New Alberta Anti-Racism Grant Program now open for application

(July 2018) – As part of government efforts to address racism, Alberta’s Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda has unveiled details of a new Anti-Racism Community Grant Program.

The grants are to help communities combat racial discrimination, foster acceptance and promote diversity and inclusion.

Announced as part of Alberta’s Taking Action Against Racism report, the new $2-million Anti-Racism Community Grant Program supports initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impact on Albertans. The program is open to eligible non-profit organizations, First Nations or Métis Settlements and post-secondary institutions and is meant to foster cultural awareness and cross-cultural understanding in communities across the province.

“One of Alberta’s greatest strengths is its diversity, and our government is committed to making life better for all Albertans by working to combat racism,” stated Minister Miranda.

Minister Miranda announces the new Anti-Racism Community Grant Program.

“Across Alberta, many community organizations are doing great work in taking action against racism and we want to help them do more. With the Anti-Racism Community Grant, non-profit organizations can focus on educating, informing and engaging community members to take action against racism in a way that works for their communities.”

The grant will be divided into two streams: a general community stream and a stream directed at supporting anti-racism projects and initiatives that affect Alberta’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

“Without understanding, reconciliation is impossible,” noted Minister of Indigenous Relations Richard Feehan.

“This funding will help First Nations, Metis Settlements and frontline organizations combat the harmful legacies of racism against Indigenous people in Alberta. As we work together to dismantle fears and misunderstanding, we’re building a better future for everyone in Alberta.”

Applications for the Anti-Racism Community Grant can be downloaded at The first application deadline is Aug. 1.

As indicated in the Taking Action Against Racism report, over the coming months, government will further engage on a number of additional items to combat racism, foster acceptance and promote diversity and inclusion. Proposed action items include creating a Provincial Hate Crimes Unit, updating curriculum to include materials focused on fighting racism and making it easier for Albertans to have access to anti-racism resources.

Quick facts

  • Eligible community organizations can apply for up to $25,000 in matching funding. Up to $5,000 in non-matching funding may be available for eligible organizations.  
  • An applicant’s matching funding may be in the form of cash, donated labour, donated materials and services, or a combination.
  • The application intake deadlines for 2018-19 are:
    • Intake 1 – Aug. 1
    • Intake 2 – Nov. 1
    • Intake 3 – Jan. 1
  • Eligible organizations include:
    • Community non-profit organizations registered (and in good standing) under one of the following acts:
      • Agriculture Societies Act
      • Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act – Extra-Provincial Corporations
      • Companies Act, Part 9 (non-profit companies)
      • Libraries Act
      • Societies Act of Alberta
      • Special Act of the Alberta legislature
      • Special Act of the Parliament of Canada
      • Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (in addition to Alberta’s Business Corporations Act)
      • Income Tax Act (of Canada and operating in the Province of Alberta (Charities))
    • Universities, colleges and institutes as defined under the Post-secondary Learning Act
    • A First Nations or Métis Settlement in Alberta.


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