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.
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.
The City-Builder Program was 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.
On April 11, 2019 the Calgary Arts Development board of directors approved combining the funding for the City-Builder Program into the OG+ Program for 2019.
The team at Calgary Arts Development wants to ensure we can best support the arts sector through the increase in funding in the best and most sustainable way and we believe this change will result in a more positive impact than the original City-Builder Program.
This change does not alter the amount of funding available, which is still $6.8M for operating grants in 2019.
The intent of the City-Builder Program was to be flexible and adapt to opportunities facing the arts sector but through the process of launching the program, it became clear that those outcomes would not be achievable based on the original program design.
We want to demonstrate our own adaptive capacity by making changes when needed in order to better serve the arts sector.
Contact Sara Bateman Director, Community Investment & Impact, at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
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:
- 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.
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.
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 and may apply for the OG+ Program with the application deadline in July 2019.
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 will be transferred into the Operating Grant Program and may apply for the OG+ Program with the application deadline in July 2019.
I don’t receive operational funding from Calgary Arts Development.
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 or Organizational Access Programs.
- In 2020, organizations who successfully entered the operational funding programs through the Organizational Access Program will no longer be eligible for this program.
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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