The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) recently announced changes to some programs as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the withdrawal of March 2020 applications to discipline-specific grant programs. To support impacted artists, the AFA Board has approved a one-time, temporary change to individual artist funding opportunities to accommodate resubmission of applications. Artists may resubmit their projects even if activities commenced prior to resubmission.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to update and/or revise project descriptions to reflect how they are addressing COVID-19 pandemic impacts on the successful completion of their projects. Applicants must meet all other program requirements to be eligible for funding.
Funds for artists who applied to the March deadline have been carried forward to the September in-take. This means current total funding allocated to project grants for individual artists has not changed for this year.
Artists who did not apply to the March 2, 2020 deadline do not qualify for this exception, and must still submit applications prior to the commencement of their projects. The one‑time change to the guidelines applies only to applications withdrawn from the March 2020 in-take, and applies only if these projects are re-submitted on or before September 1, 2020.
Funding is not guaranteed for any project, and applicants will be notified of the status of their application within four to six months of the deadline date.
Program guidelines will be updated on the AFA website shortly. In the meantime, we encourage you to contact the Arts Development Consultant for your respective program for advice on how to resubmit your project for consideration.
The AFA recognizes the value project grants can offer individuals and organizations, and the amount of work applicants invest in developing their applications. The AFA Board is committed to distributing funding to the arts sector as mandated through its existing programs and services, but in a way that is as responsive to the COVID-19 pandemic as possible.
We will continue collect impact assessment data and stakeholder feedback during this unprecedented time. The AFA will adjust its programs and services as necessary to continue to be responsive to the current situation, and throughout Alberta’s relaunch plan.