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2021 Sustain

Deadline: December 1, 2020


2021 Sustain invests in organizations with an established history of annual Operating grant support from the EAC, to provide a degree of support that is not dependent on activity or assessment in light of the challenges presented by COVID-19.

The intent is to assist organizations with ongoing costs, in particular related to engagement of artists and arts professionals. This baseline investment will help maintain organizational capacity through 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.

Organizations eligible to submit to the Sustain program that have demonstrated reasonable due-diligence in 2020, such as holding an AGM, having regular board meetings, and/or taking other steps to ensure the future viability of the organization, can expect a minimum of 50% of their 2020 operating grant amount. They will also be able to apply to Activate for further support if they intend to be active in 2021.

Who can apply?

Applicant organizations must have received regular, annual Operating grant support from the EAC.

Applicants must be a registered non-profit organization that pursues a primary mandate in arts or festival work. Organizations must undertake their work primarily in Edmonton, or have a history of significant activity in Edmonton when they also work elsewhere.

Organizations may not be eligible for 2021 Sustain if they:

  • Are new applicants that did not receive an operating grant from the EAC in 2020.
  • Do not have mandates directly related to arts or festival activity.
  • Present occasional or concentrated activity such as a one-day celebration on a largely volunteer organizational basis.
  • Are in arrears with the City of Edmonton at the date of application.
  • Have outstanding final reports for previous Edmonton Arts Council support. 

Organizations should contact the EAC in advance to discuss questions of eligibility.

Online applications are open at eacawards.fluidreview.com.

For more information, please contact EAC Grants staff at grants@edmontonarts.ca / 780.424.2787.

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