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Grants to Alberta Nonprofits, Churches,
Libraries, and IHEs for Specific Arts Projects

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Funding Source:

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Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA)

Deadline Date:

06/01/18 11:59 PM MT Receipt


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Alberta nonprofit organizations, churches, library boards, Indian Bands, Metis settlements, and postsecondary institutions for specific projects in the arts. New applicants must request registration for online grants system at least five days prior to the deadline. This funding stream also offers project support for leadership development, capacity building and partnerships that enhance the promotion and support of the arts in Alberta.

This program is open to all arts disciplines, including dance, film and video arts, indigenous arts, literary arts, music, theater, visual arts, and new media.

Eligible projects may be in one of the following areas:
-Strategic planning
-Audience development
-Administrative capacity building activities
-One-time partnership initiatives that do not support on-going administrative practices or programming
-Organization capacity-related research

Examples include, but are not limited to:
-Hiring an administrative or artistic intern for a season, as defined as a one-time opportunity, of no more than more than six months, for a recent or current student of a related course of study
-Audience development research project or survey
-Individual professional staff development
-Group training session or external consultant
-Partnership with another group to do an arts project outside of the normal scope of activity of both groups
-Partnering with one or more other arts groups to do a one off capacity project (for example, flex pass group subscription, joint marketing)
-One-time marketing project outside normal programming (for example, anniversary)
-Database creation

Organizations that do not receive AFA operating grant support may also apply for support for projects in the following areas:
-Art creation, production, and dissemination
-Research for art creation or production

Examples include, but are not limited to:
-Creating/producing activities such as putting on a show or curating an exhibition
-Commissioning an artwork
-Running one-off arts related classes/workshops (not ongoing)
-Hosting an artist in residence for a season
-Organizing a tour of a show
-Having a one-off art event to celebrate an anniversary
-Host an arts related conference

Eligible project expenses include any combination of the following:
-Costs associated with art creation and production
-Artists’ fees (including transportation, accommodation and subsistence) for presentations
-Costs for dissemination
-Costs of audience and market development
-Equipment rental costs
-Costs for staff professional development
-Costs for building organizational capacity
-Research costs and travel related to research on a specific art project
-Other expenses considered by the AFA to be reasonable and necessary

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172042

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant available will not exceed $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects of an ongoing nature are ineligible.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be one of the following:
-A not-for-profit organization
-Library boards
-Indian Bands as defined by the Indian Act R.S.C. 1985, C.1-5
-Métis Settlements recognized under the Métis Settlements Act R.S.A. 2000, C.M14
-Organizations registered under the Agriculture Societies Act
-Organizations recognized under the Post-Secondary Institutions Act (by Faculty or Department)

Eligible organizations must also:
-Be registered and in good standing in Alberta under the appropriate legislation, for at least one year prior to the deadline
-Have been in operation for at least one full year prior to the deadline
-Have at least 50% of the organization’s board members, or ruling council, living in Alberta
-Demonstrate adherence to good governance principles
-Efficient administration practices and commitment to fiscal responsibility
-Demonstrate financial stability, in the judgment of the AFA, for at least one year
-Operate as a stand-alone organization at arm’s length from municipalities, commercial enterprises or schools
-Carry out public arts programming in one or more of the following areas: self-created and self-produced work for public presentation in any arts discipline; artist support and development; artist training; public participation in the arts; culturally diverse arts programming.

Previous grant recipients must have met reporting requirements in order to be eligible to receive funding.

Two or more organizations that satisfy the eligibility criteria may apply to collaborate on a project. A partnership project must be submitted through one primary organization. The primary organization must designate the main contact for all requirements of the grant.

Partnership projects must demonstrate that:
-Control and responsibilities in the partnership are shared equally amongst all partners
-Knowledge and practices will be shared and exchanged for the benefit of all project partners
-The partnership results in activity that is beyond the normal programming of partnering organizations
-The project could not be otherwise completed without the existence of the partnership

Ineligible applicants are:
-Commercial enterprises
-Groups that are not arm’s length from municipalities, commercial enterprises or schools
-Organizations that engage primarily in competition-based activity

Additional expenses and activities that are ineligible for funding include:
-Projects of an ongoing nature
-Activities eligible for funding, or already funded by the AFA
-Curriculum-based activities
-Activity undertaken before an application is submitted to this project grant stream; projects must not start before the application is received by the AFA
-Permanent or existing staff positions
-Prorated salaries and/or time of existing staff allocated to project expenses
-Activities by applied arts (culinary, architecture, interior design, graphic arts, commercial photography, gaming, fashion design, etc.), commercial variety acts (face painting, balloon entertainers, fireworks/pyrotechnics, hypnotism, etc.), competitive performances and activities at social events

Ineligible project expenses include:
-Cultural industry activities (for example, book and magazine publishing, sound recording activities)
-Activities presented as part of primarily social events, including, but not limited to, fundraisers, rodeos, stampedes, grandstand performances, trade fairs, parades, meals, conventions, community dances, and student union cabarets
-Purchases such as buildings or property, or capital development such as construction or renovations
-Expenses for equipment, such as computers, software, cameras, lighting, audio equipment, etc that can otherwise be rented and/or have a use beyond the life of your project

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines are December 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018.

Applications are only accepted through the Grant Administration Tracking and Evaluation (GATE) online application system. Applications must be received through GATE no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on the deadline date, unless the deadline falls on a statutory holiday or a weekend when it will be extended until the next working day.

First-time applicants will require a GATE username and password. Contact the Foundation via email to obtain your GATE login information at least five business days prior to the application deadline. Your GATE user name and password will be sent to the email address provided.

Please give the system time to process your application so that the Foundation receives notification of your submission before the deadline falls. Applications received after 11:59 PM of the deadline date will be considered at the next deadline.

GATE will be temporarily unavailable for AFA clients to work on or submit grant applications from the evening of Friday, November 10 until the morning of Tuesday, November 14, 2017. More information about the scheduled outage may be found here:

All expert panel recommendations are reviewed by the AFA at their September and March board meetings.

Applicants will be notified in writing of the result of their application within six months of the application deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online through GATE:

To request GATE registration, send an email to:

Jason Flammia, Arts Development Consultant

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts
10708 105 Ave
Edmonton, AB
T5H 0A1

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