COVID-19 Programming Cancellation Grant



In partnership with Calgary Foundation.


The Rozsa Foundation recognizes the immense pressure that COVID-19 has placed on the arts community as restrictions on gatherings have largely severed streams of revenue for arts organizations and artists. Some arts organizations were particularly hard hit, having already incurred many costs for cancelled programming, then paying out contract artist fees on top of those costs.


The Rozsa Foundation is offering support to these impacted organizations through grants of up to $10,000 for organizations with an operating budget up to $1 million, or up to $20,000 for organizations with an operating budget above $1 million. These grants will help to cover the cost of artist fees paid out to those whose contracts unfortunately had to be terminated due to COVID-19 related cancellations between March and June 2020. These funds can either be used to pay contractual obligations to artists who have not yet been paid or to restore funds already used to pay artists.


We expect the demand to far outweigh the funds available, and so we encourage organizations to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the available pool of funds is depleted.


Additionally, while we recognize that funds are tight for all organizations right now, we respectfully ask that organizations approach this grant with the spirit of goodwill and only request assistance for what they need, so that we may support as many organizations as possible.


We will attempt to make decisions on applications within 72 hours of the receipt of your application and disburse funds to your organization shortly thereafter.


There will not be a formal final report required, however, the Rozsa Foundation will reach out to you later this year to request a brief testimonial on the benefit provided by the Rozsa Foundation funding.



The following eligibility requirements apply:

  • 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.

  • You must not have received emergency funding support from Calgary Arts Development’s COVID-19 Short-Term Relief Funding program or Calgary Foundation’s Pandemic Recovery Program.

  • Our investment is limited to arts organizations 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 directly benefit the Calgary arts community. Unfortunately, organizations operating in Edmonton that are not provincial in scope are not eligible.



All applications are made online by clicking the "Apply" button below. Once submitted, online applications will receive a prompt reply to acknowledge receipt, and we will contact you to request clarification or additional information if necessary. You can expect to hear from us within 72 hours whether we are able to support your grant request.


The Rozsa Foundation acknowledges that for some equity-seeking organizations, systemic barriers to equity exist when it comes to the grant application process. If this is the case for your organization, we invite you to call or email Executive Director Simon Mallett at 403-889-0760 or to discuss your application, so that we may seek ways to provide additional supports.


So that organizations can prepare their applications, the application form will ask applicants to address the following questions.


  1. Briefly, describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your organization’s scheduled programming. What have you cancelled? Postponed? What are you uncertain of? And what impact has that had in terms of cancelling artist contracts?

  2. Briefly, describe the anticipated impact of COVID-19 on your organization over the next several months. What are your plans to move forward at this point?

  3. Briefly, describe the financial state of your organization, both before and in the midst of COVID-19. Do you have reserves in place? What other COVID-19 funding have you or do you plan to access?

  4. Using the template provided, please provide us with a list of artistic contracts you’ve had to cancel due to COVID-19, along with what scheduled programming they were contracted for, and the amount of the payment made to the artist. Please note, we are requesting the amount actually paid out, not what the full amount of the contract would have been (though they may be the same).

  5. Please attach your organization’s most recent financial statements.

A Few Clarifying Points:

  • We do not require the names of the artists whose contracts were cancelled, you can list them by the nature of their contract and indicate if there were multiple folks in the same role, i.e. Actor X 3, Workshop Facilitator, etc.


  • We are only able to support fees that are contractually mandated to be paid in the event of cancellation. We cannot support the cost of paying out contracts in full unless that is a stipulation of the contract.


  • Work that was postponed rather than cancelled, and which did not require cancellation payments to artists, should not be included in your list.

  • We recognize that many other costs are incurred around cancelled programming, we are only looking for information related to monies paid directly to artists at this time.


  • Salaries for ongoing artistic staff are not eligible, as subsidies are available from the federal government through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program and should be accessed if possible.


Please contact Executive Director Simon Mallett at with any questions you may have.

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