ways of knowing, learning and developing an artistic practice.  
  • Professional artists have shared, or are actively striving to share, their work publicly and be compensated for their work. 
  • Professional artists have a relationship with their artistic communities and peers. 
  • Artists do not need to be working professionally in the arts full-time.

Artist Collectives:

  • 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 (i.e. 50% or more).
  • An artist collective does not include for-profit organizations or businesses, groups that are formally registered as a non-profit society, or those which intend to govern themselves like a non-profit society.

Collaborations with Artists:

  • We will consider applications from individuals who do not meet the definition of a professional artist or artist collective as long as they can demonstrate the below, and at the discretion of Calgary Arts Development staff:
    • Artists are core collaborators or participants in the planning, development, and implementation of the project.
    • The project and budget provides financial and non-financial support to artists.
    • The applicant has a demonstrated history of working with artists and/or the arts sector.
  • 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 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 of April 19, 2022, are not eligible.

Projects funded through this program must be completed by December 31, 2023.

Applicants may 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 must create a profile that is separate from their individual account in the grant interface and apply through their collective account.

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


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 FAQ or contact

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