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Original Peoples Investment Program │ Calgary Arts Development


Individual artists may apply for up to $15,000, artist collectives may apply for up to $20,000, and arts organizations may apply for up to $25,000. Total funding available for this program is $650,000.


The Original Peoples Investment Program (OPIP) supports the preservation and revitalization of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) art through art-based projects that are supported and validated by FNMI artists, community, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers. We recognize and support both traditional and contemporary Indigenous artists and arts practices.

Eligible Applicants

This program is open to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) artists and collectives and FNMI-led and FNMI-centred organizations practicing and operating in the Treaty 7 Calgary region working in any artistic discipline. It is also open to Treaty 7 First Nation artists practicing on reserve or operating within the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. Please note that this program cannot accept individual applications from arts administrators or cultural workers, and cannot support registered not-for-profit organizations or registered for-profit corporations or businesses.

Eligible Expenses

Applicants can apply for the research, creation, development, production, presentation or dissemination of artistic work. Applicants may also apply for professional, business or artistic career development projects. Projects may include experimentation or development of new or adapted approaches to practice. They may also include cross-sector collaboration, creative economy and neighborhood level initiatives as well.

Deadline Date

  Applications open: September 5, 2022; Application deadline: October 17, 2022.


Contact Name: Morgan Possberg, Indigenous Program Specialist

E-mail Address:


Industry: Arts and Culture, Indigenous, Location: Alberta ,
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