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Through our Granting Program, the Rozsa Foundation supports Alberta-based arts charities to undertake organizational initiatives that harness the power of exploration, experimentation and innovation. The Rozsa Foundation offers grants to support planning, capacity building & leadership, organizational experimentation, and implementation of bold, forward-looking approaches to addressing current & future challenges.


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 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 403-245-6063 or simon@rozsafoundation.org to discuss your application, so that we may seek ways to provide additional supports to your organization.


Grants are awarded through one of six streams, each of which supports different types of initiatives and levels of funding:







We fund a wide range of performing, literary, visual and media arts organizations as well as festivals. The focus of our investment is in Calgary and the surrounding area, as well as to provincial organizations whose initiatives will directly benefit the Calgary arts community.


We accept grant applications throughout the year and typically make decisions three times annually, except for Action Learning Plan Grants, which are evaluated on an ongoing basis. Decisions are typically made within three weeks of the deadline date but may take longer from time to time. Organizations are only eligible to submit to one grant stream per application deadline.



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 our 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 us prior to beginning the application.




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 or to apply for any of the Rozsa Foundation's grant streams, please call or email Executive Director Simon Mallett at 403-245-6063 or simon@rozsafoundation.org.


All applications are made online by clicking the "Apply" button at the bottom of each granting stream page. You will require a registration code, which you can receive by emailing simon@rozsafoundation.org.


All project budgets submitted must use the ROZSA FOUNDATION GRANTING PROGRAM BUDGET TEMPLATE and complete the “Budget” column of the template.


Prefer working on a hard copy before submitting your application? Download a WORKING PDF HARD COPY of our grant application form. Please do NOT submit the PDF hard copy of your grant application. All applications must be made via our online forms.


Online applications will receive a prompt reply to acknowledge receipt, and we will contact you to request clarification or additional information if necessary. If you do not have some of the required documents, please contact us to discuss how to apply.




The Foundation does not fund administrative salaries (except under the IBPOC stream), 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, and it is our understanding that new activities may require additional administrative capacity, which is an eligible expense. We do not provide operating or undesignated funding, nor do we fund retroactively. If you are incurring costs before our decision meeting (typically three weeks after the deadline), the expenses may be ineligible.


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