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2021 Activate

Deadlines: January 15, 2021 and June 15, 2021


2021 Activate invests in non-profit arts and festival organizations that are planning activity in 2021. Activity should be relevant to the organization's mandates and goals, or directly related to delivery of arts, festival, and celebratory events.

The intent is to assist organizations with costs related to work they undertake through the engagement of artists and arts professionals. This investment will help promote organizational resilience during this irregular period.


 The Edmonton Arts Council's work is guided by Connections & Exchanges: A 10-Year Plan To Transform Arts and Heritage In Edmonton. The Ambitions, Aims and Actions outlined in the plan are driving the EAC's approach and decision-making in the renewal and retooling of its investment programs. The EAC Board is committed to supporting the arts community in these uncertain times through targeted investments. EAC will make investments to sustain operations, foster artistic and organizational resilience and facilitate dialogue to build organizational innovation and readiness for a gradual return to a wide range of artistic activities.

As the EAC builds structures and makes investment decisions for organizations, we are guided by the following Aim from Book 4 of Connections & Exchanges:

New and existing arts and heritage organizational capacity enables innovation and builds resilience in the sector.

Activate is neither an operating grant, nor a specific project grant. It is an investment to support the programming and other activities that an organization intends to undertake in 2021. Activity can be anything that involves the engagement and compensation of artists, administrators and other sector professionals between January 1 and December 31, 2021. This includes:

  • Practice, preparation, creation and commissioning of artistic work.
  • Programming or public presentation that takes health restrictions and risks into account.
  • Work which is relevant to and advances the organization's goals, including skills training for the staff and artists, or work in support of the broader community of artistic practice.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be a registered non-profit organization that pursues work in Edmonton with a primary mandate in creation, production, presentation, or support of arts and festival activity, or has a history of delivering festival and celebration events.

Organizations may only apply to Activate if they have realistic plans to pursue arts and festival activity and programming in 2021.

New applicants are encouraged to consult with Edmonton Arts Council staff before applying. Organizations that have been registered for less than one full year may only apply after consultation.

Ineligible organizations include those that:

  • Are in arrears with the City of Edmonton at the date of application.
  • Have outstanding final reports for previous Edmonton Arts Council support.
2021 Activate will only invest in organizations that exhibit clear planning and consideration of public health restrictions. Organizations must remain flexible and responsive to changes in the external environment, and the Edmonton Arts Council will be supportive of thoughtful changes to planned activity.

Organizations looking to apply for the 2021 Sustain stream can find more information here.

Organizations should contact the EAC in advance to discuss questions of eligibility. Contact EAC Grants staff at grants@edmontonarts.ca / 780.424.2787.

The application will be online at eacawards.fluidreview.com in early December 2020. 

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