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June 2023

Calgary Arts Development launched the Operating Grant Program which provides stable funding to nonprofit arts organizations in Calgary. The successful applicants will be streamed into the program and will receive an annual operating grant of $10,000 to $30,000. Operating Grant funds may be allocated to any area of an arts organization’s budget. 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Organizations must be registered provincially as a non-profit arts organization, or federally as a charitable arts organization.
    • Organizations that are un-incorporated or unregistered arts-based organizations operating within a business model commensurate to a non-profit society may also be considered for operational funding on a case-by-case basis. These organizations must at minimum demonstrate all of 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.
  • Organizations must be located and operating within the Treaty 7 Calgary region and serving the Calgary community.
    • Organizations with a provincial mandate or those located outside of the Treaty 7 Calgary region must demonstrate that their activities are significantly and meaningfully accessible to Calgary citizens and are serving the Calgary community equally to other communities in their mandate.
  • Organizations must have an arts-based mandate and be centring arts-based programming in their work

Application Deadlines:

  • April 3, 2023: Full guidelines and intake timeline published
  • May 1, 2023: Applications open
  • July 5, 2023: Application deadline(s) (no applications accepted after 4:30pm MT)
  • July – August 2023: Evaluation of grants
  • Early September 2023: Notification of results
  • September 2023: Funds distributed

For application details and to apply, click here.

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