Heritage publication grants

Apply for a grant to support the production of print or digital publications that preserve, interpret and promote Alberta’s history.


The annual application deadline is the first working day of February.

Applicants are generally notified of funding decisions in May or June.

Successful applicants receive the full amount of their grant upon initiation of their project, and have until February 28 of the following year to complete their project and submit reporting requirements.


The Heritage Preservation Partnership Program (HPPP) provides matching grants and scholarship funds to support initiatives that preserve and interpret Alberta's heritage. HPPP has several funding streams.

For detailed information on publication grants, read the updated Guidelines for Heritage Awareness, Publication and Research Grants.


Publication grants provide matching grants of up to $10,000 for the production of books and $3,000 for brochures, pamphlets, and booklets.

Applicants are expected to contribute at least 50% of total eligible project cost.


Eligible applicants

The following applicants may apply for the grant:

  • individuals that reside in Alberta or have a permanent Alberta address
  • registered organizations in Alberta:
    • non-profit organizations
    • corporations
    • church organizations
    • schools and other educational institutions
  • municipalities
  • First Nations Metis Settlements

Ineligible applicants

The following applicants cannot apply for the grant:

  • printers
  • provincial government departments
  • friends organizations associated with government owned or operated historic sites and interpretive centres.

Eligible projects

Eligible projects include:

  • books
  • interpretive brochures, pamphlets and booklets (not promotional)
  • walking tour booklets

Publications must have substantial Alberta heritage content. For books, substantially complete manuscripts must be submitted with the application. Incomplete manuscripts may affect the eligibility for funding.

For brochures, pamphlets and booklets, the text with layout and photographs must be submitted with the application.

Ineligible projects

The following projects are not eligible:

  • digitizing archival materials
  • reprinting of publications already funded by the Heritage Preservation Partnership Program (digitizing a printed publication previously funded by the grant program will be considered)
  • personal or family histories
    • Personal or family histories are generally ineligible for funding, unless the histories have broad relevance and substantially enrich our understanding of key themes in Alberta’s past or detail the experiences of individuals or communities poorly represented in the historical record.
  • projects and applicants eligible to receive support from the Provincial Heritage Organizations funded by the Alberta government, as follows:
    • Alberta Museums Association
    • Archives Society of Alberta
    • Historical Society of Alberta
    • Alberta Genealogical Society
    • Archaeological Society of Alberta
    • Francophone Historical Society
  • projects seeking debt reduction such as repayment of loans or shortfall on completed projects
  • projects that have already been funded by the Alberta government

Eligible expenses or tasks

The following expenses are eligible:

  • printing
  • layout
  • design
  • copyediting
  • indexing
  • proofreading
  • photo copyright fees
  • bibliography writing
  • digital conversion

Ineligible expenses or tasks

The following are not eligible:

  • expenses already incurred or tasks already completed at the time the application was submitted
  • donated materials, labour or services associated with ineligible tasks or items
  • substantive or developmental editing (for purposes of these guidelines, refers to editing the overall structure and organization of the manuscript)
  • producing illustrations or maps
  • selecting photos
  • translating text
  • researching or writing
  • preparing or producing copy of the manuscript
  • marketing, promotion and distribution of the publication
  • fundraising, administration, grant application preparation, attending meetings, project planning, advising, managing, supervising, financial reporting and similar activities
  • salary or wage of staff or employees when time spent on the project is already covered by their salary
  • contingency costs

How to apply

Step 1. Review the guidelines.

Step 2. Contact the program coordinator for more information.

Email the Program Coordinator at [email protected] or call 780-431-2305.

Step 3. Complete the application form and gather supporting documents.

Fill out a paper or PDF copy the Heritage Awareness, Publication and Research Grant Application Form

When preparing the budget, you may use the template for Cash Costs and In-kind Costs.

The application must include the following:

  • for books – paper of electronic copy of the substantially complete manuscript
  • for brochures, pamphlets, booklets: paper or electronic copy of text with layout and photographs
  • project plan
  • project budget
  • quotes or estimates for publishing and printing the book
  • other supporting documents listed in the application form

Incomplete applications or applications which are insufficiently defined to allow for robust evaluations of their merits, may be rejected. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator if unsure about completeness.

Step 4. Submit your application package.

Drop off, mail, send by courier, or email your application to:

Heritage Preservation Partnership Program
Old St. Stephen’s College Building
8820 112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T6G 2P8
Email: [email protected]

Application deadline is the first working day of February.

After you apply

Grant applications are evaluated using a number of factors, including but not limited to:

  • project approach and strategy (includes the ability of the project to preserve, interpret and promote appreciation of Alberta’s heritage)
  • experience and qualifications of the project proponents
  • project budget
  • funding history of applicant or related projects
  • overall quality and completeness of the application
  • project’s merits in comparison with other projects

Applicants are generally notified of the funding decisions in May or June.

Grant payments

Successful applicants will receive the full amount of their grant upon initiation of their project.

Reporting and grant conditions

Grants are administered according to the terms and conditions outlined in the Funding Agreement (part of the application form) and the grant award letter.

Grant recipients have until February 28 of the following year to complete their project and submit reporting requirements. The report will include:

  • Record of Project Expenses form listing the cash expenses and donated labour, materials, services or equipment for the entire project.
  • project outcomes
  • copy of the publication
  • how the Alberta government’s financial support is publicly acknowledged


Heritage Note Series:


Connect with the Program Coordinator:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

Phone: 780-431-2305
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]