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Dance Individual Project Funding

This funding 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 dance project.


Who can apply

Individual eligibility criteria

To be eligible for individual project funding, you must be a resident of Alberta. This means you:

  • are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • have had your primary residence in Alberta for at least one full year before applying
  • ordinarily live in Alberta for a least six months of each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting to apply. Previous grant recipients must ensure all final reporting has been approved by the AFA before new applications are accepted.

Applicants, including ensembles or collectives, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation.

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations are eligible to apply to this program and must list all principal artists involved in the project activities as part of their application. All members of an ensemble, collective, or collaboration must meet the individual eligibility criteria.

Principal artists cannot apply and/or receive funding for multiple projects at the same time, whether as an individual or a member of various ensembles, collectives, or collaborations.

What does this grant support

Please note, AFA funding is not assured for any project.

Types of projects

Through this opportunity, you may apply for project funding to support artistic activities in:

  • art production
  • marketing
  • research
  • training and career development

Art production includes the development, creation and production of any dance work. 

  • Albertan artists that have been contracted by commissioners to create a specific work are eligible to apply for project support through this funding opportunity.
  • projects should be confined to a distinct phase of a work
  • Alberta individual artists that have been contracted by commissioners to create a specific work are eligible to apply for project support through this funding opportunity.

Marketing includes a program of activity for a specific period of time that promotes or advertises work created by Alberta dance artists, and/or develops audiences for the artist’s work.

Research includes a program of activity for a specific period of time that supports or results in the development of a dance project.

Training and career development includes enrollment in a course or program of study designed to develop an artist’s training in dance, including related performing arts disciplines, and/or performing arts administration.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • workshops
  • master classes
  • retreats
  • mentorship programs
  • professional development
  • pre-professional and professional courses of study in dance

Eligible expenses

You can receive up to $15,000 to support your project. You may apply for up to 100% of eligible expenses that are directly related to carrying out your proposed project. These expenses may include, but are not limited to:

  • contracted artist and/or technician fees
  • commission fees
  • production
  • promotion and publicity
  • transportation and accommodation
  • tuition or training fees
  • royalties
  • administration and contract fees
  • basic living/subsistence expenses (housing, local transportation, food, childcare, dependent care) up to $3,000/month
  • other expenses and supplies considered by the AFA to be reasonable and necessary

Ineligible expenses

Expenses and activities that are ineligible for AFA project funding include:

  • expenses for capital purchases, such as buildings or property, or for capital development, and studio construction or renovations
  • recreational training projects
  • specific component activities undertaken as part of a course of study
  • contracts for ongoing activities or artists pursuing projects similar in scope to usual activities with commissioner
  • expenses incurred prior to the application submission, including grant writer fees

Deadline: 01-03-2023

Summer Writers Residency 2023


Banff Centre’s Summer Writers residency will provide writers space for the creative exploration of their writing practice. This self-directed residency offers the opportunity to work away from the constraints of everyday life. Delve deep into your creative project and take advantage of the artistic community of your peers around you.

The program provides optional opportunities for consultations with mentors, public readings, and group sessions led by guest mentors that allow creators to explore techniques, aspects, and devices that you may find useful in your practice.

What does the program offer?

This two-week residency provides teaching from faculty members and professional guests, Q&A sessions, public events, and one-on-one workshopping. Mentors will discuss ideas, experiences, and obstacles that participants may be encountering with their writing. 

This residency is a self-directed program that offers time and space for writers to focus, reconnect, and re-energize their writing practice. In addition to a single room, and a small private studio, you will be surrounded by a community of artistic peers. You will have the opportunity to attend inspiring talks and performances and meet with guest faculty to consult on your work.

As a flexible self-guided program, the Summer Writers residency allows you to choose the amount of support you are looking for. All program elements are optional.


Who should apply? 

We welcome writers of all ages (18+), backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions. Writers in all creative genres are invited to apply. The program is designed for emerging and established writers with a proven publication record seeking a period of dedicated time to work on a project in any genre.

Note: While the language of Banff Centre is English, we additionally welcome projects in French and French Creole for this residency.

For full details on vaccination requirements, masking, safety protocols, and COVID related policies please visit: www.banffcentre.ca/covid-19-measures   

*Financial Aid of 100% is available for tuition, and 50% for food and accommodation.

Application Deadline  – March 15, 2023

Program Dates – July 31 – August 11, 2023

Arrive – July 30, 2023

Depart – August 12, 2023

Deadline: 15-03-2023

ASA Call for Submissions: “Home and Migration”

The Alberta Society of Artists invites Alberta artists (18 years of age or older) to submit to the exhibition “Home and Migration”.

