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Cultural Space Investment Process

Grants to Calgary, Alberta, Canada Non-Profits for
Facility Development or Enhancement Projects

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Calgary Arts Development

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02/03/14 4:30 PM


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Grants are available to Calgary, Canada non-profit arts and culture organizations for stand-alone capital projects or for portions of larger capital projects that create or renovate art/cultural space. Applicants can request municipal funding, land, buildings or any combination thereof for acquisition, construction, development, betterment and/or rehabilitation of a capital asset.

As an initial assessment stage, CSIP recognizes projects that demonstrate a compelling vision, advanced readiness, strong feasibility and sustainability. Managed through an arms-length process, CSIP positions successful project submissions for potential municipal funding consideration through CMSI.

The process is open to projects that are at the early stage of visioning and planning, however, only projects in advanced stages of readiness will be submitted to the City for consideration for existing sources of funding in the year of application.

Submissions must be for cultural infrastructure projects, defined as physical infrastructure, amenities and programmable open space required for the activities of culture.

Capital projects must be located within the Calgary municipal limits and involve:
* Facility development – stand alone culture related infrastructure projects; and/or
* Facility enhancement – portions of larger capital projects that create or renovate purpose-built arts and/or cultural spaces.

Eligible expenses include planning, design, construction, purchase and betterment of a capital asset.

On-going maintenance costs, administrative functions that are necessary to support the operating functions of an organization and retroactive funding requests are NOT eligible (expenses that occurred prior to Council’s approval of a project will not be reimbursed through CMSI).

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GrantWatch ID#: 136923

Estimated Size of Grant:

25% of project costs up to $25,000,000/project. Exceptions may be made for smaller projects (under $250,000) that enable a match of municipal funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Not-for-profit organizations, defined as:
-A society, credit union or co-operative established under a law of Canada or Alberta
-A corporation that is prohibited from paying dividends to its members and distributing the assets to its members on a winding-up
-Any other entity established under a law of Canada or Alberta for a purpose other than to make a profit
-Any organization with a cultural space capital project that fits into the Cultural Space Investment Processes objectives

Collectives and ad-hoc groups must formally apply through a single organization.

Applicants who have already received support through The City of Calgary for the same project may not be eligible depending on the type of support received.

Pre-Application Information:

November 1, 2013: Deadline for mandatory Letter of Intent.

Applicants that are unsuccessful in securing funding in one year through the Cultural Space Investment Process may re-apply in subsequent years.

Partnerships with the public and private sector are encouraged.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Tom McCarthy
403-264-5330 ext. 107

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta;

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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