Apply for Organization Activation Projects Funding

Date: Sep 21, 2023

Deadline: Dec 1, 2023 - 11:45 pm

The window to apply for Organization Activation Projects Funding is now open!

Eligible organizations can apply for project funding to nurture and promote Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility through arts-related programming by Indigenous, visible minorities, or D/deaf and disability artists to engage audiences in and through the arts.

  • single organizations can apply for up to $20,000
  • two or more organizations can apply for up to $50,000 to collaborate on a project

Grant deadline: Friday, December 1, 2023


The AFA only accepts applications through the Front Office portal of the Grant Administration Tracking and Evaluation (GATE) online application system

We strongly encourage applicants begin their applications several weeks in advance, and to complete them at least 3-5 days before a deadline. This allows adequate time to reach out to an Arts Development Consultant or if you run into technical difficulties or require consultation on submitting your application.

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Previous successful projects

The 2022 cycle of the AFA’s Organization Activation Projects grant program focused on fostering pluralism and EDIA in the arts and through the arts. In 2022-23, the AFA provided 14 organizations with project funding totaling $242,896.59 for projects 

Trickster Theatre

One of the successful applicants was Calgary-based Trickster Theatre. Building on its unique Artist-in-Schools Residency Program, Trickster Theatre used this grant to launch an Emerging Indigenous Artist program: a project designed to include Indigenous perspectives within the theatre’s practices.

Trickster Theatre’s Emerging Indigenous Artist program was designed to create positions for two to three emerging Indigenous artists per year to be trained and mentored within the organization. Trickster Theatre has reported that their projects in Indigenous communities feature teams where 60 to 75% of its team members are Indigenous artists. The company’s goal was to create a new pathway between its organization and Indigenous communities.

Trickster Theatre used its AFA project funding to contract two individuals for 12 to 18 weeks during 2023. The company then made them core members of their organization, designating them as cultural liaisons on its projects and as key individuals when engaging with Elders and Cultural Advisors in schools and within various Indigenous communities.

Founder and Producing Director, David Chantler, notes:

“Trickster Theatre works in Indigenous communities all over Alberta, and the funding provided to our Emerging Indigenous Artists program enabled us to bring a more culturally relevant team of artists to those projects."



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