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Magazine Publishers Operating Grant:


Eligible organizations may receive no less than a minimum of $5,000 or more than a maximum of $125,000.


The grant is intended to increase the financial viability and business growth of the Alberta magazine publishing industry, while still recognizing the cultural importance of the industry as a whole.

Eligible Applicants

To be considered eligible, your organization must be primarily involved in the production of magazines. Your organization must also:

  • be registered and in good standing in accordance with the appropriate provincial legislation
  • have been in operation in Alberta for at least 12 months prior to application date and have completed one full publishing schedule prior to the application date
  • be at least 51% majority owned by an Albertan or Albertans, and the effective managerial and editorial control of the magazine resides with persons who are residents of Alberta
  • produce magazines and digital magazines by individuals other than the organization’s principals, board members or stakeholders; with published editorial content from more than one person
  • be primarily engaged and generate earned revenues aside from any government sourced funding
  • present fair compensation for editorial content from more than one person
  • be physically located in Alberta
  • have editorial policies and decisions that are in the sole control of an editor or editorial board
  • have a clear distinction between editorial content and advertising
  • present products that clearly display a masthead or contact page that includes, at minimum, the names of the publisher and editor in addition to the postal address for the publication
  • contain at minimum, an average of 80% original Canadian editorial content. Content curated, syndicated reproduced or paid for by a third party (commonly known as advertorial) is not considered original editorial content for the purposes of this program

Magazine eligibility

Print issues

  • Be a minimum of 24 bound pages in length on average for published issues.
  • Have a publicly accessible distribution network – for example, subscriber list, newsstand, tourism outlets.
  • Have a minimum print run of 500 copies.
  • Publish at minimum 2 issues per year to a maximum of 52.

Digital issues

  • Be a destination for users or readers rather than an e-newsletter, RSS feed or similar.
  • Publish under a common title, with an established publishing calendar.
  • Archive a substantive amount of content, which can include articles, videos, photos, infographics etc., as sequential, issue-based.
  • Maintain a regular publishing schedule in which the majority of editorial content changes, at minimum, twice during a 12-month period.
  • Be able to demonstrate readership using a verifiable method identified by the publisher, specific to the publication. Publishers may be asked for verification.
  • Maintain circulation at one of the following levels over the most recent 12-month period:
    • open-access, web-based service: maintain a minimum of 5,000 unique monthly visitors
    • closed-access (subscription, paywall): maintain a minimum of 200 active subscribers

Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses for core funding include all normal operating expenses, including but not limited to:

  • administration and programming fees
  • salaries for permanent employees
  • fees for artists or persons under contract
  • repairs and maintenance of equipment and fixed assets
  • renting facilities used in production and presentation programming

In addition to regular core operational activities, specific business development activities are included as eligible activities. Applicants may utilize up to 20% of their approved grant for business development activities. This includes initiatives that increase revenues, contribute to growth in terms of business expansion, and increase profitability by building strategic partnerships and making strategic business decisions.

Deadline Date

  The intake period is open from April 1 to June 1 annually.


Contact Name: Cultural Industry Grants

Phone Number: 780-422-8584 or 310-0000 (toll-free)

E-mail Address:


Industry: Arts and Culture, Location: Alberta ,
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