Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Grants to Alberta Nonprofits, First Nations, Health Foundations, and IHEs to Promote Equity Through the Arts

Organization Activation Projects Funding


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA)
Array ( )

Geographic Focus
Canada: Alberta;

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/01/23 11:59 PM MT Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $20,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to Alberta nonprofit organizations, First Nations, health foundations, and IHEs to promote diversity and equity through the arts. Applicants must complete the required registration prior to applying. Funding is intended to nurture Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility through arts-related programming by Indigenous, visible minorities, or deaf and disability artists to engage audiences in and through the arts.

This grant supports:

  • Projects for creative development and artistic presentation that accommodate and encourage diversity in the arts through projects that promote:
    • Equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) of artists, and audiences
    • Innovative artists practises that blend artistic practises and disciplines in novel ways
    • Innovative artistic practises that bring together artists from different backgrounds
  • Activities that foster trust, dialogue, curiosity, and sense of belonging through the arts by projects that promote novel artistic presentation. This includes projects that:
    • Promote dialogue, trust, sense of belonging, and empathy among audiences
    • Promote opportunities for Indigenous, visible minorities, or deaf and disability artists to be the primary voice engaging audiences through artistic presentation
    • Identify and address inequities in the arts sector in terms of access, participation and outcomes
  • Examples include, but are not limited to, projects that:
    • Create a theatre production that explores the experiences of marginalized communities
    • Create a dance performance that celebrates diversity and promotes understanding
    • Host a visual arts exhibition that highlights the work of underrepresented artists
    • Create a concert series that showcases diverse musical genres and artists
    • Host a writing workshop that focuses on the voices of historically marginalized communities
    • Commission a visible minority artist to create a new piece of work
    • Contract ASL or audio description services for live/streamed performances, for language translation services

Eligible project expenses include any combination of the following:

  • Costs associated with the above listed activities over and above normal operations
  • Venue and equipment rental costs
  • Event or activity marketing and promotion costs
  • External consultation, contract costs, commissioning fees, and artist fees associated with project execution
  • Other expenses considered by the AFA to be reasonable and necessary


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be one of the following:
- Not-for-profit organization, registered and operating in Alberta for at least one year, and in good standing under the appropriate legislation
- First Nation or Metis Settlement in Alberta
- Foundation established and regulated under Alberta’s Regional Health Authorities Act
- University, college, or institute as recognized under Alberta’s Post-Secondary Learning Act

Eligible organizations must also:
- Have at least 50% of the organization’s board members living in Alberta.
- Deliver public arts and cultural programming in one or more of the following areas:
∙ Self-created and self-produced work for public presentation in any arts discipline
∙ Artist support, development, and training
∙ Artistic presentation and public participation in any arts discipline that is open and available to the general public
∙ Indigenous arts, culturally diverse arts programming, and arts programming that supports traditionally underserved communities
- 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 prior to application.

Ineligible applicants are:
- Municipalities
- Commercial enterprises or for-profit organizations or companies
- Schools
- Organizations that are not arm’s length from municipalities, commercial enterprises, or schools
- Organizations that engage primarily in competition-based activity
- Organizations that do not meet the eligibility criteria in the section above
- Organizations with overdue or incomplete accounting/reporting with the AFA or the Ministry of Culture and Status of Women

Ineligible projects
- Activities eligible for funding, or already funded by, other AFA project grant programs, including programming that is part of an applicant organization's ongoing normal operations or artistic programming.
- Activities undertaken before an application is submitted to this project grant stream; projects must not start before the application is received by the AFA
- Post-secondary institution projects for curriculum-based or academic purposes
- Programs for core delivery of education, health and wellness, and social services
- Activities in the areas of 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
- 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

Additional expenses and activities that are ineligible for funding include:
- Permanent or existing staff positions, including prorated salaries or time of existing staff allocated to the project
- Expenses typically associated with regular or ongoing operations or programming
- Capital expenditures for the purchase of buildings or property or for capital development such as construction or renovations
- Capital expenditures for purchase of office furniture or equipment such as computers, technology, lighting, audio, etc. that can otherwise be rented and/or has a use beyond the life of the project
- Mortgage payments, amortization, or loan payments
- Bad debt, other paper losses, or debt reduction
- Expenditures already funded through other Government of Alberta grant programs

Pre-Application Information
- Application Deadline: December 1, 2023, no later than 11:59 pm Mountain Standard Time, unless the deadline falls on a statutory holiday or a weekend when it will be extended until the next working day.
- Applicants will be notified in writing of the result of their application within four months of the application deadline.

- Applicants may apply for up to 100% of eligible expenses that are verifiable and directly related to carrying out the proposed project.

The AFA does not accept:
- More than one application from an organization per deadline, either solely or as a partnership
- Multiple applications from separate organizations for aspects of the same project; projects involving multiple partners must be consolidated and submitted by one primary organization

- First-time applicants will require a GATE Front Office username and password. Requests must be received at least five business days prior to the application deadline.

- Two or more organizations that satisfy the eligibility criteria may apply to collaborate on a project. Multiple applications from separate organizations for aspects of the same project will not be accepted.

GATE Front Office User Guide:


Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum grant available will not exceed $20,000 for a single applicant organization, or $50,000 for partnership applications.

Contact Information
Online Grant Application System:

To obtain GATE login information, email:

Kari McQueen
Arts Development Consultant - Visual Arts and New Media
T: 780-415-0288

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

Grant News
Live Chat Chat Now