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Festivals and Events Subsidy Program

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The City of Calgary is committed to supporting festivals and events in the vital and essential role they play in enhancing quality of life and creating complete communities.

Calgary's festivals and events community had tremendous success in 2015 with the addition of 44 new events becoming eligible to receive subsidy. The City also supported 96 returning events, so all told 140 festivals and events received City support. These events play an important role in the city’s exceptional growth as an active, vibrant and creative city.

2016 FESP

  • All applications will be reviewed by the Event Advisory Committee to determine eligibility for subsidy. Events will receive a percentage of their city service costs covered by subsidy as determined by their subsidy application score.

2016 Subsidy Application

The deadline for 2016 Subsidy Applications has now passed. Thank you to all who applied.

For more information on the Festivals and Events Subsidy program, read the Festivals and Events Subsidy Application Guidelines.

More information

For more information on event planning, visit planning festivals and events.

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