Rozsa Foundation Grant Program
Grants to Alberta Arts Nonprofits in Eligible Areas for
Capacity Building, Programs, and Capital Expenses
Capacity Building, Programs, and Capital Expenses
Foundation / Corporation
09/14/17 4:00 PM
Grants of up to $10,000 to Alberta nonprofit arts organizations to support performing arts, literary, visual arts, and festivals with a focus on the Calgary area. Funding is available for capacity building, program expenses, and the purchase of equipment and materials. Funding is typically associated with a specific budget item, not including operational expenses.
Grant categories include:
1. Administrative Capacity
- Professional leadership development.
- Organizational development which funds strategic and succession planning, governance review, financial systems upgrade, legal compliance, human resource systems, development of marketing plans, fund development oversight and assistance, discounted audited financial statements.
Requests to fund programming should demonstrate not just that it will be high quality, but that it will significantly advance your organization, such as:
- Programs that present engaging and varied artistic experiences to diverse audiences.
- Programs that provide education for the public and/or artists.
- Projects that involve collaboration between artists, arts companies, or other non-profit organizations.
3. Tools of the Trade
- Funding is available for the purchase and utilization of computers, projection, light, sound and other such hardware, costumes, props, storage, exhibition and presentation materials, and printed materials. Successful applications in this area demonstrate that the specified tools will achieve new capacity for the organization. Please note that due to demand, we are unlikely to fund expected equipment replacement such as newer computers or updated software.
Eligible locations include Calgary; Rocky View MD and encompassed municipalities; Foothills MD and encompassed municipalities; additionally Banff, Canmore, Drumheller, and Rosebud. If you are centered elsewhere in Southern Alberta, or if you are an organization with an Alberta-wide mandate and significant activity in Calgary, please contact the Community Investment Officer before beginning your application.
The grant program typically supports 20 to 40 organizations each year.
Most grants are under $10,000.
- Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations)
- See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
- You must be a charity with a valid CRA charitable business number (this number appears as 9 digits, 2 letters, 4 digits).
- You must be an arts-focused organization (or be applying for support in engaging the arts to further your mission).
- You are eligible if based in Calgary; Rocky View MD and encompassed municipalities; Foothills MD and encompassed municipalities; additionally Banff, Canmore, Drumheller, and Rosebud. The primary objective of the Rozsa Foundation is to strengthen Alberta-based arts organizations. Most programs are provincial in scope, but due to its history and size, the Foundation's grant program is, for the time being, more focused on the Calgary area.
- Alternately, if you are an organization with an Alberta-wide mandate and significant activity in Calgary, or if your request is to support implementation of an Action Learning Project (ALP) connected to the Rozsa Arts Management Program (RAMP), you are also eligible to apply, regardless of where in Alberta the organization is based.
If none of these descriptions apply to you, your application may still be considered, but you must call to discuss your proposal with staff before beginning the application.
- Preference may be given to proposals that can use a Rozsa Foundation grant to leverage additional funding or other resources.
- Preference may be given to applications from organizations that have not been approved for funding in the 35 months prior to the deadline. If you have been approved for a grant in the 23 months prior to the deadline, it is possible that the Foundation might decline to review your application; please contact program staff before beginning a new request. (Example – A grant was approved in April of 2015 for a project that was completed in June of 2016. If there is a deadline in April 2018, that deadline is more than 35 months from the approval.)
- The success rate is higher for proposals from small to medium-scale organizations, because there is often a higher degree of impact with limited funds; however, charities of all sizes are eligible to apply.
The Foundation does not fund:
- Expenses related to travel (including accommodation)
- Administrative salaries and normal administrative costs
- Deficit financing/debt repayment
- Capital campaigns
- Replacement or marginal upgrades of normal office equipment (computers, copiers, furnishings, etc.)
- Normal programming activities, but new programs or significant expansions are eligible if they can advance the organization in a meaningful way.
- Operating or undesignated funding
- Retroactive funding. If you are incurring costs before the decision meeting (these occur within one month after the deadline) the expenses may be ineligible.
- Web or social media initiatives are rarely funded.
Please Note: Your organization must have its own Charitable Registration Number. You may not sign up or apply for a grant using another organization's number.
Generally, the Rozsa Foundation Board reviews grant applications three times yearly - in January/February, April/May and September/October.
Fall Deadline: September 14th at 4 pm
Generally, decisions are announced approximately four weeks after the deadline.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://rozsafoundation.formstack.com/forms/grant_form
Simon Mallett, Executive Director
cSpace King Edward, suite 490
1721 29 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2T 6T7, Canada
City of Calgary, Rocky View MD Area, Foothills MD Area, Cities of Banff, Canmore, Drumheller, and Rosebud.
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