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Cultural Development Grants

Grants to Medicine Hat, Alberta Organizations
for Cultural Events in the Local Community

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City of Medicine Hat - Arts and Heritage Advisory Board (AHAB)

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Grants to Medicine Hat, Alberta organizations for cultural festivals, exhibitions, performances, and activities. Applications are invited for programs that encourage community participation, express the unique character of the city, and enhance a sense of community belonging. Funding may be requested to support existing activities or to initiate new activities.

Community cultural events should evoke a celebratory feeling, be innovative and entertaining and encourage the following: celebration of community spirit, achievement and congregation; a representation of the City’s diversity; awareness of local and visiting talent, expression, and uniqueness, and the appreciation of arts and culture, heritage and community pride.

Special Cultural Events Assistance Grants are not intended to provide continuing support to organizations indefinitely. Applicants are encouraged to develop a diverse funding/income base and seek self-sufficiency as evidence of a sustainable activity. The program is intended to encourage the development of event capacity, organization efficiency and best practices.

Board Objectives:
-Encourage the active use of leisure time for the betterment of individuals and the community.
-Encourage events and activities that benefit the cultural and artistic community as well as the community at large.
-Recognize and acknowledge the effort necessary for attaining excellence.
-Promote Medicine Hat as a vibrant and healthy community.
-Promote cultural opportunities vital to the well-being, quality of life and prevention of social problems.
-To provide assistance and/or encouragement to groups and organizations that sponsor special events of a cultural nature.
-Encourage participation by all members of the community.
-Emphasize the community spirit of the citizens of Medicine Hat.

Project Grant Types:

Special Cultural Events:
A cultural activity, festival, exhibition or performance that involves or impacts the public in a positive, worthwhile and meaningful manner. These events are open to the public with typically free admission.

A cultural activity which provides opportunities to engage in challenging displays of ability. The sanction of a recognized provincial, national or international governing body through an invitation to complete or host is requested.

The event must be accessible to the public regardless of age, creed or religion. The event must involve a significant number, either directly or indirectly, of the City’s population.

Funds can be used for:
i. Advertising
ii. Entry/Registration Fees
iii. Equipment Rental
iv. Food & Beverage Supplies
v. Honorariums vi. Insurance
vii. Materials/Supplies
viii. Royalties
ix. Travel & Accommodation
x. Venue Rental

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169880

Estimated Size of Grant:

Subject to approval, grant amounts may be limited to a maximum of $1,000 for events, and $500 for competitions.

Term of Contract:

Applicants are reminded that all grants are awarded on a year-by-year basis and are not to be seen as an automatic ongoing source of funding.

The event or competition must be completed by December 31st in the year in which the grant is awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Special Cultural Events Assistance Grants provide funding to eligible organizations in Medicine Hat.

Applicant(s) must be a resident of the City of Medicine Hat for the past 6 months.

Applicants cannot apply to more than one City of Medicine Hat Advisory Board source for the same event or competition.

Funds can NOT be used for:
i. Capital expenditures, such as the purchase of equipment which remains with the applying group;
ii. Alcoholic beverages; or
iii. Sale of books, CDs, art pieces, merchandise and other items where personal monetary gain may be realized.

Pre-Application Information:

Preference will be given to competitions, events/projects that also have support from other sources.

There are 2 intakes for applications per year. The deadlines for applications are:
-January 15th
-May 15th

Please note that if the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, applications and any support material may be delivered or postmarked on the next business day.

The application must be received prior to the start of the event or competition.

Applicants will be notified within 60 days of the grant deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Applications can be dropped off or mailed to:

Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
401 First Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8W2

Grant Coverage Areas:

City of Medicine Hat

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta