Project Grant Program – Individuals and Collectives

Applications currently closed

Deadline: July 27, 2020, 4:30pm MDT
Applications Open: June 1, 2020
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Program Overview

This program is intended to provide one-time project funding to individual artists and artistic collectives in Calgary working in any artistic discipline who pursue a professional practice. This program is not open to arts administrators or cultural workers.

This program supports projects that strengthen our artistic communities and ensures that citizens of Calgary (known as Mohkinstsis in Blackfoot) can experience what they have to offer.

Projects may include the creation, development, production, or presentation of artistic work. Applicants may also apply for mentorship, professional or career development projects. Projects or expenses related to post-secondary, credit or diploma granting programs and institutions are not eligible.

This program cannot fund projects retroactively. Projects which will be fully completed before the deadline of July 27, 2020 are not eligible and those funded through this program should be completed by December 31, 2021.

Applicants may request up to $10,000 to cover almost any expense related to their project. Total funding available for this program is $750,000.

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Online Information Session

Calgary Arts Development is offering an online information session for the 2020 Project Grant Program – Individuals and Collectives.

Program staff will present an overview of the full program guidelines, changes to the program, the application process, and answer questions.

If you are unable to attend the session, it will be recorded and shared on our website afterwards.

Date: Monday, July 6, 2020
3:00 – 5:00pm MDT

Zoom link and password will be provided to those who register. RSVP using the form below.

Project Grant Program – Individuals and Collectives Online Information Session
Program Update

Due to COVID-19 the Project Grant Program was put on hold while the community investment team shifted focus to developing and administering short-term relief funding to the community throughout April and May.

Based on a combination of program evaluation undertaken between January and March of 2020 through internal evaluation, public surveys, and feedback sessions, along with consideration for the current circumstances surrounding the pandemic, we have adapted this year’s Project Grant Program guidelines and process.

Key program changes are:

  • The program will be assessed in one phase this year, as opposed to the two phase process adapted in previous years. This decision was made in order to get funding out more quickly in 2020, since the program was delayed by two months.
  • The total pool of funding available was reduced to $750,000 from $850,000 as $100,000 was reallocated to short-term relief funding for individual artists.
  • The maximum request amount was reduced to $10,000 from $15,000 as there is such significant need in the sector at this time and we would like to see more artists supported through the program.
Program Timeline

January – March 2020: Program evaluation and design
June 1, 2020: Project Grant Program applications open
July 27, 2020, 4:30pm MDT: Application deadline
August – September 2020: Assessment period
September 2020: Notification of results and funds released

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Accommodation and Accessibility

Calgary Arts Development is committed to open, fair and transparent processes. While we may not be able to meet in person at the current moment, our team will be available to answer questions and offer support during the application process either over the phone, through email, or through the use of audio and video platforms.

Please see the 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. Staff can provide feedback 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. Some examples of accommodations are:

  • Translation of written materials
  • Grant writing assistance
  • Transcription
  • Video or audio applications
  • Interpretation for phone or video meetings (note: this will depend on the availability of external service agencies)
Reference Documents

Frequently Asked Questions
Budget Template
Group Agreements
Final Report Requirements

Please note that Calgary Arts Development staff are continuing to work remotely.

If you have any questions about this program please review the Project Grant Program – Individuals and Collectives FAQs or contact Taylor Poitras, Specialist, Individuals and Collectives Programs, at or 403.264.5330 ext.215 through voicemail.

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