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News (Alberta): Budget 2014 includes increase for Alberta Culture

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News (Alberta): Budget 2014 includes increase for Alberta Culture

Alberta Culture, Budget 2014

March 6, 2014

The Government of Alberta released Budget 2014 on March 6, 2014, which included an increase in budget for Alberta Culture.

Alberta Culture’s budget for 2014-15, including programming, operating and capital spending is $233 million. This is an overall increase of $14 million, which includes commitments of $66 million for community and voluntary support services, $59 million to protect and promote Alberta’s history and heritage, and $64 million to support arts and cultural industries.

Highlights include:

  • A $1.1 million increase to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for a total budget of over $29 million to support individual artists and arts organizations in telling Alberta’s stories.
  • A $5 million increase to the Alberta Media Fund’s Alberta production grant, for a total budget of $24.9 million. This increase will allow us to meet our commitments and continue supporting Alberta’s growing screen-based industry as well as sound recording and print industries.
  • An increase to Community Initiatives Program funding by $1 million.
  • An increase of $1.6 million to preserve and conserve Alberta heritage, including $600,000 to support the transition of the Royal Alberta Museum to its new facility in 2017; and a $775,000 increase the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation budget to support historic organizations such as the Glenbow Museum, and projects that document our past.
  • $1.3 million to the Francophone Secretariat to continue to support the development of French language services, resources and programming for Alberta’s growing Francophone population.
  • $8.8 million to assist culture organizations facing increased programming and operational costs, as well as rebuilding expenses as a result of the 2013 floods.
  • $6.8 million in capital investments for cultural infrastructure projects.

Click here for more information about Budget 2014 and how it impacts Alberta Culture.

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