“Artists are asked to think about location, place, and where home is. Is the idea of ‘home’ a physical place, an emotional place, or both? ‘Home’ may connect to nostalgia, one’s formative years, or to a settled place of ‘now’. How has the feeling of home changed with migration and with the diaspora of a community?”

The artist’s statement will be crucial to the understanding of the artwork’s intent in this exhibition call. A
catalogue may be produced (note that the catalogue may be virtual or/and actual.) Media range is open. Two-dimensional with a size limitation of 40″ in any direction. Exhibition location is the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton: June-August 2023. There may be other venues.

Deadline for Submissions: April 3, 2023 @ 11:59 PM MDT

For more information, go to https://www.albertasocietyofartists.com/call-for-submissions-home-migration/, email [email protected], or call the Gallery at 403-265-0012.

Deadline: 03-04-2023

2023 Kingston Prize Competition

The ninth biennial Canadian portrait competition will be held in 2023. Eligible entries are portraits of Canadians by Canadian artists, either paintings or drawings. Deadline for entries is 26 April 2023. The Competition for the Kingston Prize is open to Canadian artists aged 18 years and over on the date of the deadline for entries.

Awards: The Kingston Prize of $20,000 and two Honourable Mention awards of $2000 each. At each exhibition venue, there will be a People’s Choice award of $1000.

The opening exhibition of thirty finalists will be held at the Firehall Theatre, Gananoque Ontario in October 2023.

Please consult our website for the rules and other information. Entries may be submitted between February 6, 2023 and April 26, 2023.

Deadline: 26-04-2023

NorthWord Magazine – Call for Submissions

NorthWord Magazine publishes twice a year through the support of community volunteers and advertisers. Publication launches take place in April during National Poetry Month and September to coincide with Alberta Culture Days.

For each edition, the Northern Canada Collective Society of Writers’ Board of Directors selects a guest editor. Each guest editor is required to pick a theme to kick-start the creativity. They also decide on the artwork for the front cover. 

As submissions come in, the managing editor removes names before showing the guest editor for transparency purposes.

After the selection process, the publication is produced and disbursed throughout the Wood Buffalo region.

This edition’s Guest Editor is Will Collins and the theme is Humour.

Accepted Submissions:​

  • Prose (3,000 words or fewer, fiction or non-fiction)
  • Poetry (50 lines maximum)
  • Excerpts from current projects
  • Visual Art 

Submission Deadline is April 30, 2023

* Send submission to [email protected]

Deadline: 30-04-2023

Grow Your Business Online Grant

In the digital age, it’s crucial for consumer-facing businesses to develop and implement e-commerce capabilities to remain competitive. The adoption of digital technologies enables businesses to serve existing customers more effectively and to attract new customers in the digital marketplace.

The Grow Your Business Online grant will help up to 90,000 small businesses take advantage of e-commerce opportunities.

Eligible businesses will receive a micro-grant of up to $2,400 to help with the costs related to adopting digital technologies. Grants will be available through local and regional service providers across Canada. The application period to become a service provider has closed. The service providers will also support a network of e-commerce advisors who will advise and help small businesses adopt e-commerce.

Sponsoring department:
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)

Funding mechanism:


The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

This program supports Indigenous individuals, groups, Indigenous-led arts organizations and arts/cultural sector development organizations that foster a vital and resilient Indigenous arts ecosystem.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, groups and organizations may apply for funding for artistic and cultural activities.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, groups and organizations may apply to Creating, Knowing and Sharing (or to the other 5 Canada Council programs) for funding for artistic and cultural activities. Canada Council stands by Indigenous artists through a variety of programs and initiatives, such as {Re}conciliation. This program functions using a self-determined, Indigenous-centred approach. This means that it will be guided by Indigenous values and worldviews, administered by staff of First Nations, Inuit and Métis heritage, and assessed by First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals.

Collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, that are led by Indigenous artists/organizations are encouraged and facilitated in Creating, Knowing and Sharing.

Program Components:

Travel Up to $30,000
Small-scale activities Up to $3,000
Short-Term projects Up to $100,000
Long-Term projects Up to $300,000
Deadlines vary for each program.

Deadline: 07-12-2022

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Explore and Create

Expanding Canadian Arts Practice

Explore and Create funds Canadian artists, artistic groups and organizations committed to the creation and dissemination of innovative, vibrant and diverse art.

This program advances Canadian artistic practices by encouraging artists to investigate creative processes and take risks that lead to the development of unique works destined to connect with the public.

Explore and Create supports the research, development, creation and production of work, as well as professional development for artists.

Program Components:
Professional Development for Artists Up to $10,000
Research and Creation Up to $25,000
Concept to Realization Up to $60,000 a year
Deadlines vary for each program


Job Opportunity: Social Media Coordinator

Job Description

Do you enjoy being creative while helping people tell their stories?

