Experimentation Grants


The Rozsa Foundation recognizes that in the current economic context, arts organizations are attempting to realize their goals by experimenting with new approaches to producing work, resourcing that work and sharing it with audiences. In support of nurturing a culture of research and development in the not-for-profit arts community in Alberta, the Rozsa Foundation is proud to offer Experimentation Grants, supporting organizations as they begin to explore new business strategies, testing hypotheses that carry the potential for transformational impact.


Rozsa Foundation Experimentation Grants are designed to provide seed funding for a small-scale new test or experiment, supporting high-learning processes that address a clearly identified challenge facing the organization. These experiments should represent a fundamental shift in the way the organization has been working previously, testing a clearly-articulated hypothesis which, if proven to be correct, could have significant impact moving forward.


Rozsa Foundation Experimentation Grants are made in amounts up to $5,000 and are designed to support the initial stages of the experiment, promoting a low-risk environment in which to undertake new approaches to work in a manner that is safe-fail in nature, not fail-safe. It is possible for multiple organizations to apply in partnership with one another, so long as clear rationale of the benefit behind a shared experiment is provided.


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


  • What is the central question you are addressing through your experiment?

  • What key assumptions about your work, your organization or your audience are you challenging?

  • What is your hypothesis? (State clearly, "we suspect that if..., then...")

  • What do you hope to learn through this experiment?

  • How will you collect and analyze information that results from this experiment?

  • How is this experiment divergent from previous practice for your organization?

  • How might this experiment transform the way your organization does its work?

  • Has your organization done any other experimentation in this area?


We strongly encourage potential applicants 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 Executive Director Simon Mallett at 403-245-6063 or simon@rozsafoundation.org. Click on the button below to start your application. You will require a registration code, which you can receive by emailing simon@rozsafoundation.org.


NEW IN 2019: You will be asked to upload a project budget as part of your application. For all grant streams, you must use the Rozsa Foundation Granting Program Budget Template to submit your project grant, completing the BUDGET column of the template with figures as they apply to your grant request.

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