Project Grant Program – Organizations

Deadline July 12, 2021

Applications Open: June 1, 2021
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until July 12, 2021 at 4:30pm MT
Notifications: Results will be sent out by early September 2021
Funds: Grant money will be released beginning in late September 2021
Download Program Guidelines as a PDF

Project Overview

This program is intended to provide one-time project funding to registered non-profit arts organizations and current operating grant clients. Organizations must demonstrate that the arts are at the core of their mandate. Registered for-profit organizations and artistic projects by non-arts organizations will not be eligible for this funding.

Organizations must either be based in Calgary (known as Moh’kinsstis in Blackfoot), or be able to demonstrate that they make significant contributions to the arts that are accessible to Calgary citizens on an ongoing basis. Post-secondary, credit, or degree granting organizations are not eligible for this program. Please review the Investment Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for a glossary of terms and frequently asked questions about program eligibility.

Applicants may apply for up to $25,000 to support one-time projects which contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of Calgary’s arts sector, and strengthen the organization’s ability to connect with their community.

Projects funded through this program must be complete by December 31, 2022.

The total pool of funding will be $800,000. Calgary Arts Development is aiming to allocate a minimum of 70% of this pool to organizations who are not currently operating grant clients. The target percentage may be adjusted based on the number of applications as well as assessor scores. This program will be assessed by an arms-length peer committee.

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Program Timeline

May 10, 2021: Program guidelines published
June 1, 2021: Applications open
July 12, 2021: Application deadline
July to August 2021: Assessment period
Early September 2021: Notifications released
Late September to October 2021: Funds released

Calgary Arts Development's timeline for 2021 for the Project Grant Program – Organizations

Information Session

Looking at applying? Calgary Arts Development is pleased to offer an online information session specifically for organizations applying to the Project Grant Program.

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.

If you are unable to attend the information session, it will be recorded and posted, along with a written English transcript, on the Project Grant Program page by mid-June.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided. Closed captioning will also be made available.

This information session will be presented on Zoom. You do not require a Zoom account in order to participate. You must register for the session to get access to the link. There will be a question and answer period after the presentation, which will not be recorded to respect the privacy of participants. You will have an opportunity to ask questions directly to the presenter verbally, or by typing into the chat box. You do not need to have your camera or audio on in order to participate.

If you have any questions about how to use Zoom, please contact before registering for the session.

Date: Monday, June 7, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm MT
Register for this session

Accommodation & Accessibility

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.

We will work one-on-one with applicants who experience barriers to access to develop accommodations that suit their abilities and situations. Some examples of accommodations are:

  • Translation of written materials into other languages.
  • Transcription of verbal meetings or audio and video recordings into a written document.
  • Verbal video or audio applications. If you would prefer to answer the application questions verbally you can submit an audio or video recording of yourself or our staff can help record your responses using an online platform, such as Zoom.
  • Language interpretation for phone or video meetings (Note: this will depend on the availability of external service agencies).
  • Grant writing assistance if you need help.

You may be eligible for application assistance to pay someone to help you prepare and submit an application if you need it or for any of the reasons listed below:

  • An artist who is Deaf, hard of hearing, has a disability or is living with a mental illness.
  • An artist facing language, geographic or cultural barriers.

Please contact Marta Ligocki, Specialist for Arts Organizations, at 403.264.5330 ext.205 or to inquire about application assistance.

Reference Documents
Application Templates

Project Budget


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


Terms of Reference
Group Agreements
Application Assistance
Frequently Asked Questions
Assessor Nomination Form


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 and contact Marta Ligocki, Specialist for Arts Organizations, at 403.264.5330 ext.205 or

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