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Aspiration Grants

Grants to Alberta Arts Nonprofits for Capacity
Building and Programming in Eligible Locations

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Rozsa Foundation

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Alberta nonprofit arts organizations in eligible locations for activities that build organizational capacity. Applicants must contact program staff in order to obtain access to the online application. Funding is also intended for new program initiatives that advance the organization’s presentation and artistic practices. Programs should benefit the Calgary arts community, including the surrounding area of Rocky View County, MD Foothills, Banff, Canmore, Drumheller, and Rosebud.

Rozsa Foundation Aspiration Grants are designed to support arts organizations at key junctures as they look toward an aspirational vision for the future. These grants provide funding for a diverse range of key administrative and management processes or programming initiatives that unlock significant new capacity and potential for the organization.

Aspiration Grants support a range of key administrative & management processes, including:

  • Strategic and succession planning
  • Governance review
  • Financial systems upgrades
  • Human resource systems
  • Development of marketing plans
  • Fund development assistance
  • Technical resources

When applying for funding to support the above processes, it is important to articulate the significant impact the work will have for the organization by being undertaken at this time.

New programming initiatives that advance your organization’s artistic or presentation practices are also eligible, including programs that involve collaboration between artists, arts companies or other non-profit organizations. 

When applying for funding to support programming initiatives, it is important to articulate where the potential for significant organizational impact lies resulting from the program, whether it is in the development of a stronger business model, the creation of a new revenue stream, a long term beneficial partnership, or in another way.

When applying for an Aspiration Grant, organizations should address the following in the project description:

  • What is the organization’s history with this kind of work and why is this time different?
  • Why is now the right time to be undertaking this work?
  • What are the key benefits this work will bring to the organization, both now and potentially in the future?
  • How does this work fit into the organization’s aspirational vision for the future?​

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182993

Estimated Size of Grant:

Amount Available: Up to $15,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Through their Granting Program, the Rozsa Foundation supports Alberta-based arts charities. The following requirements apply to all Rozsa Foundation granting streams:

- You must be a charity with a valid CRA charitable business number (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).
- The focus of the Foundation's investment is in Calgary and the surrounding area (including Rocky View County, MD Foothills, Banff, Canmore, Drumheller, and Rosebud) as well as to provincial organizations whose initiatives will directly benefit the Calgary arts community. Action Learning Projects are eligible regardless of where in Alberta the organization is based.
- Organizations located outside of these areas may still be eligible but should contact staff prior to beginning the application.

Preference may be given to proposals that are geared toward equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives, those that harness the power of art for social change (especially in partnership with other, non-arts based organizations), those that promote inter-organizational collaboration, and those that can use a Rozsa Foundation grant to leverage additional funding or other resources, as reflected in the project budget.

The Foundation does not fund administrative salaries, normal administrative costs, deficit financing, debt repayment, or capital campaigns. Normal programming activities are not eligible, but new programs or significant expansions are eligible if they can advance the organization in a meaningful way. New activities may require additional administrative capacity, which is an eligible expense. The Foundation does not provide operating or undesignated funding, nor does the Foundation fund retroactively. If you are incurring costs before our decision meeting (typically three weeks after the deadline), the expenses may be ineligible.

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Deadlines:
- Friday, January 15, 2021 (decisions mid-March)
- Friday, May 7, 2021 (decisions late-May)
- Friday, September 30, 2021 (decisions late-October)

All applications are to be made online.

Applicants will require a registration code to access the online application, which can be received by emailing Executive Director Simon Mallett.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposal with Rozsa Foundation staff prior to application to ensure program fit and maximize the chance of success. For further information on this or any other of the Rozsa Foundation's Granting Streams, please call or email Simon Mallett.

Organizations are only eligible to submit to one grant stream per application deadline.

For further information about Foundation grants:

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

For further information, please call or email:
Simon Mallett, Executive Director

Rozsa Foundation
cSpace King Edward
Suite 490
1721 29 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2T 6T7

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta: Calgary and the surrounding area (including Rocky View County, MD Foothills, Banff, Canmore, Drumheller, and Rosebud);


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