May 1, 2022

Alberta Culture Days Grant

Apply to become an official community celebration site during Alberta Culture Days.


Important Dates

The Alberta Culture Days grant is now open.

Alberta Culture Days will once again be celebrated from September 1 to 30, to align with and complement Month of the Artist.

National Culture Days will be celebrated from September 23 to October 16.



Alberta Culture Days funding assistance is designed to support Alberta Culture Days activities, events and promotions that engage public participation and inspire future involvement.

Alberta Culture Days will continue to take place throughout September, making it easier for community organizations to host online or small in person events.

If you require any assistance, contact us at 780-415-0281 or

Applicants must submit proposals according to the specifications and conditions set out in the grant program guidelines.

Alberta Culture Days celebration sites must:

  • provide culturally-related programming during the month of September:
    • Feature Sites – any 3 days during September
    • Host Sites – any 2 days during September
    • Pop Up Sites – any one day during September
  • ensure that all events and activities funded through the Celebration Site grant are free
  • provide a budget outlining estimated revenues (including in-kind and leveraged funds) and expenses

Note: funding for a successful Feature Celebration Site will only be granted once every 2 years.


Eligible applicants

The following organizations are eligible to apply for funding:

Community nonprofit organizations who are registered (and in good standing) under one of the following Acts:

  • provincial legislation (Alberta)
    • Agricultural Societies Act
    • Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act– Extra-Provincial Corporations*
    • Companies Act, Part 9 (Nonprofit Companies)
    • Libraries Act
    • Societies Act of Alberta
    • Special Act of the Alberta Legislature
  • federal legislation
    • Special Act of the Parliament of Canada
    • Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and must be registered in Alberta under the Business Corporations Act*
    • Income Tax Act (of Canada and operating in the Province of Alberta (Charities))
  • a First Nation or Metis Settlement in Alberta
  • a university, college, or institute as defined under Alberta’s Post-Secondary Learning Act

*Must have an Alberta-based address which must be regularly monitored by an active member of the organization.


Ineligible applicants

Municipalities are not eligible for funding but are encouraged to partner with an organization which meets the above criteria. The organization who meets the criteria will then act as the fiscal agent for the grant.

Eligible expenses

Selected applicants must allocate funding in one or more of the categories listed below:

  • artists fees, workshop fees, performance fees – funds can only be used to compensate Albertan artists
  • event and workshop materials – for example: paint brushes, paper, costume rentals, etc.
  • marketing and communications – for example: newspaper ads, graphic design fees, etc.
  • volunteer expenses – for example: t-shirts (for identification purposes only), refreshments while working at the event, etc.
  • food and beverage – note: alcoholic beverages and bar services are not eligible
  • honorariums, wages and contract wages agreements with cultural workers and artists who are not already employed as staff by the applicant organization – for example: ushers, stage managers, technicians, etc.
  • technology costs – for example: Zoom, WebEx, audio and visual technician services
  • equipment rental – for example: lighting, sound
  • venue rental – for example: any identified programming space
  • equipment rental – for example: lighting, sound, etc.