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2018 Festival Sponsorship Grant

Grants to Edmonton, Alberta Nonprofits for
Annual Festivals in the Downtown Area

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Downtown Business Association of Edmonton (DBA)

Deadline Date:

03/20/18 4:30 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to Edmonton, Alberta nonprofit organizations to host innovative yearly festivals that add excitement, cultural enrichment, and energy to the Downtown area. Funding is intended for community festivals that improve the business economy by attracting large crowds and creating tangible economic benefits, such as parking, restaurants, hotels, taxis, and entertainment. The funded festivals should have community support shown through continuous audience growth.

Downtown Community Criteria:
-The Downtown Business Improvement Areas (BIA) covers the areas from 95 Street to 111 Street and from 97 Avenue to 105 Avenue. To qualify for this grant the majority of your festival programming (at least 51 percent) must take place within these borders.
-The festival enhances the quality of life. Free programming is a plus.
-Use creative initiatives to involve members of the Downtown Business Association’s Core Crew Ambassadors.

The DBA’s definition of a festival is a recurring, non-profit, special event that takes place annually over a successive period of days; it presents an organized series of acts, performances or activities which center on one theme (often based in arts and/or culture) that is of interest and appeals to the general public. The event must be inclusive and be rooted in the local community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140592

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000 to $10,000. As a bonus the DBA will award up to $1,000 in prizes for the Best Written Grant and Most Creative Use of the Core Crew.

Term of Contract:

The festival should take place between April 1 and December 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Festivals run by registered nonprofit organizations with the majority of its programming taking place within the borders of the Downtown BIA (95 Street to 111 Street, and from 97 Avenue to 104 Avenue) may apply for funding.

Nonprofit Requirements:
-Sound fiscal management illustrated in a balanced budget.
-Budget has a stable funding base, derived from multiple sources in both the private and public sectors.
-Positive economic impact on the Downtown community and businesses — i.e. festival patrons spend money on things like parking, dining, shopping, etc.
- Illustrate financial growth through increasing sponsorships, revenue, and attendance.
-Can show and describe a tangible need for this grant.

Media and Communications Requirements:
-Festival has a solid communications plan, with media partnerships, an up-to-date website, print collaterals, and other promotional materials.
-Can show the festival drew editorial interest from current media outlets.

-The DBA does not fund one-day events, farmers’ markets, parades, industry events, tradeshows, or block parties.
-The DBA does not provide seed funding for first time festivals.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline is Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 4:30 PM. All applicants will be informed of the jury’s decision by Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Tailor your answers on the application form to the DBA. Cash prizes are awarded for the Best Written Grant and Most Creative Use of the Core Crew.

Note: The DBA cannot be your only source of funding. The budget must include funding from multiple sources in a mix of private and public sectors.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit a hard copy of the application to:

Downtown Business Association
10121 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton AB, T5J 4X6

Ian O’Donnell
Executive Director
(780) 426-8575

Grant Coverage Areas:

Downtown area of Edmonton. The Downtown Business Improvement Areas include the areas from 95 Street to 111 Street and from 97 Avenue to 105 Avenue.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta;

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