Government of Alberta - Alberta Historical Resources Foundation
Grants to Alberta nonprofits, corporations, churches, municipalities, schools and educational institutions, First Nations, and Metis settlements for the preservation and interpretation of the Province’s history. Applicants should discuss potential projects with program staff before preparing an application.
The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation is the principal heritage support agency of the Government of Alberta. The Foundation’s Heritage Preservation Partnership Program (HPPP) provides matching grants and scholarship funds to support initiatives that preserve and interpret Alberta's heritage.
Heritage Awareness Grants:
Heritage Awareness Grants provide funding to various forms of initiatives that preserve, interpret, promote awareness, produce new understanding or add to the knowledge base of Alberta’s history.
Eligible Projects and Expenses:
-Design, fabrication and installation of heritage markers, plaques, cairns, monuments, interpretive displays that provide substantial information about Alberta’s history. A copy of interpretive text must accompany the application.
-Production of multimedia or participatory projects that will promote awareness of Alberta’s history, such as historical videos, broadcasts, walking tours, plays and heritage component of websites. Content must be provided. Maintenance of websites not eligible.
-Delivery of public educational programs that will increase knowledge and understanding of Alberta’s history. Content of the program must be provided.
-Professional development opportunities within the field of heritage preservation such as attendance at workshops, seminars or conferences relating to the preservation and interpretation of historic, archaeological or palaeontological resources. Evidence must be provided that attendance is vital to the applicant’s career in heritage preservation.
-Projects that encourage public involvement in heritage preservation issues and promote knowledge about Alberta's history such as the organization and presentation of local or provincial workshops, seminars, conferences or lectures. National or international events that take place in Alberta will be reviewed on a case to case basis. Eligible costs include conference materials, speaker's honorarium and travel expenses.
-Costs associated with cultural protocol such as gifting to Elders and knowledge keepers and organizing sharing circles will be considered at standard Government of Alberta rates.
Publication Grants support the publication of books and other documents that preserve, interpret, promote awareness, produce new understanding or add to the knowledge base of Alberta’s history.
Eligible Projects and Expenses:
Eligible publications include books, non-promotional brochures and pamphlets and walking tour booklets. Online publications may also be considered.
The publication must have substantial Alberta heritage content. Brochures and pamphlets must be interpretive and educational rather than promotional.
Costs associated with editing, indexing, proofreading, photo permissions, design, layout and printing are eligible for funding.
Any concerns regarding the publication of sensitive cultural knowledge should be discussed with the Grant Program Coordinator.
Research Grants support research that will preserve, interpret, produce new understanding or add to the knowledge base of Alberta’s history.
Eligible Projects and Expenses:
Projects include research on Alberta heritage topics, oral history projects, building surveys and inventories and heritage management plans.
Eligible expenses and in-kind donations include those that are directly associated with research activities such researching, writing and editing of resulting manuscript, researcher’s travel expenses and materials/supplies.
Eligible travel expenses are for non-local travel only which includes meals excluding alcoholic beverages, mileage and accommodations.
Costs associated with cultural protocol such as gifting to Elders and knowledge keepers and organizing sharing circles will be considered at standard Government of Alberta rates.
GrantWatch ID#: 175357
Heritage Awareness Grants: The maximum matching grant is $15,000.
Publication Grants: The maximum matching grant is $10,000 for books and $3,000 for brochures and pamphlets.
Research Grants: The maximum matching grant is $25,000.
Grant recipients have three years from the date of grant notification, to claim their grant and complete the project. Grants that are not claimed within this three-year period will be de-committed and the file will be closed.
Eligible applicants include individuals that reside in Alberta or have a permanent Alberta address; and registered organizations in Alberta. These include nonprofit organizations, corporations, municipalities, churches, schools and other educational institutions, First Nations and Metis Settlements.
Ineligible applicants include provincial government departments, members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Friends organizations associated with government owned and/or operated historic sites and interpretive centers.
Heritage Awareness Grants - Ineligible Projects and Expenses
-Research or writing phases of the project
-Reunions, homecomings, anniversary celebrations and similar events that are not centrally focused on heritage preservation and appreciation
-Commemorative markers that contain limited interpretive content
-Murals (plaques or markers with historical information related to the mural may be eligible)
Publication Grants - Ineligible Projects and Expenses:
-Printers are not eligible to apply.
-Personal family histories
-Reprinting of publication already funded by the Foundation
-Preparing, compiling or producing the manuscript
-Researching, writing, marketing, promoting or distributing the publication
General Ineligible Projects and Expenses:
The following are in addition to the list of ineligible projects and expenses identified in each grant category. This is not an exhaustive list.
-Eligible projects and applicants eligible to apply for grants to the Provincial Heritage Organizations that the Foundation support (Alberta Museums Association, Archives Society of Alberta, Historical Society of Alberta, Alberta Genealogical Society, Archaeological Society of Alberta)
-Projects seeking debt reduction, such as repayment of loans or shortfall on completed projects
-Projects that have already been funded by the Foundation
-Books, equipment, such as cameras, computers and related hardware, tools, machinery
-Fundraising, administration, time spent preparing the grant application, planning or attending meetings, financial reporting and similar activities
-Expenses already incurred at the time the application was submitted
-Expenses that are not directly and solely for the project such as cost of utilities (telephone, internet, cell phone), use of office equipment and office space
-Expenses associated with volunteer appreciation such as gifts, thank you cards (however, honorarium; gifting to Elders and knowledge keepers are eligible)
-Hosting expenses (food and beverages), alcoholic beverages
-Subsistence costs/living expenses
This is a matching grant program. Applicants are required to contribute at least 50% of the eligible project value and may request funding of up to 50% of eligible project value, subject to the grant maximums.
Eligible project value consists of cash expenses and value of in-kind donations for labour, services and materials and equipment that are directly associated with the project.
Applicant contributions may be in the form of cash (own cash or donations) and in-kind donations (labour, services, materials and equipment).
Total provincial government funding is up to 50% of the eligible project value. Funds from other provincial government funding agencies that were awarded for the same project cannot be used as applicant’s matching contribution.
Grants of more than 50% of eligible project value may be awarded to nonprofit organizations that can demonstrate financial need.
Prior to applying, contact the program coordinator to check eligibility.
The application deadlines are the first working day of February and September. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications before the deadline.
Applicants are notified of the funding decision in writing, in June or July for February applications, and in December or January for September applications.
HPPP Guidelines for Heritage Awareness Projects:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Carina Naranjilla, Program Coordinator
Alberta Historical Resources Foundation
Old St. Stephen’s College Building
Edmonton, Alberta T5T 5W2