French-Language Services grant

This federal-provincial cooperation agreement funds projects that provide a direct service to French-speaking Albertans.

Overview

Important dates

February 9, 2018: Deadline to submit an Intent to Apply Form

The Canada-Alberta Agreement on French-Language Services funds projects that develop, implement and improve French-Language Services in the province of Alberta.

Eligible projects can include:

  • informing French-speaking Albertans on government services, programs and resources
  • raising awareness and encouraging the preservation and promotion of francophone heritage
  • helping francophone organizations get appropriate resources for delivering services on behalf of the provincial government (including governance training, feasibility studies)
  • funding project-based service delivery initiatives on behalf of government in priority sectors
  • funding French translations of key Government of Alberta resources and materials

For more information, see:

Canada-Alberta Agreement on French-Language Services – Application Guidelines

Funding

  • This agreement provides seed funding for one year for eligible projects.
  • This agreement funds up to 50% of a project-based budget.
  • Funding must be matched by another provincial revenue source, such as:
    • funding from a Government of Alberta entity or agency
    • funding from Alberta municipalities or local governments
    • revenues generated provincially by the organization (sponsorships, donations, etc.)
    • tangible in-kind contributions
  • Funding for a second year can be considered if the organization submits a new application, and can prove that the same project is still in the development or start-up phase.
  • Due to the high volume of applications received and limited funds, not all eligible projects will receive funding. Projects that are approved may receive less than the requested amount.

Eligibility

Eligible organizations

The following organizations can apply for funding:

  • Government of Alberta ministries and agencies
  • Alberta municipalities, local governments and their agencies
  • Alberta non-profit organizations

Eligible projects

Projects must meet the eligibility and evaluation criteria listed in the Application Guidelines.

In addition:

  • priority will be given to projects that aim to support the implementation of Alberta’s French Policy
  • projects must begin after April 1, 2018, and must be completed before March 20, 2019

How to apply

Step 1. Before you apply

Read the Application Guidelines.

Letters of support: you’re encouraged to get letters of support from local community partners to show how they will benefit from, or participate in, your project. You may be asked to provide these letters of support during your proposal’s evaluation.

Step 2. Contact us

Contact the Francophone Secretariat to discuss project eligibility, by:

Email: francosec@gov.ab.ca

OR

Tel: 780-415-3348 (Edmonton and area)

Step 3. Submit your letter of intent

If you get an Intent to Apply form, fill it out and email it to: francosec@gov.ab.ca

While optional, this step enables the Francophone Secretariat to provide you with additional considerations to strengthen a future application. They could also recommend alternate grant funding sources that may better suit your project.

Letters of intent are accepted any time during the year. However, the Francophone Secretariat can only provide feedback on those letters of intent submitted at least one month prior to the application deadline.

Please note that a letter of intent cannot be considered in lieu of a completed application form.

Step 4. Fill out an application form

The 2018-19 grant application template is currently under review and will be provided to interested applicants who have submitted an Intent to Apply form by the application deadline.

Step 5. Submit the application form

Submit your application by clicking the “Email Submit” link at the end of the application, or send it by email to:

francosec@gov.ab.ca

After you apply

After you submit your application form, it will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will be returned to applicants.

Applicants will be informed of decisions after the review period, which may take 4 to 6 months pending volume of applications received during the intake period.

If your application is successful, you’ll be sent a grant agreement, which you must sign and return in order to receive funding.

Payment

Payment schedule details will be included in Schedule B of the grant agreement. Details will vary from project to project.

Reporting and conditions

Reporting

  • If an application is successful, reporting details will be provided in the grant agreement (Schedule C).
  • A standard template must be used to submit a final report. Any additional information or documentation required will be outlined in the grant agreement (Schedule C).

Conditions

  • The grant recipient must make every effort to acknowledge and include in all announcements, promotional or other materials related to the project the source of its grant funding. Appropriate logos and statements will be provided upon request by the Francophone Secretariat.
  • Should a grant recipient anticipate it will not use, apply or commit any portion of the awarded funding before the completion of the project, it must advise the Francophone Secretariat in writing before January 31.

Previous grant recipients

2016-17 recipients
2015-16 recipients
2014-15 recipients

Contact

To contact the Francopohone Secretariat:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Tel: 780-415-3348 (Edmonton and area)
Toll free: dial 310-0000 before the number
Fax: 780-644-8800
Email: francosec@gov.ab.ca

Address:

Francophone Secretariat
Ministry of Culture and Tourism
9th floor, Standard Life Centre
10405 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4R7