About the Foundation

The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation is a public trust agency established in 1973 as a provincial agency and corporation of the Government of Alberta. The Foundation is the principal heritage support agency of the Government of Alberta.


  • Image of a Burmis tree
    The Burmis tree

    Officially launched on October 25, 2018, the Foundation’s new logo features the famous Burmis tree. The tree, located in Crowsnest Pass, is between 600 and 750 years old, with roots that predate European arrival in Alberta. Though the tree is not living, it is a symbol of remarkable resilience. Over the years, community members have come together to repair damage to the tree and ensure it remains standing as a demonstration of pride in their community and its history. Over time, the Foundation’s focus has evolved and expanded beyond the early settlement period of Alberta to the exploration and sharing of Alberta’s diverse history. The new logo helps to convey the role of heritage preservation in building strong and inclusive communities, and represents the Foundation’s role in promoting public interest in preserving and appreciating Alberta’s deep history.


The purposes of the Foundation are stipulated in the Historical Resources Act. The Foundation is responsible for:

  • providing grants and technical assistance to heritage projects
  • making decisions on geographic names
  • hearing representations by any interested persons respecting the designation of historic resources
  • any other activity deemed appropriate by the board to enhance the preservation appreciation of Alberta’s heritage

The mission of the Foundation is to encourage initiatives that preserve and interpret Alberta’s heritage.


The Foundation consists of the Board of Directors (PDF, 351 KB) who are accountable to the Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women. The Historic Resources Management Branch of Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women provides professional, technical and administrative support.

Compensation disclosure

Public sector bodies are required to post online the names and compensation paid to all board members. This is a requirement under the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act. The postings are required by June 30 each year and will be maintained for 5 years.

Compensation disclosure file

Download the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Board Honoraria (CSV, 5 KB).

Programs and activities

The Foundation supports heritage through a number of programs and by providing funding to heritage organizations.

Heritage Preservation Partnership Program

This Heritage Preservation Partnership Program administers the following grants and scholarships:

Organizational support

Annual funding to five provincial heritage organizations and the Glenbow Museum:

Other activities


Heritage Note Series


To contact the Program Coordinator:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-431-2305 (in Alberta)
Toll free: dial 310-0000 before the number
Email: carina.naranjilla@gov.ab.ca
Fax: 780-427-5598

Old St. Stephen’s College Building
8820 112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2P8