The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) Board of Directors has approved its 2019-20 spending plan. In Budget 2019, the Alberta government announced an allocation of $28.4 million to the AFA. This amount represents a decline of $1.5 million, or approximately five per cent, from the previous fiscal year.
In response, the AFA Board developed a spending plan that minimizes negative impact to the arts community as best as possible with a focus on maintaining existing commitments to grant recipients. The AFA has also been able to realize savings during the year through fiscal restraint and reductions in operating expenses, in order to further minimize impact on our funding clients.
The AFA is maintaining its 2019-20 operational funding commitments to arts organizations. This is key in ensuring the ongoing viability of our funding clients and their ability to support artists and deliver arts programming to audiences across Alberta.
AFA has had to make some spending reductions to project funding opportunities, to art acquisition for the AFA collection, and for research and engagement projects. AFA has tried to mitigate the impact to our clients and stakeholders by targeted funding reductions to grant programs that primarily support one-time projects.
Reductions to project funding grant programs were primarily limited to a maximum of 12 per cent. The board has worked to ensure no one program bore a disproportionate share of the AFA’s reduced annual allocation.
The AFA receives its annual allocation as part of the government’s budgeting process. The AFA does not receive advance notice of its allocation for future years. Budget 2020, which will include the AFA’s 2020-21 allocation, will be announced next spring.
Even with a five per cent decline to the AFA’s annual allocation in 2019-20, the board recognizes the government’s continued support for Alberta’s arts sector.
The AFA will continue to promote the value of strong and sustainable arts sector to all Albertans.
For an overview of AFA program spending in 2018-19 visit our Impact of Funding page.