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News (Alberta): Government of Alberta Allocates More Funding for Live Events Sector

News (Alberta): Government of Alberta Allocates More Funding for Live Events Sector

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Alberta’s government is investing $13 million in the Stabilize Program to help non-profit arts and culture organizations recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

One-time grant funding through the Stabilize Program’s Adapt and Innovate stream will empower arts and culture non-profits to rebuild, reopen and offer live experiences.

Non-profit organizations may use Adapt and Innovate stream funds for projects to better allow them to resume in-person live experiences. Projects could include developing new funding, operating or event models. Non-profits can also use funding for projects to build their digital capability, such as new systems for online bookings, virtual queuing, reserved seating or simultaneous online and in-person performances. Qualifying organizations will be eligible for a grant of up to $75,000. Priority will go to smaller organizations and to organizations whose events are produced in Alberta. The deadline to apply is July 29.

This second phase of Stabilize Program funding also includes $3 million in matching funding allocated to non-profits that host live experiences or own and/or operate live experience venues. The government will approve and match donations dollar-for-dollar on a first-come, first-served basis until the $3 million is allocated.

Announced on Jan. 28, the first phase of the Stabilize Program provides one-time operational grant funding to support the reopening of live experience presenting and performing arts and sport organizations. This funding will help these organizations offset financial losses due to cancelled games and events. In addition to four organizations that received funding through donation matching, more than 100 organizations have received funding through the first phase of the Stabilize Program’s grant application process.

For details and eligibility information visit alberta.ca/stabilize-program-phase-2.aspx