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Alberta Culture Days in Wood Buffalo

Each year during the last weekend of September, Alberta Culture Days offers free, participatory events and programs that invite the public to discover, experience and celebrate the arts and culture in their communities. 

This year, Alberta Culture Days has been extended beyond the traditional weekend to a 4-week interactive, immersive arts and culture experience taking place from September 1 to 30. Events will be offered indoors, outdoors and online. Everyone can play a role in the Culture Days!

Do you have an idea for a free, participatory or interactive event?  Submit an Event/ Activity Proposal.

Are you a venue operator? Offer the use of your space! Submit a Venue Registration.

Are you an artist looking to participate in an event? Register here.


FUNDING AVAILABLE! There are two funding opportunities available this year for organizers of Alberta Culture Days in Wood Buffalo events:

1. To be included in the provincial Alberta Culture Days Grant application, you must submit a completed Event/Activity Proposal by Friday, July 10, 2020. – CLOSED

2. To be considered for funding provided by Arts Council Wood Buffalo (through the Community Investment Program), you must submit a completed Event/Activity Proposal by Friday, August 14, 2020. 

Funding will be distributed based on eligibility and in order of applications received. The maximum request is $500.

Deadline: August 14, 2020

Deadline: 08/14/2020

Women of Inspiration Scholarships

Girls Inc. Northern Alberta in partnership with Syncrude Canada have assisted more than 15 women pursue their post-secondary education goals with three education awards. These women are role-models for girls in our community, so that they are inspired to become strong, smart and bold women in the future.

The award is given based on the financial need, academic achievement and extracurricular and community involvement.

The award will be provided to a female student pursuing studies in, but not limited to, colleges or university studies. Technical or Trades studies are also eligible. Applications will be accepted from June to mid-July.

Two of the scholarships have been named after Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta’s ‘former Women of Inspiration. The Barb Jewers Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who demonstrates a sincere commitment to volunteerism and community activism. The Elsie Yanik Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a qualifying applicant with First Nations or Metis ancestry.

To honour the legacy of Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta’s founder Ann Dort-MacLean–who retired in 2018– the Ann Dort-MacLean Scholarship will be awarded to an applicant with demonstrated passion for youth empowerment and gender equality.

Deadline: August 24, 2020 at 4 PM

Deadline: 08/24/2020

Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

The Government of Alberta Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 50%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible organizations can apply for 15% of their pre-COVID-19 revenue, up to a maximum of $5,000 in funding.

Businesses, cooperatives and non-profits can use these funds as they see fit to help offset a portion of their relaunch costs, such as implementing measures to minimize the risk of virus transmission, which could include:

  • physical barriers
  • purchasing personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies
  • paying rent and employee wages
  • replacing inventory and more

Deadline: August 31 or for 4 weeks following the start of Phase 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy – whichever is later. An official date for intake closure will be posted here when Phase 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy is announced.

Deadline: 08/31/2020

Music Individual Project Funding

This funding by Alberta Foundation for the Arts provides up to $15,000 to support the development of individual Alberta artists, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists by providing funding for a specific music project.

Deadline: September 1, 2020

Deadline: 09/01/2020

Juried Sound Recording

The Juried Sound Recording program by FACTOR funds a portion of the cost of production of an original full-length sound recording, and contributes to the marketing and promotion of that sound recording under the Marketing, Tour Support, Showcase, Radio Marketing, and Video components.

Submissions are assessed by an independent jury of music industry professionals.

Deadline: October 29, 2020

Deadline: 10/29/2020

FACTOR Artist Development Program

The Artist Development Program offers a $2,000 subsidy toward one year of artist development activities including sound recording, touring & showcasing, video production, marketing and promotion.

Deadline: 11/12/2020

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