What’s New in Operational Funding

Applying for operational funding from Calgary Arts Development? Find out what’s new for 2019 to 2022.

For help on which program to apply to, scroll to the bottom of this guide.

Basic Reporting

Organizations funded through the Operating Grant Program in 2018 (and those transferring from the Cornerstone Program) will receive their 2018 funding levels upon the submission of basic reporting in Q1 2019. This base-level of funding will be provided in the same manner and general timeline in 2020, 2021, and 2022. Updated investment agreements will be sent to all Operating Grant organizations to reflect these changes.

Instructions for submitting through the online granting interface will be sent out to all organizations in the 2018 Operating Grant Program and 2015-2018 Cornerstone cohorts in Q1 of 2019. Basic reporting may be submitted at any time after this point and up to the final deadline on March 31, 2019.

Full Details on the 2019 Operating Grant Program

City-Builder Program

The City-Builder Program is intended to identify and provide operational funding to a cohort of organizations that represent the diversity of artistic communities in Calgary, Mohkinstsis and are poised to take a leadership role in how arts and culture contribute to the overall vitality of our city.

These organizations will be chosen for their demonstrated dedication and excellence in building community through the arts at a city- and macro-community scale, fostering reciprocal collaborations and partnerships both within the arts and across sectors:

  • Replaces the Cornerstone Program, which ran from 2015 to 2018.
  • Criteria for this program will focus on arts-led community building, engagement and relationships, and organizational resilience and adaptability.
  • 2015-2018 Cornerstone organizations who do not end up in this stream will be transferred to the Operating Grant Program.
  • 2018 Operating Grant recipients who apply to the City-Builder stream and are not successful will remain the the Operating Grant.
  • New organizations who apply to the City-Builder stream and are not successful may apply to the Organizational Access Program (below).
  • Provides significant base-level investment for a four-year term running 2019 to 2022.
  • In addition to annual operating funding, Calgary Arts Development will commit to working closely with this cohort in a relational, collaborative way to help accelerate their goals for arts-led city-building.

Who can apply for the City-Builder Program?

Any non-profit arts organization registered as a society or charity in Alberta.

Please read the program guidelines.

All applicants must meet with the Community Investment team prior to applying.

Full Details on the City-Builder Program

Operating Grant Program & OG+

The intention of the Operating Grant Program is to provide arts organizations with a stable, predictable base of funding. With the introduction of additional funding to this base via the OG+ sub-program, arts organizations successful in this overall program will be able to address important opportunities through their work while remaining resilient, adaptable, and sustainable in the future.

  • Our main program for providing operational funding to arts organizations, funding 143 applicants as of 2018.
  • OG+ is a completely optional sub-program that provides optional additional funding to base-levels for one year (i.e. it doesn’t carry over to the next).
  • OG+ can be applied and received for every year from 2019 through 2022.
  • OG+ will have four possible application streams, each with unique criteria:
    • Create/Develop
    • Program/Present
    • Strategy/Capacity
    • Relationships/Community
  • There will also be an opportunity to apply for a three-year top-up in 2020:
    • Completely optional.
    • Provides additional funding to base-levels that carries over for three years, 2020, 2021, and 2022.
    • Applications submitted and assessed in 2020.
    • Can receive this funding in addition to OG+.
    • Full application process and guidelines to be published Q4 2019/Q1 2020.

Who can apply for OG+?

Any non-profit organization currently funded through the 2018 Operating Grant Program or the previous Cornerstone Program is eligible to receive their funding through the Operating Grant Program and apply for OG+ from 2019 to 2022.

New organizations who are successful in the Organizational Access Program (below) will be streamed into the Operating Grant Program and will be eligible to apply for OG+ from 2020 to 2022.

Read the program guidelines for full information about the new OG+ sub-program and to access the forms for 2019 basic reporting.

Full Details on the Operating Grant Program

Organizational Access Program

The Organizational Access Program is intended to provide equitable access to operational funding to those organizations who were not recipients of either the Operating Grant or the Cornerstone Program in 2018.

  • Criteria for this program will focus on artistic impact, public impact, organizational resiliency, with overarching values of equity (1), diversity (2), and inclusion (3) given intentional consideration.
  • For organizations not funded through either Operating Grant or Cornerstone Programs in 2018.
  • Successful applicants will stream into the Operating Grant Program in 2020 with confirmed base-level annual investment through 2022.
  • Two Phase Process: Letter of Intent and Application

(1) An approach to diversity in which differences among all people in a community are accommodated on an individual basis and historical exclusions and systemic barriers that are unique to diverse peoples are taken into account.
(2) Describes the wide range of identities of the people that live in a community, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical and cognitive ability, class, etc.
(3) A sense of belonging, which allows people to engage with and contribute within a community or environment.

Who can apply for the Organizational Access Program?

Any non-profit arts organizations registered as societies in the Province of Alberta and any un-incorporated or unregistered non-profit arts-based groups, collectives, and organizations that can demonstrate rigorous and ongoing operations (more detail in program guidelines). Organizations currently receiving funding through the Operating Grant or the previous Cornerstone Program are not eligible.

Please read the program guidelines and contact the Community Investment team prior to applying to this program.

Full Details on the Organizational Access Program

To What Program Should my Organization Apply?

I currently receive my funding through the Operating Grant Program.

In 2019 you will submit basic reporting and receive your operating grant amount in Q1:

  • You may choose to apply for the City-Builder Program, with the application deadline in April 2019.
  • If you are successful in the City-Builder Program, you will be moved out of the Operating Grant program and cannot apply for the OG+ Program, and will receive the additional funding that makes up your new base-level in Q3.
  • If you are unsuccessful in the City-Builder Program, you will remain in the Operating Grant Program and may apply for the OG+ Program with the application deadline in July.
I currently receive my funding through the Cornerstone Program.

In 2019 you will submit basic reporting and receive your operating grant amount in Q1:

  • You may choose to apply for the City-Builder Program, with the application deadline in April 2019.
  • If you are successful in the City-Builder Program, you cannot apply for the OG+ Program, and will receive your additional funding in Q3.
  • If you are unsuccessful in the City-Builder Program, you will be transferred into the Operating Grant Program and may apply for the OG+ Program with the application deadline in July 2019.
  • You may also choose not to apply for the City-Builder Program, and move directly into the Operating Grant Program.
I don’t receive operational funding from Calgary Arts Development.

You may choose to apply for the City-Builder Program, with the application deadline in April 2019:

  • If you are successful in the City-Builder Program, you will receive your funding in Q3.
  • If you are unsuccessful in the City-Builder Program, you may also apply for the Organizational Access Program or the Project Grant Program – Organizations.
  • If you choose to apply for the Organizational Access Program, your City-Builder Program application will be considered your Letter of Intent.

You may choose to apply for the Organizational Access Program, with the Letter of Intent deadline in May 2019 and the full application due in September 2019:

  • If you are successful in the Organizational Access Program, you will receive your funding in Q4, and will be streamed into the Operating Grant in 2020.
  • If you are not successful in the Organizational Access Program, you will not receive operational funding between 2019 to 2022, but are eligible to apply for the Project Grant Program – Organizations.

Project Grant Program – Organizations is open to any new organization not currently receiving operational funding from Calgary Arts Development:

  • In 2019, organizations may receive funding through the Project Grant and the City-Builder or Organizational Access Programs.
  • In 2020, organizations who successfully entered the operational funding programs through the City-Builder or the Organizational Access Program will no longer be eligible for this program.

Questions

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

 


We would like to acknowledge the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, including the Siksika, Piikani, Kainaiwa, Tsuut’ina, and Stoney Nakoda First Nations.

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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