Artist Opportunity Grant Program

Grants to Calgary, Alberta Individual Artists for
Short-Term Career Development Opportunities

GrantWatch ID#: 178878
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Calgary Arts Development

11/06/17 4:30 PM MST

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Grants of up to $2,500 to Calgary, Alberta individual professional artists for a unique, short-term opportunity that will help them develop the skills, knowledge, and relationships necessary to further his or her career.

Applications are welcome from those working in all artistic disciplines and their various cultural forms, including indigenous arts; circus arts; curation; dance; deaf and disability arts; digital arts; literature; film and media arts; multidisciplinary practice; music and sound; theater; and visual arts.

An opportunity is defined as a unique experience that significantly develops and artists artistic practice and/or career.

Eligible expenses include:
- Travel
- Fees for registration or program materials
- Documentation
- Professional fees and services, except as specified below
- Reasonably priced accommodations outside of Calgary
- Costs to prepare existing work for presentation
- Per diems for food, transit, transportation
- Child care


A maximum of $2,500

A professional artist (adapted from the Canada Council for the Arts) is one who:

- Has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions).
- Is recognized as a professional by their peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition).
- Is committed to devoting time to artistic activity.
- Has had at least one presentation or publication within a professional context.

What defines a professional context can be different for all disciplines; generally speaking this does not include:

- Work within a degree-granting program.
- Presentations or publications of a university or post-secondary institution.

Artists may apply to participate in opportunities to which their groups or collectives have been invited, but must focus on the impact to their own distinct practices and careers.

If you are seeking an opportunity directly related to your ongoing work with an arts organization, please show that the organization has also invested in your opportunity to an appropriate level.

This program is not intended to support:

- Creation of new and ongoing work, completely self-directed opportunities, or curatorial projects
- Professional artist fees
- Post-secondary degree-granting programs
- Purchase of equipment costing more than $500 and not directly related to the opportunity.

Opportunities more than halfway complete by the time of a given deadline are not eligible.




Deadlines are February 6, May 1, August 8, and November 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm MST.

Contact the Community Investment Team if you have specific questions about your application up to 48 hours before a deadline. The Artist Opportunity Grant takes about a month to process, depending on how many applications are received.

Any single applicant may only receive one Artist Opportunity Grant per calendar year.

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

Apply online:

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


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