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Arts and Festivals Seed – 2020 Transition Grant


The Edmonton Arts Council is currently reshaping its support programs for organizations. Watch our weekly newsletter for details in the weeks ahead. 



The purpose of the 2020 Arts and Festival Seed grant program is to provide limited operating assistance, subject to the availability of funds, to emerging non-profit organizations that pursue arts and festival activities in the City of Edmonton. 

Apply using our online system eacawards.fluidreview.com


 The City of Edmonton, through the Edmonton Arts Council, invests in not-for-profit Arts and Festivals Organizations to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Edmonton. 

In response to the City of Edmonton's new Connections & Exchanges plan for arts and heritage, the Edmonton Arts Council is reviewing all its granting and investment programs. New structures are anticipated for the 2021 cycles. 

The Seed Program gives the EAC an opportunity to invest in new or emerging organizations in Edmonton to support their growth and stability at an early stage.  It is an access point for new Arts and Festivals Organizations in 2020, during this transition period. 

The EAC, through the Connections & Exchanges plan, has committed to the principle that Indigenous peoples have agency in their journeys of revitalizing and participating in traditional, contemporary and future manifestations of their culture.  The EAC will work together with Indigenous groups interested in support. 


The 2020 Arts and Festivals Seed grant will accept applications from: 

  • New applicants who have not been funded previously, or;
  • A prior recipient of Festival Seed funding for 2018 or 2019, or;
  • An organization invited to apply to this program by the EAC.

Applicant organizations must:

  • Be registered as a non-profit organization in the Province of Alberta.Organizations registered for less than one full year will only be accepted with prior consultation and at the sole discretion of the Edmonton Arts Council.
  • Have as its main purpose:

    • A multi-day festival event that is the celebration of a theme of interest or appeal to the general public that will occur within the City of Edmonton in 2020, or;
    • A season of Arts activity such as presentation, production, performance of artistic works, or the support of artists, to the benefit of Edmontonians.

Funds are not intended to support sporting or competitive events, conferences, trade events, activity with a predominantly promotional, political, religious, educational or commercial component, or activities that raise funds for another cause.

One day events should apply to the Celebrations Grant program.

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