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Public Art Galleries Operating Funding | Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA)




This grant provides funding in three-year cycles to eligible professional organizations that program and display public exhibitions of visual arts.

Eligible Applicants

  • exhibit visual works of art and provide programs in the visual arts for the general public as your organization’s principal mandate as stated in its incorporation documents
  • engage in on-going development, implementation and promotion of visual arts programming as its core primary activity in an annual program for public presentation
  • operate a gallery and/or exhibition space that:
    • is accessible to the public for at least 1,000 hours each year
    • fulfill the minimum requirements for the security and presentation of exhibited work
  • employ at least one full-time equivalent administrative and/or artistic staff member responsible for planning and directing the gallery programs

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 three years
  • have at least 50% of the organization’s board members living in Alberta
  • contract with exhibiting artists and provide professional artists’ fees according to copyright legislation and schedules recommended by the Canadian Artist Representation Copyright Collective (CARCC)
  • demonstrate the ability to operate using good governance principles, effective administration practices, and a commitment to fiscal responsibility while maintaining an artistic 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 data 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

April 1, 2021


Contact Name: Kari McQueen, Arts Development Consultant - Visual Arts and New Media

Phone Number: 780-415-0288

E-mail Address:


Industry: Arts and Culture, Location: Alberta ,
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