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Grants to Alberta Nonprofits, Businesses, and Community Groups to Support Local Public Events and Ensure COVID-19 Safety

Downtown Festivals and Events Grant

Edmonton Downtown Business Association (EDBA)


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #140592

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $1,000 and grants of up to $5,000 to Alberta nonprofit organizations, businesses, arts societies and collectives, and community groups to support public events, including Coronavirus (COVID-19)-related safety requirements in eligible locations. Funding may be requested for core staging costs for single-day and multi-day events. Eligible events include tours and educational events, performances, art installations, and parades. Events must take place in Downtown Edmonton, within the DBA’s borders.

The 2022 Downtown Festivals and Events Grant supports events that bring vibrancy to the core in safe, thoughtful, and innovative ways through two funding streams: Small-Scale Events & Large-Scale Events. The hope is that the community can all work together to elevate the Downtown experience for everyone. 

Funding will be prioritized towards applicants who can demonstrate that their events will play a pivotal role in bringing back vibrancy to Downtown Edmonton and supporting Downtown businesses. Applications that meet these guiding principles will be prioritized: public impact, artistic and cultural impact, and economic impact. 

Funding is available through two streams:

  • Small-Scale Events: Awards are available for eligible one-day, in-person events.
  • Large-Scale Festivals: Awards are available for multi-day, in-person events.

Fund Objectives:

  • Foster vibrancy in the Downtown community and increase visitation to Downtown
  • Support Downtown businesses and increase revenue for Downtown businesses
  • Offer employment opportunities for Edmonton artists and other creatives
  • Support equity and diversity in the Downtown community

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program is available to support both small-scale events and large festivals operated by not-forprofit arts organizations, recognized arts societies and collectives, community groups, as well as small businesses who operate in the arts, culture & events space.

Non-profits can apply to both the Small-Scale and Large-Scale stream.
Only non-profit organizations can apply to receive funding in the Large-Scale stream.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines to Apply
- March 15 for events planned through to June 30, 2022.
- May 15 for events planned between July 1 through to August 31, 2022.
- July 15 for events planned between September 1 through to December 21, 2022.

Unless more information is required, funding decisions are communicated within 15 working days of the deadline.

For organizations applying to the Small-Scale Events stream, no more than two applications will be approved per year. A new application should be submitted for each event.

For organizations applying to the Large-Scale Events stream, no more than one application will be approved per year. A new application should be submitted for each event.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Small Scale Events: Awards of up to $1,000 are available for eligible one-day, in-person events.
- Large-Scale Festivals: Awards of up to $5,000 are available for multi-day, in-person events.

- Edmonton-based registered not-for-profits have a total funding limit per organization of $5,000.
- Other Edmonton-based organizations have a total funding limit of $2,000 per organization.

Term of Contract:

For eligible events planned to take place before the end of 2022.

Contact Information:

Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfbfC7_CjW0Fkq-A9pwgXgHzTV3aAGfQ2RRa1UjFirZcvKefA/viewform

For more information please email jmpeverett@edmontondowntown.com

Downtown Business Association
10104 103 Avenue, Suite 202, Bell Tower
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 0H8
Phone: (780) 424-4085

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