The AFA Board of Directors is pleased to share that its 2017-18 budget has been approved by the Minister of Culture and Tourism.
As part of Budget 2017, funding for the AFA was increased by $5 million this year, for a total of $31.6 million for 2017-18. In response, the AFA developed a budget that supports greater access, excellence, and sustainability of the arts sector, and seeks to increase funding for as many stakeholders as possible.
The difficult economic climate in Alberta last year caused considerable strain on our artists and arts organizations. Through targeted increases to many of our programs, we are working to help provide stability for our community.
Arts organizations will receive additional operational and project support to help weather the continuing economic challenges caused by the steep decline in global oil prices. More individual artists applying for project funding will receive AFA support.
We would also like to note that the Artists and Education project opportunity budget will be restored to 2015 funding levels. The AFA Board feels it is important continue to support this program’s successes and will also work to develop a long-term strategy to promote youth engagement in the arts.
The Board of Directors would again like to recognize the Government of Alberta for its investment in the AFA this year. This investment makes a strong statement about the value of the arts to Alberta’s culture sector, to economic diversification and to Albertans’ quality of life.
We are proud to support Alberta’s arts sector, and will continue to listen and respond to the needs of our community.
If you have questions about a specific funding opportunity, please contact us.
A two-day PD session geared towards understanding and excelling at the grant application process.
Saturday, July 29th: How To Do It With Words
11am – 12:30pm: David Folk (AFA) & Melissa Tuplin (CAD) will explain what grants are offered by their respective organizations. They will give concrete information as well as tips and tricks to help you succeed in your grant applications. Free to All.
2 – 4pm: Book a 20-minute meeting with an experienced grant writer (David Folk, Chris W. Carson, Kari McQueen, …) to look over a final draft of your AFA or other application–in–progress and get suggestions on making your application shine. $10 per session.
Sunday, July 30th: How To Do It With Images
11am – 1pm: Patrick Close will discuss how to take photographs in Part 1 and how to prepare those photos for grant application in Part 2 of this 90 minute session. $10.
At the Community Wise Common Room, 223 12th Ave, SW Calgary.
To RSVP, go to writingwinningproposals.eventbrite.ca
AFA Budget 2015-16
As announced in the Government of Alberta 2015-16 budget, the AFA received a $26.6 million allocation from Alberta Culture and Tourism. This represents a 5% cut in funding.
The AFA Board of Directors will be meeting in early April to discuss the AFA budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. No decisions have been made at this time in regards to the AFA budget.
We will share the AFA plan for our funding allocation with clients through the AFA website, AFA Newswire, Twitter and Facebook following the April AFA Board of Directors meeting.
The AFA Board of Directors is aware of the delicate fiscal ecology of the sector and will strive to balance the different needs associated with operating funding and project grants.
All grant stream intakes and existing commitments will proceed as scheduled.