Heritage Awareness Grants

Heritage Awareness grants provide funding to various forms of initiatives that preserve, interpret, promote awareness, produce new understanding or add to the knowledge base of the Alberta’s history.

Matching grants are awarded up to 50% of eligible project value, up to $15,000.

Annual Application Deadlines

  • First working day of February (funding decision released in June or July)
  • First working day of September (funding decision released in December or January)

Guidelines and Application Form

Eligible Projects

  • 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.

Ineligible Projects and Expenses

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

Application Requirements

The application must include a Heritage Awareness Grant Application Form with a project plan, project budget and supporting materials. For a complete list of application requirements, refer to the application form.


Applications are assessed using a number of factors including: project approach and strategy, experience/qualifications of the project proponents and project budget.

The project must have substantial Alberta heritage content and will be assessed for its ability to interpret and promote Alberta’s heritage.

The level of funding will be further determined based on the grant program’s budget, the project’s individual merit and in comparison with the other projects.

Grant Payments and Reporting Requirements

Grants are paid by submitting full or partial claims. To make a claim, grant recipients are asked to submit progress reports, the Record of Cash Expenditures Form along with invoices/or receipts of project expenses.

The final claim will include a final report and project deliverables such as the photo of installed markers, copy of the video.

For more information contact Carina Naranjilla, Program Coordinator, Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.

Last reviewed/revised: August 15, 2017
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