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Provincial Arts Service Organizations Operating Funding | Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA)


This opportunity is calculated for each organization through two components: a base amount of up to $50,000 for operating expenses; an additional amount of up to 50 per cent of eligible expenses


Provincial Arts Service Organizations Operating Funding provides funding in three-year cycles to eligible member-based arts organizations that provide educational, resource-based, promotional and advocacy services as the umbrella organization for an artistic discipline or sector in the province.

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for Provincial Arts Service Organizations operating funding, you must:

  • have the promotion of an artistic discipline or sector as your organization’s principal mandate as stated in its incorporation documents
  • engage in on-going development of, support for, and advocacy on behalf of that discipline or sector as its core primary activity
  • serve a province-wide membership of both individuals and organizations
  • derive revenue from sources other than the AFA
  • maintain a provincial office with staff that is accessible to the membership
  • engage in regular communication to the membership
  • offer regular programs and development opportunities for the artistic discipline or sector
  • advocate at the provincial level on behalf of the artistic discipline or sector

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
  • employ an Executive Director or equivalent
  • 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
  • comply with all Canadian Arts Database (CADAC) financial and statistical requirements
  • have a board-approved cash reserve policy

Eligible Expenses

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

Deadline Date

February 1, 2024


Contact Name: Brenda Hennig, Arts Development Consultant - Literary Arts/Film & Video

Phone Number: 780-415-0285

E-mail Address:


Industry: Arts and Culture, Location: Alberta ,
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