Training and Mentorship Incentive
Beginning in July 2023, eligible Alberta Made Production Grant (AMPG) applicants may be eligible to receive a top-up to the base grant amount for wages attributed to an approved mentor and trainee role through the newly created Training and Mentorship Incentive. As part of the AMPG program, the Training and Mentorship Incentive supports mentorship and knowledge transfer, with amounts of up to $35,000, or to a maximum of 7% of the total Alberta expenses for activities related to on-set training, job shadowing and mentorship. Details are included below and in the program guidelines.
- The July 2023 AMPG intake window is extended to July 31 to allow time to integrate the new initiative into application budgets, if desired.
- The first intake applicants are required to submit the supplementary form to the online grant application – Training and Mentorship Incentive Supplementary Application Form (PDF, 123 KB).
To address flat rate wages and the tracking of hours the following will be instituted:
- Hours do not need to be included in the application submission if not readily available.
- It will be the responsibility of the Trainee to track the hours worked per day.
- Upon completion of the production the authorized individual as determined by the applicant company, be it the Mentor or Production Manager, etc. will sign off to approve the hours worked.
- The Alberta Media Fund will use this to track the number of hours a trainee has worked in relation to the Training and Mentorship Incentive in total.
Application intake windows
- January 2 to 16
- July 2 to 31, 2023 (extended from July 16)
The grant assists Alberta producers to develop Alberta content. It also helps them attract and maintain skilled labour by providing employment opportunities for emerging talent and established industry professionals.
Recognizing that small-budget productions have different funding needs than large-budget productions, the grant provides funding to help productions manage their immediate cash flow needs via an interim payment.
The grant supports smaller productions as an integral piece of the overall industry ecosystem in Alberta by:
- promoting investment in the creation of smaller-budget productions by Alberta producers
- supporting Alberta creatives by providing specialized support for emerging and established producers working on smaller-budget productions
- providing cultural benefits to the province by supporting the creation of Alberta content and stories by Alberta companies
The grant covers 25% of eligible Alberta production costs to a maximum of $125,000. The program is competitive with a limited budget. Applications that most align with the intent of the program and ministry objectives will be awarded funding.
The Training and Mentorship Incentive is a top-up to the base AMPG amount up to $35,000, or to a maximum of 7% of the total Alberta expenses for activities related to on-set training, job shadowing and mentorship.
- Evaluation criteria (PDF, 60 KB) – April 2021
- AMPG Program Updates (PDF, 61 KB) – January 2023
- AMPG Reporting Deliverables and Reporting Companion Guide (PDF, 232 KB)
- Training and Mentorship Incentive Program Overview (PDF, 129 KB)
How to apply
Step 1: Review the guidelines
Review the Alberta Made Production Grant guidelines to ensure you understand the requirements.
Step 2: Create an online profile
Your login credentials will be emailed to you.
Step 3: Gather the required information and documentation
Step 4: Submit the online application
Your application and all supporting documents must be received through the Online Grant Application System.
Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on the day of the deadline. If the deadline falls on a statutory holiday or a weekend, it will be extended to the next working day at 11:59 pm.
Faxed, mailed, late or incomplete applications are not accepted.
- AMPG Budget (XLSX, 83 KB) – for new applications only
- AMPG Residency Declaration (PDF, 157 KB)
- Production Change Form (PDF, 138 KB)
- Mentorship Agreement Form (PDF, 575 KB)
After you apply
If your application is approved, you will be contacted to confirm you wish to proceed with the grant. Should you wish to proceed with funding, a grant agreement will be sent to you. The grant agreement will include a list of project deliverables and reporting requirements.
Applicants are responsible for tracking obligations outlined in the grant agreement and guidelines and must meet all reporting requirements. Failure to do so could result in termination of the grant agreement.
Applications are scored against a set of pre-established criteria. The criteria is listed in the Evaluation Criteria document (PDF, 501 KB).
The Training and Mentorship Incentive is assessed on meeting eligibility requirements and is not part of the evaluation for the base grant amount.
Funding is awarded to those projects that most closely align with the intent of the program and ministry objectives.
The minister has full discretion in funding decisions. All funding decisions are final and appeals are not accepted.
Applicants are eligible to apply for the instalment payment following completion of principal photography or the date listed in the Schedule 'C' of the Grant Agreement.
Login to the Online Grant Application System to complete your reporting.
To request the instalment payment:
- complete the GATE report
- attach the Completion of Principal Photography Form (PDF, 84 KB) – required for applications approved prior to July 2022 only
To request the final payment:
- complete the GATE report
- attach a copy of the updated AMPG Budget originally submitted
- attach a copy of the General Ledger
- attach the Final Project Declaration (PDF, 161 KB) – required for applications approved prior to July 2022 only
- attach the finalized Mentorship Agreement completed by the mentor and trainee, if applicable
- submit a copy of the final production
To obtain the Government of Alberta logo, you must email the program office directly.
Connect with the Alberta Made Production Grant program:
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