Project Grant Program – Organizations

Applications Open June 1, 2021

Program Guidelines Published: May 3, 2021
Deadline: July 12, 2021 at 4:30pm MT
Applications Open: June 1, 2021

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. Artistic projects by non-arts organizations will not be eligible for this funding.

Organizations must either be Calgary-based (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 FAQs 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. This program will be assessed in two streams:

    • Program & Present: For projects resulting in the production, presentation, exhibition, or sharing of work that is accessible to the public.
    • Create & Develop: For projects that are primarily focused on artistic, operational, or business development, or will not result in work that is accessible to the public.

The total pool of funding will be $800,000. A minimum of 70% of this pool will be allocated to organizations who are not currently operating grant clients. This program will be assessed by an arms-length peer committee.

Program Timeline

May 3, 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

Accommodation & 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. Please see the Investment 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.

Calgary Arts Development is committed to open, fair, and transparent processes. We will work one-on-one with applicants who experience barriers to develop accommodations that suit their needs. 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 or 403.476.2031 for more information.


Please note that Calgary Arts Development staff are continuing to work remotely. Contact Marta Ligocki, Specialist for Arts Organizations, with questions about this program, by emailing

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