The grant program is temporarily suspended

The Heritage Preservation Partnership Program has been restructured. Although outstanding commitments will be honoured, no new grants were awarded in 2020.

The program will begin accepting applications again in 2021, with a deadline of February 1, 2021. If you have any questions, contact Matthew Wangler, Executive Director, Historic Resources Management branch, at 780-438-8503 or

Important updates

There will be only one grant application intake. The deadline is the first working day of February.

Applicants will be notified of grant decisions in April or May.

Successful applicants will have until February 28 of the following year to complete their projects and submit invoices/receipts of eligible expenses along with other reporting requirements.

Successful applicants will receive half of their grant upon initiation of their project. To request the final payment, grant recipients will submit invoices/receipts for the entire project.

Updated application form will be posted.


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

For more information, read the HPPP Guidelines for Heritage Awareness Publication Research Projects.


Research grants provide matching grants of up $25,000 to support research on Alberta’s heritage.

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


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
    • municipalities
    • churches
    • schools and other educational institutions
    • First Nations
    • Metis Settlements

Ineligible applicants

The following applicants cannot apply for the grant:

  • provincial government departments

Eligible projects

The following projects are available for funding:

  • research on Alberta heritage topics
  • oral history projects
  • building surveys and inventories
  • heritage management plans

Ineligible projects

The following projects are not available for funding:

  • projects and applicants that are eligible for funding through the Provincial Heritage Organizations that the Alberta government supports (Alberta Museums Association, Archives Society of Alberta, Historical Society of Alberta, Alberta Genealogical Society, Archaeological Society of Alberta)
  • 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

Expenses that are directly associated with research activities are eligible for funding, such as:

  • researching; writing and editing of manuscript or report
  • researcher’s expenses for non-local travel
  • materials/supplies
  • costs associated with cultural protocol such as gifting to Elders and knowledge keepers and organizing sharing circles

Ineligible expenses/tasks

The following are not eligible for the grant:

  • purchase of books, equipment such as cameras, computers and related hardware
  • fundraising, administration, time spent preparing grant application, planning or attending meetings, financial reporting and similar activities
  • expenses already incurred at the time the application was submitted
  • expenses that are not directly and solely for the project such as cost of utilities, use of office equipment and office space
  • expenses associated with volunteer appreciation such as gifts, thank you cards (however, honorarium, gifting to Elders and knowledge keepers are eligible)
  • hosting expenses (food and beverages), alcoholic beverages
  • subsistence costs/living expenses

In-kind donations associated with ineligible expenses/tasks are not eligible as well.

How to apply

Step 1. Review the guidelines

Step 2. Contact the program coordinator for more information

Email the Program Coordinator at or call 780-431-2305.

Step 3. Complete the application form and gather supporting documents

Fill out the Research Grant Application Form (PDF, 114 KB).

When preparing the budget, you may use the template for Cash Expenses (PDF, 11 KB) and In-kind donations (PDF, 11 KB).

The application must include the following:

  • research plan
  • project budget
  • quotes/estimates for proposed work
  • other supporting documents listed in the application form

Step 4. Submit your application package

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

Heritage Preservation Partnership Program
Old St. Stephen’s College Building
8820 112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5T 5W2

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
  • experience/qualifications of the project proponents
  • project budget

The level of funding will be further determined by the grant program’s budget, the project’s individual merit and in comparison with the other projects.

Applicants will be notified of the funding decision in April or May.

Grant payments

Successful applicants will receive half of their grant upon initiation of their project.

To request the final payment, grant recipients will submit the following:

  • Record of Cash Expenditures form (PDF, 102 KB) for the entire project
  • invoices and/or receipts of cash expenditures for the entire project
  • final report
  • proof of project completion such as copy of the resulting manuscript or report

Reporting and grant conditions

Grant recipients have until February 28 of the following year to claim the grant, complete the project, submit invoices/receipts and reporting requirements.

Grant recipients must publicly acknowledge the Alberta government’s financial support. Recognition may be on print, online, through media outlets or event opportunities.



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)