Project Grant Program – Organizations

Applications currently closed

Phase 1 Request for Proposals – Deadline: April 8, 2019, 4:30pm MST; Opens March 4
Phase 2 Application – Deadline:
June 10, 2019, 4:30pm MST; Opens May 11

If you require any accommodations that would allow you to fairly access this process, please contact 403.476.2031 or

Download the Full Program Guidelines as a PDF UPDATED April 3, 2019

Program Overview

This program is intended to provide equitable access to one-time project funding on a yearly basis to arts organizations not funded through the Operating Grant or City-Builder programs from 2019 onwards, with the intention of supporting projects that exemplify what our artistic community has to offer and ensures citizens of Calgary continue to have access to meaningful, high-quality artistic experiences.

Apply for up to $20,000 to cover almost any expense related to a project or initiative. Total funding available is $200,000.

Please note that previous versions of these guidelines stated a total pool of $400,000, which was incorrect. This has been corrected to $200,000 as of April 3.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. Contact Sara Bateman, Director, Community Investment & Impact, at with any concerns.

Who Can Apply

Any non-profit organization registered as a society or charity in Alberta not currently funded through Calgary Art Development operational programs.

*NEW* Unincorporated or unregistered non-profit arts-based groups, collectives, and organizations that can at minimum demonstrate the following:

  • Effective leadership and ongoing operations for at least one year.
  • Clear lines of accountability and defined roles/responsibilities.
  • Rigorous and sustainable basic financial practices/tools.

We will only accept one application per organization, and one application for a single project. A project may receive funding through only one Calgary Arts Development grant per calendar year.

Selection Process

  • Criteria: Artistic Impact, Public Impact, Planning
  • Two Phase Process: Request for Proposal and an invited application.
  • Peer assessment committees for both phases.

Notification of Results, Phase 1 Request for Proposal: Early May 2019
Notification of Results, Phase 2 Application: Late July 2019


Budget Template
Statistical Form UPDATED May 14, 2019
Program Guidelines


Read the program guidelines carefully before beginning your application. Download them as a PDF by clicking here.

Please refer to the Investment Program FAQs or contact the Community Investment team at 403.476.2031 or with any questions.


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We acknowledge that the city of Calgary is situated on lands where the Bow River meets the Elbow, and that the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is Mohkinstsis and the Michif Cree name is Ohtuskwan.

We also acknowledge that the city of Calgary is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland.

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