Project Grant Program – Organizations

Applications Open May 11, 2020

Full Program Guidelines will be released by May 4, 2020.

Phase 1: Proposal Deadline June 15, 2020, 4:30pm MST; Opens May 11, 2020
Phase 2: Application Deadline August 17, 2020, 4:30pm MST; Opens July 20, 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 May. An announcement will be made in our newsletter and on our social media when the program guidelines are available. The general information in the program overview below will not change.

Program Overview

This program is intended to provide one-time project funding to community based or non-profit arts organizations in Calgary who do not receive a grant through our Operating Grant Program.

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. Organizations may also apply for projects that address their operational or administrative capacity. Projects do not need to occur in Calgary.

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 $250,000

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 organizations. 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 Marta Ligocki, Specialist, Arts Organizations, at 403.264.5330 ext.205 or

Program Timeline

A graphic showing the flow and timeline of the Project Grant Program – Organizations Program Timeline

January – April 2020: Program evaluation and design
Early May 2020: Full program guidelines published
May 11, 2020: Phase 1 proposals open in online grant interface
June 15, 2020: Deadline to submit to phase 1
Mid-July 2020: Applicants notified of phase 1 results
July 20, 2020: Successful applicants receive access to phase 2 applications in the online grant interface
August 17, 2020: Deadline to submit to phase 2
Late September 2020: Applicants notified of phase 2 results
October 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 Marta Ligocki, Specialist, Arts Organizations, at with any questions or requests.

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