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The Stabilize Program provides one-time funding support to rodeos, sports, arts and other venue-based organizations. Funding will enable organizations to maintain their operations to support the live experience sector in Alberta.

The Stabilize Program will:

  • support Alberta-based professional sport teams, non-profit elite amateur sport leagues and teams, rodeos and art performance venues that have a long-standing history and are part of the Alberta cultural and sporting identity
  • enable non-profit organizations to maintain public-use, live experience venues that will provide Albertans with live experiences now and in the future
  • support and leverage Albertans’ investments to non-profit organizations that own and/or operate live experience venues by matching private donations from $250,000 to $1 million dollar for dollar

Application status

Open: Applications will remain open until midnight on February 18, 2021

Ministry responsible

Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

Grant information session

On February 5, 2021 we held an online grant information session for the Stabilize Program that covered:

  • grant criteria
  • eligibility
  • answers to frequently asked questions

For any questions on the Stabilize Program, contact Community Grants.


Stabilize Program

The maximum funding request is up to 25% of eligible expenses. These expenses are based on the 2 most recent board-approved/audited financial statements up to and including March 31, 2020.

Stabilize Donation Matching Stream

To find out more, see the Donation Matching Fact Sheet.


The funding is for:

  • an established Alberta-based professional team or non-profit elite amateur league or team with an Alberta-based majority ownership (51% or more) such as the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) or Western Hockey League (WHL) teams (NHL teams are not eligible)
    • elite amateur sport league or teams that provides live spectator experiences with gate revenues, which include season ticket holders, and leads to a professional league in Alberta
  • non-profit organizations that are the primary organizers of an annual Alberta-based rodeo
  • non-profit art organizations that own and/or operate performing and presenting arts venues

To be eligible, organizations must be registered for a minimum of 3 calendar years (and in good standing) under one of the acts below. The exception to this is for Alberta-based professional or elite amateur sports teams and leagues.

Eligible Alberta-based professional or elite amateur sports teams such as Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) teams and Western Hockey League (WHL) teams

  • professional and elite amateur teams located in Alberta
    • for-profit organizations must be 51% owned by Alberta resident(s)
  • elite amateur leagues must be provincial in scope
    • leagues that cross provincial or national boundaries are not eligible


  • provincial legislation:
    • Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act - Extra-Provincial Corporations
    • Companies Act, Part 9 (Nonprofit Companies)
    • Societies Act of Alberta
    • Agriculture Societies Act
    • Special Act of the Alberta Legislature
  • federal legislation:
    • Special Act of the Parliament of Canada
    • Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act – and must be registered in Alberta under the Business Corporations Act
    • Income Tax Act (of Canada and operating in the Province of Alberta (Charities))

Additional criteria

To find out more, see:

How to apply

Step 1. Read the guidelines

Step 2. Complete the application package

Fill out these documents:

Stabilize Program

Stabilize Donation Matching Stream

Step 3. Submit the application package

Stabilize Program

Your completed application package must include the:

  • business case package
  • financial worksheet
  • mandatory supporting documents

Stabilize Donation Matching Stream

  • completed Donation Matching Pledge Application

Email your completed application package to our office: [email protected]

After you apply

During the review process, we may contact you for more information about your application.

In April 2021, we will send you our written decision on your application.

Report requirements – Stabilize Program

Reporting requirements for successful applicants will be outlined in the formal grant agreement for the Stabilize Program.

Requirements will include a:

  • financial report (review engagement or audited financials)
  • final summary report

Grant recipients will also be asked to complete an outcome survey.


Connect with the Community Grants office:

Phone: 780-422-9598
Toll free: 1-800-642-3855
Email (enquiries): [email protected]
Email (application submissions): [email protected]