If you have not already done so, please begin by visiting the main Grants page to learn about

deadlines, eligibility, and the application process for the Rozsa Foundation Granting Program.

New for 2022: We recognize that individuals interested in a residency may be seeking to work with an arts organization that has IBPOC leadership, and that a suitable option may not be available within Calgary and the surrounding area. As such, Calgary and area-based arts leaders are now able to approach arts organizations who are registered charities located elsewhere in Canada to discuss the possibility of a residency. That host organization would then apply for the grant to host the resident in either a remote, in person, or hybrid residency. 


Friday, February 18th; Friday, May 6th; Friday, October 7th



Within the arts in Calgary, there is a sector-wide need to create pathways for Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour (IBPOC) leaders in all disciplines to advance their networks, experience, skills, and knowledge. 


In specific response to addressing that need, and as part of the Rozsa Foundation’s long-term commitment to strengthening the arts sector, we are proud to offer the Arts Leaders Residency Grant. This grant is to support mid-career IBPOC artists and arts administrators who aspire to leadership roles in the arts (Artistic Directors, Executive Directors, Curators, Managing Directors, etc.) to undertake a year-long residency with an existing arts organization. The organization will apply for the grant and use it exclusively to pay the wages of the resident, as outlined below.  


This grant stream supports a flexible approach to high-impact, leadership-focused learning, with direct mentorship from the artistic and/or executive leadership of the host organization. Organizations should ensure they have the ability and capacity to be able to support the resident in meeting their desired goals and can speak to the points and questions listed below.  


The careful and considered design of the residency, including responsiveness to the specific needs of the resident, deliberate cultivation of leadership skills, and benefit to the growth and learning of both the resident and organization are central to determining success in this grant stream. That said, it is important that the resident not be looked upon to single-handedly address shortcomings in the host organization’s equity, diversity, and inclusion work. 


The nature of this work will vary based on the resident and host organization, but should be centred on leadership-focused responsibilities such as programming and program development, strategic planning, partnership-building, casting, staff leadership and management, budgeting, working with the board, advocacy, and community relations, among others. 


We encourage interested applicants to approach organizations that can potentially meet your desired outcomes and encourage arts organizations to share this information with candidates who might be interested in a residency. 




The IBPOC Arts Leaders Residency Grant provides $20,000 to support a part-time position for one year. By design, this is intended to create a long-term relationship while leaving space for the resident to continue their existing artistic/ administrative practice outside of the host organization throughout the residency, as applicable.  


Host organizations are required to cover mandatory employment related costs (CPP, EI), and to provide additional wages to meet the scope of the designed residency, if necessary. The grant and the host organization’s contribution should provide a wage of at least $20-$25/hour. The total duration and number of hours should be co-designed to best meet the resident’s goals.  


Funds granted from this stream may only be used for a resident’s salary. No other costs, including mentoring fees or external professional development are eligible. The organization’s project budget (as part of the grant application) should illustrate the requisite mandatory employment related costs and any other additional investments in the residency.  


While certain artistic/creative duties are to be expected as part of the residency, if the host organization wishes to engage the resident as an artist on a specific artistic project, it is expected that they will be engaged on a separate artistic contract with remuneration, as appropriate. 


Similarly, if the resident is asked to perform duties in line with ‘cultural consultancy’, they should be engaged separately for that work and remunerated at an agreed upon rate. 


The resident has the right to pass on work that they deem harmful or consider harmful to other marginalized groups, as well as the right to privacy and freedom from reprisal for refusing such work.  



  • It is possible for multiple organizations to apply in partnership with one another if at least one of the partner organizations is IBPOC-led and a clear rationale of the benefit behind a shared residence is provided. Only the applicant organization needs to be a registered charity. 

  • The Rozsa Foundation will provide external mechanisms for addressing conflict resolution or mediation that arise as part of a residency to protect the resident from reprisal. 

  • The Rozsa Foundation will provide opportunities for residents to meet as a cohort, without organizational representatives, as well as to access other relevant networking opportunities. 

  • We also recommend building in some time to provide the resident access to their own networks and/or communities of support as a part of their work schedule. 

  • Residencies should be completed within eighteen months from notification of funding. 

  • As part of the final evaluation, the host organization will be asked to identify what learnings emerged from the residency that will be carried forward. 


When applying for a Residency Grant, the resident and the host organization(s) should collaborate to address the following in the project description: 


  • What are the resident’s goals over the course of the residency, and why does the resident feel the applicant organization is a good fit to support the realization of those goals? 

  • How will the residency help support the career goals and ongoing learning of the individual? (i.e. how will the residency develop transferable skills in the resident and how will the responsibilities of the resident evolve through the course of the residency?) 

  • What commitments has the organization made to address issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion within their organization, board, and staff? Have any training opportunities been sought? 

  • How will the organization ensure the safety & respect of the resident and what infrastructure exists in support of this? 

  • How will the residency contribute to the internal capacity, learning, and resiliency of the organization? 

  • What plans are in place to create a meaningful residency given the uncertain nature of in-person work in 2022? 

  • The organization should provide a residency plan, including who will be supporting & mentoring the resident in their work, and a proposed timeline and workload overview. The expectation is that the artistic and/or executive leadership of the host organization are the primary mentors throughout the residency. 



The Rozsa Foundation thanks and acknowledges the work of Jenna Rodgers for co-designing the IBPOC Arts Leaders Residency Grant as well as Naheyawin, Janelle Cooper, Wunmi Idowu, Toyin Oladele, Patti Pon, and other anonymous reviewers for providing feedback and input on the grant’s design. 


The intent is for this grant to be iterative in design, evolving based on the experience of applicants, residents, and organizations. If you have questions or feedback you would like to provide, please email Rozsa Foundation Grants Manager Ayla Stephen

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 email Grants Manager Ayla Stephen.


Learn more about organization eligibility on our main Rozsa Foundation Grants page.



Click on the button below to start your application. You will require an access code, which you can receive by emailing or Ayla Stephen. 

If you would like to work in a hard copy of the application as you prepare your submission, please download the Grant Application Template below. Please do NOT submit this form as your grant application. All applications must be made via the online form. 

All project budgets submitted must use the Rozsa Foundation Granting Program Budget Template (at the button below). Please complete the “Budget” column of the template.