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Grants to Alberta Arts Nonprofits for Sustainability and General Operating Expenses

Provincial Arts Service Organizations Operating Funding


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Funding Source
Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA)
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Geographic Focus
Canada: Alberta;

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/01/24 11:59 PM Mountain Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to Alberta nonprofit arts organizations for general operating and other eligible expenses. First-time applicants must contact the program staff three months prior to the deadline and register online at least five days before the deadline. Funding is intended for member-based arts organizations that provide educational, resource-based, promotional, and advocacy services as the umbrella organization for an artistic discipline or sector in the province.

AFA operating funding typically supports expenses such as:

  • Administration
  • Programming
  • Salaries and fees
  • Maintenance of equipment and fixed assets
  • Promotion
  • Other expenses as required to fulfill your organization’s mandate


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for Provincial Arts Service Organizations operating funding, you must:
- Have the promotion of an artistic discipline or sector as your organization’s principal mandate as stated in its incorporation documents
- Engage in on-going development of, support for, and advocacy on behalf of that discipline or sector as its core primary activity
- Serve a province-wide membership of both individuals and organizations
- Derive revenue from sources other than the AFA
- Maintain a provincial office with staff that is accessible to the membership
- Engage in regular communication to the membership
- Offer regular programs and development opportunities for the artistic discipline or sector
- Advocate at the provincial level on behalf of the artistic discipline or sector

Your organization must:
- Be a not-for-profit organization
- Be registered and in good standing under the appropriate legislation and have been in operation in Alberta for at least two years
- Have at least 50% of the organization’s board members living in Alberta
- Employ an Executive Director or equivalent
- Demonstrate the ability to operate using good governance principles, effective administration practices, and a commitment to fiscal responsibility while maintaining its mandate
- Operate as a stand-alone arts organization at arms-length from municipalities, commercial enterprises, or organizations and institutions receiving annual operating funds from the Government of Alberta or its affiliates
- Comply with all Canadian Arts Database (CADAC) financial and statistical requirements
- Have a board-approved cash reserve policy

Ineligible expenses for AFA operating funding include, but are not limited to:
- Alcohol
- Amortization
- GST expenses
- Fundraising expenses
- Bad debt and other paper losses
- Capital expenses

Pre-Application Information
- Application Deadline: February 1, 2024 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time
- Grant recommendations are made to the AFA board of directors. Successful recipients will be notified upon board approval, generally between four to six months from the application deadline.

- If this is an organization’s first application for AFA Provincial Arts Service Organizations operating funding, the applicant must contact the AFA at least three months before the deadline for a preliminary eligibility assessment.

- Eligible first-time applicants will be accepted only at the beginning of each three-year cycle.

- First-time applicants will require a GATE username and password. Contact the Foundation via email at least five business days prior to the application deadline.

More information and FAQs:

Estimated Size of Grant
Funding awarded through this opportunity is calculated for each organization through two components:
- A base amount of up to $50,000 for operating expenses
- An additional amount of up to 50 per cent of eligible expenses
Note: Recommended additional amounts are determined within the context of total available funds within the allocated Provincial Arts Service Organizations program budget.

Term of Contract
This grant provides funding in three-year cycles.

Contact Information
Online application system:

To contact the Foundation regarding online registration please email:

Brenda Hennig, Arts Development Consultant
T: 780-415-0285

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts
10708-105 Ave,
Edmonton, AB, Canada, T5H 0A1
(toll-free within Alberta by first dialing 310-0000)

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