Last Call for AFA PUBLIC ART COMMISSION Grants, apply by Oct 1!

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Applications for this grant stream are made online through the Grants Application Tracking and Evaluation (GATE) system.

To make an application, you will require an online GATE user ID and password. Please e-mail at least five business days prior to the application deadline with the following information:

• The legal name of the organization;

• The contact name of the individual responsible for preparing the application on behalf of the organization; and,

• The contact person’s email address. Important – The GATE user ID and password will be sent to the person at the email address provided by the organization.

E-mailed, faxed, late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

For help with this application call 780-427-9968 or toll free 310-0000 before application deadline.



The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) Public Art Commission Program is integral to the AFA’s support of The Spirit of Alberta, Alberta’s cultural policy, and the Collections Development Plan.
The Public Art Commission Program assists not-for-profit Organizations by providing a portion of the funding required to administer and commission a specific public art project, through an agreement with the AFA, with the intent that the final work of art becomes a part of the AFA permanent art collection. Once completed, the artwork is placed on long-term loan from the AFA to the Organization. This Program also provides support to Organizations through AFA participation on the commission committees, artist and artwork selection criteria, and celebration of successful public art commission projects.

Public artworks acquired on behalf of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts art collection must fit within the purpose, guiding principles and definitions of the collection as approved in the current Collections Development Plan. The Collections Development Plan can be found here.


To be eligible for this Program, applicants must be one of the following:

• A not-for-profit Organization registered and in good standing with Alberta’s Corporate Registry that has been in operation in Alberta for at least one year;

• A post-secondary institution established in Alberta and recognized by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology;

• A library board;

• An Indian Band as defined by the Indian Act R.S.C. 1985, C.1-5; or

• A Metis Settlement recognized under the Metis Settlements Act R.S.A. 2000, C.M14.

This Program provides support for any eligible not-for-profit Organizations that is in good standing with the AFA.

All applicant Organizations must:

• Have at least 50 per cent of the Organization’s board members, or ruling council, as residents of Alberta;

• Demonstrate adherence to good governance principles, effective administration practices, and a commitment to fiscal responsibility

Ineligible applicants are those that:

• Are municipalities, commercial enterprises, or K-12 schools;

• Engage primarily in competition-based activity; or

• Groups that are not arm’s length from municipalities, commercial enterprises, or K-12 schools.


• Eligible projects must be for the selection, design, build and installation of an original work of public art, in a public location in Alberta, created by an eligible artist as outlined in the AFA Collections Development Plan.

• The Organization must have the legal right to place artwork at the proposed location.

• Eligible projects must not be of an ongoing nature.

• Selection and awarding of an artist commission must occur after an Organization’s application is received by the AFA and an agreement signed between the AFA and the Organization.

Public Art mediums can include, but are not limited to:

• Sculpture
• Installation
• Fine Craft
• Paintings
• Drawings
• Prints
• Photography
• Multi-media projects
• Murals
• Mosaics
• Land art/earth works
• Projects which incorporate design, architecture, or landscape architecture
• An edition, multiples or series of artworks may qualify provided the run is limited and consistent with professional artistic standards.

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts must be incorporated in the overall project in an advisory capacity, and a member of the AFA Board and/or their designate will be included in the Public Art Selection Committee for the final artist and artwork commission selection.

Applicants may apply for up to 75% of total project expenses, to a maximum amount of $300,000 (divided over a maximum of three years, as determined by the AFA Board of Directors).

Applicants are expected to provide a minimum of 25% of the total project budget, covering the costs of the following, in cash or in kind, or from other matching funding:

Administration of the commission process;

Project management costs;

Contributions toward items outlined in 3.9 to top-up the application to 25% of total project budget.

Organizations may apply for eligible expenses that are verifiable through receipts and directly related to the acquisition of a new, site-based artwork. Eligible project expenses include any combination of the following:

• All costs associated with the creation, fabrication and installation of an original work of art;
• Equipment rental costs for installation;
• Site preparation;
• A portion of costs related to administration and project management of the commission to a maximum of no more than 15% of the total project budget.

AFA contributions should be used for the creation, fabrication and installation of the artwork except for any funding advance due upon the agreement signing.



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