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Operating Grant Program

Grants to Calgary, Alberta Arts Nonprofits for
Organizational and Strategic Support Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Calgary Arts Development

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Deadline Date:

02/16/18 4:30 PM MST


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Grants to Calgary, Alberta nonprofit arts organizations with year-round, arts-driven operations, prioritizing organizations that demonstrate high artistic impact, public impact and organizational resiliency. Organizations may allocate these funds to any areas of their overall budgets.

Organizations can apply to one of the following streams:

-Community (All, Music)
Arts organizations that primarily support, present or produce the work of non-professional artists or volunteer professional artists. Organizations that do not intend to provide standard professional artist fees should apply to this stream.

-Professional (Presenting, Performing All, Performing Theatre)
Arts organizations that present or produce the work of professional artists (whether emerging or established), and either provide or intend to provide standard professional artist fees. Organizations that run festivals in addition to their core programming should apply to this stream.

Organizations applying to this stream that are not currently able to offer standard professional artist fees will have to present a clear plan to do so, as well as demonstrate a level of professionalism in organizational and artistic practices appropriate to their discipline.

-Arts Service Organizations
Organizations primarily focused on the support of artists, arts organizations or artistic practice (separate from the creation of work).

Arts organizations primarily focused on presenting a standalone arts festival. This program defines “festivals” as a special event that occurs within a limited period of time that presents a multi-faceted, broad-based, celebratory experience with activities that are inclusive and accessible.

Note that due to lack of applicants, the Educational Organization stream will not be offered in 2016.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167374

Term of Contract:

Two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for all Operating Grant streams, an organization must:

- Operate under an arts mandate.
- Be registered as a non-profit organization, corporation or society in the Province of Alberta.
- Have been in operation for one full year.
- Maintain operations throughout the whole or majority of the year.
- Maintain a significant amount of activities that support Calgary artists or are accessible to Calgary citizens.
- Calgary Arts Development staff review all applications for eligibility. For organizations that also have non-arts-related programming or operate in areas outside of Calgary, Calgary Arts Development will determine eligibility through the organization’s commitment to the arts and the scope of its activities within Calgary’s arts community.

The following groups are ineligible for funding through the Operating Grant Program:

- Political, trade union or fraternal lodge organizations.
- Degree- and diploma-granting educational institutes such as colleges and universities.
- Organizations that receive operational funding directly from The City of Calgary.

Note: Applicants not funded through the Operating Grant in 2015 will not be eligible to apply in 2016.

Pre-Application Information:

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The competitive process simulated through the 2015 Operating Grant Program will become active this year:
• Organizations that received funding last year will receive at least 95% of their 2015 grant. Organizations may compete for more funding from the remaining 5%, as well as any additional funds available.
• Successful applicants will receive their grant on a two-year cycle up to 2018, with interim reporting due in 2017.

The following new changes will also be in place for 2016:

• Information used for reporting will be broken out of the regular application in order to ease workloads for both applicants and program assessors. Applicants will have the opportunity to submit certain pieces of information (such as a full programming form and statistical form) at Monday, April 11 at 4:30pm.

• Organizations applying to the Professional Presenting, Professional Performing All and Professional Performing Theatre streams may submit CADAC forms in lieu of standard CADA Statistical or Financial forms. These forms may be submitted on February 22 or the final deadline of Monday, April 11 at 4:30pm.

• Organizations that received a 2015 Operating Grant of $3,000 or less are eligible to transfer that amount to a two-year grant through a new project-based program for organizations. They will receive the same amount of funding as in 2015 and will also be eligible to compete for increases over and above this. While the application will focus on a particular project or set of programming, funding through this program can still be applied to any part of an organization’s overall budget.

• Organizations eligible for this transfer will be contacted by Community Investment staff and must indicate their intention to apply to either the new project-based program for organizations or the Operating Grant Program by Friday, January 29, 2016. If no preference is indicated it will be assumed that the organization is applying to the Operating Grant. No organization may receive funding through both programs.

• Organizations that transfer to the new project-based program for organizations will receive their 2016 funding through a new granting pool. An equivalent amount of funding previously allocated to those organizations will remain in the Operating Grant pool for competition.

• For more information on the new project-based program, please visit

Contact Information:

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

Emiko Muraki, Director, Community Investment & Impact

Suite #501, 237 8th Ave. SE
Calgary AB T2G 5C3

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Canada: Alberta