If so do we have the job for you! Wood Buffalo Media Group is growing and growing FAST! We need an experienced writer / graphic designer to help with our client’s social media!

What will you do?

– Take monthly content ideas and turn them into captivating posts! Use your designer ninja skills and writing skills to help build the client’s brand.

– Hashtag Research – Generate reports and give creative ideas on how to improve.

– Help with other social media tasks as needed.

– Have fun! Many other opportunities to attend local events and learn other areas of business 🙂 We do not require a degree in communications or design.

We are looking for great experienced team members to jump on with a young motivated team.

**If you feel this is you please send your resume along with previous work! ** If you do not submit past work and do not live in Alberta, do not apply. **

Work Remotely Yes Job Types: Part-time, Casual Part-time hours: 10-20 per week


From $25.00 per hour


Work from home


On call

Supplemental pay types:

Bonus pay

Commission pay

Overtime pay

Ability to commute/relocate:

Fort McMurray, AB: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)


Content Writing: 3 years (required)

Graphic design: 3 years (required)

Willingness to travel: 25% (required)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in FORT MCMURRAY, AB


2023 Alberta Literary Awards Now Open for Submissions!

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) is preparing to celebrate another successful year with the 2023 Alberta Literary Awards. Writers from across Alberta and their publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year’s award categories.

The deadline for submissions to the Alberta Literary Awards is December 31, 2022. 

Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category. The winners will be announced next spring. 

The Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors. 

The 2023 Alberta Literary Awards Categories

Prizes of $1500 will be awarded to published entries in the following categories:

  • R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (picture books)
  • Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction
  • Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction
  • Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry
  • Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama (published or produced) 
  • Memoir Award (nonfiction)

Prizes of $700 will be awarded to unpublished and published entries in the following categories:

  • James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction (published in English or French)
  • Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story (published in English or French)
  • Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award (unpublished)

Award submissions can also be entered to qualify for the following city book prize:

  • The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize ($5,000 prize)

**Please Note: The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize will open by October 31st. Guidelines for this prize are under review and any books submitted prior to the official award opening might be deemed ineligible.

Deadline: 31-12-2022

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WBRL: Word in Motion

Calling poets of all ages to participate in Words in Motion, a community-based program that encourages literacy and appreciation for poetry. Participants are encouraged to write their best poetry and submit them to [email protected] by January 31st, 2023.

An external panel of community judges will select the poems to be displayed in the Wood Buffalo Regional Library. Authors of the selected poems will be invited to participate in a celebration event on the first floor of the Wood Buffalo Regional Library on April 19th, 2023 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

  • Poem submissions must be in Microsoft Word and sent via email to [email protected] with the title of the poem, the writer’s full name, number, and email address. If you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate that in your submission. 
  • Maximum of three entries per person.
  • Previously published poems will not be accepted.
  • Poems can be of any theme, form or language.
  • Class poems (i.e poems collectively created by a classroom with guidance from the teacher) are allowed. However, class assignments with teachers setting up a ‘formula’ for students to fill in will be disqualified.
  • Students who do not wish to have their poems selected by their teacher can participate through the Public category, however, please do not submit the same poem through multiple categories.
  • Poem selection will be judged based on originality, appropriateness, poetic techniques, organization and flow, emotion, image, and imagination.

There are three categories for submissions: 

  • Public: Anyone who resides in the Wood Buffalo Region.
  • High School Grades 7-12
    •  Submit your poems to your class teacher. We request that classroom teachers submit 5-10 poems from their class that best fit the program. In each submission, include the:
  • Student’s name
  • Email address
  • Contact number
  • School name
  • Grade level 
  • Elementary School Grades 1-6
    • Submit your poems to your class teacher. We request that classroom teachers submit 5-10 poems from their class that best fit the program. In each submission, include the:
  • Student’s name
  • Email address (parents)
  • Contact number (parents)
  • School name
  • Grade level 

Deadline: 31-01-2023

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Call for Submissions: Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Submissions for the 2022 Danuta Gleed Literary Award are now open. All submissions must be received by January 31, 2023. 

The Danuta Gleed Literary Award was created as a celebration of the life of Danuta Gleed, a writer whose short fiction won several awards before her death in December 1996. Danuta Gleed’s first collection of short fiction, One of the Chosen, was posthumously published by BuschekBooks. The award is made possible through a generous donation from John Gleed, in memory of his late wife, and is administered by The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Each year, a $10,000 prize is awarded to a Canadian writer for the best first collection of published short fiction in the English language. Two finalists are also awarded $1,000 each.

The winners of the 2021 Danuta Gleed Literary Award were announced on June 1, 2022. Read the press release here.

Deadline: 31-01-2023

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