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. GST expenses are no longer funded.
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 Guidelines for Heritage Awareness, Publication and Research Grants (PDF, 510 KB).
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.
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
- schools and other educational institutions
- First Nations
- Metis Settlements
The following applicants cannot apply for the grant:
- provincial government departments
Eligible projects include:
- books, printed or electronic
- 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.
The following projects are not eligible:
- reprinting of publications already funded by the Heritage Preservation Partnership Program
- 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 and/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:
- 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, planning or attending meetings, financial reporting and similar activities
How to apply
Step 1. Review the guidelines
Step 2. Contact the program coordinator for more information
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 (PDF, 460 KB).
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/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
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/qualifications of the project proponents
- project budget
- funding history of applicant and/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.
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 (PDF, 149 KB) 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: How to develop a local heritage marker program
- Heritage Note Series: Conducting historical research
- Heritage Note Series: Oral history
Connect with the Program Coordinator:
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
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