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Grants to Alberta Agencies, IHEs, and First Nations for Public Cultural Events

Alberta Culture Days Grant

Government of Alberta - Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #158174

Grant Description

Grants to Alberta government agencies, IHEs, and First Nations to host public cultural events as part of a province-wide happening. Funding is intended to provide communities with the opportunity to experience and participate in cultural life. Events and programs will take place throughout September, making it easier for community organizations to host online or small in-person events (depending on federal or provincial health guidelines). All grant-funded events/activities must be free to the public.

Alberta Culture Days funding assistance is designed to support Alberta Culture Days activities, events, and promotions that engage public participation and inspire future involvement.

There are three distinct funding streams within the program:

  • Feature Celebration Site: Provides funding support to eligible nonprofit organizations that program three days of events;
  • Host Celebration Site: Provides funding support to eligible nonprofit organizations that program two days of events;
  • Pop Up Celebration Site: Provides funding support to eligible nonprofit organizations that program one day of events.

The program outcomes are to:

  • Ensure Alberta’s artists and community groups have the opportunity to engage new audiences and showcase their talents and programming on a provincial scale;
  • Promote the importance of culture as part of a prosperous and vibrant province; and
  • Ensure Albertans and visitors have access to a wide range of cultural experiences.

Selected applicants must allocate funding in one or more of the categories listed below:

  • Artists fees/workshop fees/performance fees (funds can only be used to compensate Albertan artists)
  • Event/workshop materials (for example, paintbrushes, paper, costume rentals, etc.)
  • Marketing and communications (for example, newspaper ads, graphic design fees, etc.)
  • Volunteer expenses (for example, t-shirts [for identification purposes only], refreshments, etc.)
  • Food and beverage (note: alcoholic beverages and bar services are not eligible)
  • Honorariums, wages, and contract wages agreements with cultural workers and artists who are not already employed as staff by the applicant organization (for example, ushers, stage managers, technicians, etc.)
  • Technology costs (for example Zoom, WebEx, audio/visual technician services); equipment rental (for example, lighting, sound)
  • Venue rental (for example, any identified programming space)
  • Equipment rental (for example, lighting, sound, etc.)

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following organizations are eligible to apply for funding:

Community nonprofit organizations who are registered (and in good standing) under one of the following Acts:

Provincial Legislation (Alberta)
1. Agricultural Societies Act
2. Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act- Extra-Provincial Corporations*
3. Companies Act, Part 9 (Nonprofit Companies)
4. Libraries Act
5. Societies Act of Alberta
6. Special Act of the Alberta Legislature

Federal Legislation
1. Special Act of the Parliament of Canada
2. Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and must be registered in Alberta under the Business Corporations Act*
3. Income Tax Act (of Canada and operating in the Province of Alberta (Charities)

- A First Nation or Métis Settlement in Alberta
- A University, college, or institute as defined under Alberta’s Post-Secondary Learning Act
*Must have an Alberta-based address which must be regularly monitored by an active member of the organization

Ineligible Organizations and/or Applicants
- Municipalities (Municipalities are encouraged to partner with an organization that meets the above criteria. The organization will act as the fiscal agent for the grant.);
- For-profit organizations/enterprises;
- Any other organizations not registered under one of the above-mentioned Acts;
- Organizations that have overdue or incomplete accounting/reporting relating to any grant previously awarded by Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women; and
- Individuals.

Program funding cannot be used for expenses related to:
- Capital expenses such as construction, renovations or repairs or purchase of major equipment such as computers, video camcorders, power tools, etc.;
- The purchase of alcohol;
- Activity that exclusively promotes definable religious or political viewpoints;
- Allowances, wages, or personal expenses for program registrants and participants;
- Salaries and expenses of existing staff of the applicant organization; and
- Office and administration fees including utilities, rent and/or rental of an applicant organization facility.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2020 Alberta Culture Days grant application is now open until May 7, 2021. Notification will be sent in June 2021.

Alberta Culture Days will be celebrated from September 1 to 30, 2021, to align with and complement Month of the Artist. National Culture Days will be celebrated from September 24 to October 24.

Due to the uncertainty about public gatherings, community organizers are encouraged to consider hosting Alberta Culture Days online as a way to safely reconnect with communities to celebrate arts and culture.

Alberta Culture Days grant program guidelines:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Feature Celebration Site: Up to a maximum of $10,000.
- Host Celebration Site: Up to a maximum of $5,000.
- Pop Up Celebration Site: Up to a maximum of $1,000.

Term of Contract:

- Feature Sites: Any 3 days in September
- Host Sites: Any 2 days in September
- Pop Up Sites: Any one day in September

Contact Information:

Email applications to

Alberta Culture Days 2021
Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism, and Status of Women
905, 10405 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4R7
Phone: 780-415-0281

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