Community Performing Arts Organizations Operating Grant Program

Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Relevent Country: Canada

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts is seeking applications for a Community Performing Arts Organizations Operating program to provide annual grant program to eligible not-for-profit community organizations that self-create and self-produce performing art productions.

What does this grant supports?

  • This funding is designed to support your organization’s operations, which are specific to your organization’s mandate, strategic and/or business plan and activities as described in your application and/or reporting.
  • AFA operating funding typically supports expenses such as:
  • administration
  • programming
  • salaries and fees
  • maintenance of equipment and fixed assets
  • promotion
  • other expenses as required to fulfill your organization’s mandate.

Eligibility Criteria

  • To be eligible for Community Support Organizations operating funding, you must:
  • have programming in artist support and development, artist training or public participation in the arts as your organization’s principal mandate as stated in its incorporation document

Your organization must:

  • be a not-for-profit organization
  • be registered and in good standing under the appropriate legislation and have been in operation in Alberta for at least two years
  • have at least 50% of the organization’s board members living in Alberta
  • demonstrate the ability to operate using good governance principles, effective administration practices,and a commitment to fiscal responsibility while maintaining its mandate
  • operate as a stand-alone arts organization at arms-length from municipalities, commercial enterprises, or organizations and institutions receiving annual operating funds from the Government of Alberta or its affiliates.

First-time applicants

  • If this is your organization’s first application for AFA Community Support Organizations operating funding, you must contact the AFA at least three months before the deadline for a preliminary eligibility assessment.
  • As a first-time applicant, your organization must provide approved financial statements that demonstrate the organization has positive net assets for the two annual fiscal periods immediately prior to application.