Project Grant Program – Individuals and Collectives

Applications Open April 6, 2020

Full program guidelines will be released by March 30, 2020.

Phase 1: Proposal Deadline May 11, 2020, 4:30pm MST; Opens April 6, 2020
Phase 2: Application Deadline July 13, 2020, 4:30pm MST; Opens June 15, 2020

The community investment team is currently evaluating this program’s guidelines, criteria, and application questions.

We will publish full program guidelines on this page at least one week before we begin accepting project proposals in April. An announcement will be made in our newsletter and on our social media when the program guidelines are available. The general information below will not change.

Program Overview

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

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 professional or career development projects. Projects or expenses related to post-secondary or credit/diploma granting programs and institutions are not eligible.

Applicants may request up to $15,000 to cover almost any expense related to their project. Projects funded through this program should be completed by December 31, 2021.

Total funding available for this program is $850,000.

This program selects successful projects in two phases. Both phases will be assessed by a committee made up of artistic peers and community members. In phase 1, proposals are open to all eligible artists or artist collectives. Applicants who score the highest in phase 1 will be invited to complete the full application in phase 2.

If you have any questions about this program please contact Taylor Poitras, Specialist, Individuals and Collectives Programs, at 403.264.5330 ext.215 or at

Program Timeline

A graphic showing the flow and timeline of the Project Grant Program – Individuals and Collectives

January – March 2020: Program evaluation and design
Late March 2020: Full program guidelines published
April 6, 2020: Phase 1 proposals open in online grant interface
May 11, 2020: Deadline to submit to phase 1
Mid-June 2020: Applicants notified of phase 1 results
June 15, 2020: Successful applicants receive access to phase 2 applications in the online grant interface
July 13, 2020: Deadline to submit to phase 2
Late August 2020: Applicants notified of phase 2 results
September 2020: Grant funds disbursed

Accommodation and 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.

See the Grant Investment 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 access to develop accommodations that suit their abilities. 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 Taylor Poitras, Specialist, Individuals & Collectives, at with any questions or requests.

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