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Community Investment Program (CIP) Arts Operating Grant - Professional Stream and Community Stream

Grants to Edmonton, Alberta Nonprofit Arts
Organizations for General Operating Support

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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City of Edmonton - Edmonton Arts Council (EAC)

Deadline Date:

12/01/17 11:59 PM


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Grants to Edmonton, Alberta nonprofits to support the general, day-to-day operating costs of the organization. Funding can include marketing and promotional expenses, artistic and administration budgets, and costs associated with the production of a program or season.

Organizations can submit applications to the Professional stream or the Community stream of the program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160320

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a Community Investment Program Arts Operating Grant, an organization must be a nonprofit society that has been registered as a nonprofit society for at least one year.

The primary activities of the organization must be in the arts and must take place within the corporate limits of the City of Edmonton.

Additionally, applicants should be advised that the grants are not intended to support organizations that are primarily training or educational institutions or that are affiliated with such institutions.

Organizations in arrears with the City of Edmonton at the date of application or have outstanding final reports are not eligible for funding through the Community Investment Program.

For the purposes of this program, professional organizations are considered to have the following general characteristics:

A. Pay the majority of their artists at professional fee standards (or close thereto).

B. Have at least one paid administrative staff (even if this person is part-time, seasonal, or contracted).

C. If a presenting organization, have a budget over $100,000 and have both items A. and B. above in place.

D. If an emerging arts organization, have begun to pay professional fees and has item B. in place.

E. If a Provincial Arts Service Organization (PASO), has a budget over $100,000 and has item B. in place.

If you are unsure of your status as a professional arts organization, please contact Stephen Williams.

If you are unsure of your status as a non-professional or community arts organization, please contact Justina Watt.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Edmonton Arts Council offers an information session/workshop on the grant application and grant review process to all applicants of this program.

Please call or email Justina Watt to arrange an individual appointment.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: December 1, 2017

When this date falls on a weekend, the deadline is the next business day.

Organizations in the Professional Stream of the CIP Arts Operating Grant program must register or be registered with CADAC (Canadian Arts Data/Donnees sur les arts au Canada). CADAC provides a way for arts organizations to submit financial and statistical information on a one-time yearly basis to a single data system that can be utilized by multiple funding agencies. Additionally, the system allows for statistical comparisons and trend analysis for both the funding agency and the applicant. Applicants should register with CADAC well before the December 1st deadline.

For more information on the registration process with the CADAC system, download the attached Guide to Registering with CADAC.

New applicants to the program that self-identify as being professional arts organizations should first check with Stephen Williams, Grants Director to determine whether they are eligible to apply to the Professional stream of this program.

The jury aims to have grant recommendations approved by Edmonton Arts Council Board of Directors by mid-April. Checks are normally in the mail by the end of May.

The EAC peer juries wish to recognize organizations that submit clear, informative, accurate grant applications. The jury may, at its discretion, award an additional $100 to the organization that submits the clearest grant application.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Stephen Williams, Grants Director
780-424-2787 ext. 225

To arrange an individual appointment for a grant information session:
Justina Watt
780-424-2787 ext. 243

Edmonton Arts Council
Prince of Wales Armoury, 2nd Floor
10440 108 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta, T5H 3Z9

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Canada: Alberta