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Grants to Alberta Nonprofits, For-Profits, Individuals, Agencies, Tribes, and Schools for Historic Preservation and Interpretation

Heritage Preservation Partnership Program (HPPP): Heritage Awareness Grants

Government of Alberta - Alberta Historical Resources Foundation (AHRF)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #175357

Grant Description

Grants of up to $25,000 to Alberta nonprofits, individuals, corporations, churches, municipalities, schools and educational institutions, First Nations, and Metis settlements for the preservation and interpretation of the province’s history. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to preserve, interpret, promote awareness, produce new understanding, or add to the knowledge of Alberta’s history.

The following projects and expenses may be covered by the grant:

  • Design, fabrication and installation of heritage markers, plaques, cairns, monuments, and interpretive displays that provide substantial information about Alberta’s history. A copy of the interpretive text must accompany the application.
  • Production of multimedia or participatory projects that will promote awareness of Alberta’s history such as videos, broadcasts, walking tours, plays and heritage component of websites. Content must be provided. The costs of maintaining websites is not eligible.
  • Delivery of public educational programs that will increase knowledge and understanding of Alberta’s history. Content of the program must be provided.
  • Attending professional development opportunities within the field of heritage preservation such as workshops, seminars or conferences on heritage preservation. Applicant must provide evidence that attendance is vital to his/her career in heritage preservation.
  • Organizing and presenting local or provincial workshops, seminars, conferences or lectures that encourage public involvement in heritage preservation and promote knowledge about Alberta’s history. Agenda and program must be provided.
  • Costs associated with cultural protocols such as gifting to Elders and knowledge keepers and organizing sharing circles. Costs should be budgeted at standard Government of Alberta rates.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants - The following applicants may apply for the grant:
- Individuals that reside in Alberta or have a permanent Alberta address
- Non-profit organizations
- Corporations
- Municipalities
- Churches
- Schools and other educational institutions
- First Nations
- Metis Settlements


Ineligible applicants:
- Provincial government departments and friends organizations associated with government owned or operated historic sites and interpretive centers.

The following projects are not eligible:
- Creation of digital archival materials, development of archiving finding aids and consolidation of archival materials from multiple repositories
- 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)
- Personal or family histories – Personal or family histories are generally ineligible for funding, unless the histories have broad relevance and substantially enrich our understanding of key themes in Alberta’s past or detail the experiences of individuals or communities poorly represented in the historical record.
- Projects and applicants eligible to receive support from the Provincial Heritage Organizations funded by the Alberta government, as follows: Alberta Museums Association, Archives Society of Alberta, Historical Society of Alberta, Alberta Genealogical Society, Archaeological Society of Alberta, Francophone Historical Society
- Projects seeking debt reduction such as repayment of loans or shortfall on completed projects
- Projects that have already been funded by the Alberta government

Ineligible expenses and tasks can be found at:

Pre-Application Information:

The annual application deadline is the first working day of February.

Applicants are generally notified of grant decisions in May or June.

Application Process:
- Step 1. Review the guidelines and application form.
- Step 2. Contact the program coordinator for more information.
- Step 3. Complete the application form and gather supporting documents.
- Step 4. Submit your application package.

Applicants are expected to contribute at least 50% of the total eligible project cost. Successful applicants will receive the full amount of their grant upon initiation of their project.

HPPP Guidelines for Heritage Awareness Projects:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Heritage Awareness grants provide matching grants of up to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Successful applicants will receive the full amount of their grant upon initiation of their project, and will have until February 28 of the following year to complete their project and submit reporting requirements.

Contact Information:

Carina Naranjilla, Program Coordinator

Drop off, mail, send by courier, or email your application to:

Heritage Preservation Partnership Program
Old St. Stephen’s College Building
8820 112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2P8

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