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Sana Elache Legacy Awards

The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo is honoured to offer the Sana Elache Legacy Awards, in memory of Sana Elache.

Sana Elache was an educator, trainer, entrepreneur and leadership development specialist. On arriving to Canada in 2005, Sana established SilaLink (a consulting, training and publishing company) and volunteered extensively in Wood Buffalo. Among her community interests have been spending time with seniors, envisioning the community leadership program Leadership Wood Buffalo, and serving as a member of the Social Prosperity Steering Committee, the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games Bidding Committee, Future Forward and the chair of the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo. Sana was passionate about making a positive difference in the communities she resides in.

In her memory, the MCA has started a Scholarship Fund in her name geared towards Wood Buffalo students and community members who display a genuine passion for leadership, volunteerism, and multicultural advocacy.

The Sana Elache Legacy Awards are separated into two categories:

  • (1) Sana Elache Student Empowerment Award – $500
  • (2) Sana Elache Community Engagement Award – $500

The intention of these awards are to celebrate and encourage people who have shown promise in the areas of community development and engagement, leadership, diversity and inclusion, volunteerism, and empowering others.


The award will adhere to the following timelines on an annual basis.

  • Applications Open: September 1, 2020
  • Applications Close: October 23, 2020 at midday.
  • Winners announced: End of November, at the MCA Annual General Meeting.

For exact deadlines, please refer to the application form of the award you anticipate applying for.


(1) Sana Elache Student Empowerment Award – $500

  • Must be a student in High School (Grades 10-11-12) or in University/College
  • Must be a Wood Buffalo resident, or lived in Wood Buffalo in the last 5 years
  • Must not have received a Sana Elache Legacy Award in the past

(2) Sana Elache Community Engagement Award – $500

  • Must be a Wood Buffalo resident
  • Must not have received a Sana Elache Legacy Award in the past.
  • Must not currently be a registered student in High School or University

Deadline: October 23, 2020

Deadline: 10/23/2020

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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: November 12, 2020

Deadline: 11/12/2020

Samuel Connected North Youth Leadership Fund

The Samuel Connected North Youth Leadership Fund was established to support emerging Indigenous youth leaders creating meaningful change within and beyond their communities.

The Fund offers the following types of grants: Travel Grants cover travel and registration costs for conferences, gatherings, and learning opportunities. Community Project Grants support social entrepreneurship and leadership initiatives. In addition, Equipment Loans of video and audio equipment for digital projects are available.

Individuals between the ages of 15 and 35 who identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit and reside in Canada are eligible to apply. Online applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about each type of support.

Deadline: 12/31/2020

ASA Scholarships 2021

The Alberta Society of Artists awards three scholarships to Fine Arts students in Graduate and Undergraduate Programs. Students must be enrolled in an Alberta-based post secondary institution and be a resident of Alberta. Scholarship for One Graduate student: $1,000 ; Scholarship for Two Undergraduate students: $1,000 each. 

Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to apply to participate in the exhibition EMERGING ARTISTS UNLEASHED.

Deadline: January 5, 2020


Deadline: 01/05/2021

Inside Out Theatre Artistic Basic Income program

Inside Out Theatre announces the Artistic Basic Income program, providing direct, unrestricted cash support to artists with disabilities, d/Deaf artists, or MAD artists/artists living with mental illness.
Two artists will be chosen via a lottery draw to receive $6,000 to be used in whatever way the artist chooses, all in an effort to support their art making by covering their basic expenses.

Applications are open to self-identifying artists with a disability, d/Deaf artists, and MAD artists/artists living with mental illness living in Alberta. Because we know that Black, Indigenous, and Artists of Colour may face additional barriers and marginalization Inside Out will guarantee that at least one of the artists will identify as coming from one of these communities.

Inside Out will celebrate and promote any work created by these artists but will not expect any work to “come back” to Inside Out, by which we mean this isn’t a commission or artist residency, it’s not a gig. It’s a guaranteed basic income.

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Deadline: 09/30/2020

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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

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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

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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

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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: 08/15/2020

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