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Heritage Preservation Partnership Program (HPPP): Heritage Awareness Grants

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

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Government of Alberta - Alberta Historical Resources Foundation (AHRF)

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Grants of up to $15,000 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 should contact program staff before preparing an application. Funding is intended for a variety of initiatives that preserve, interpret, promote awareness, produce new understanding or add to the knowledge base of Alberta’s history. Projects must have substantial Alberta heritage content and will be assessed for their ability to interpret and promote Alberta’s heritage.

Eligible Projects and Expenses:
- Design, fabrication and installation of heritage markers, plaques, cairns, monuments, interpretive displays
- 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.
-Delivery of public educational programs that will increase knowledge and understanding of Alberta’s history.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 175357

Estimated Size of Grant:

Heritage Awareness grants provide matching grants of up to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Ineligible Projects
- Research or writing phases of the project
- Reunions, homecomings, anniversary celebrations and similar
events that are not centrally focused on heritage preservation and
- Commemorative markers that contain limited interpretive content
- Murals (plaques or markers with historical information related to
the mural may be eligible)

In-kind donations associated with ineligible expenses/tasks are not eligible as well.

For other ineligible projects and expenses, see:

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadlines are the first working day of February and September. Applicants should email the Program Coordinator for more information. 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.

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 labor, 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.

HPPP Guidelines for Heritage Awareness Projects:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Carina Naranjilla, Program Coordinator

Drop off, mail, or send applications by courier to:
Alberta Historical Resources Foundation
Old St. Stephen’s College Building
8820-112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5T 5W2

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Canada: Alberta