Grant Name: Public Art Commissions


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The Public Art Commission program will remain paused for 2021-22, as the AFA continues to analyze the 2020-21 scheduled review of this program and next steps. Learn more about the review.


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

  • a not-for-profit organization
  • library boards
  • Indian Bands as defined by the Indian Act R.S.C. 1985, C.1-5
  • Métis Settlements recognized under the Métis Settlements Act R.S.A. 2000, C.M14
  • post-secondary institutions established in Alberta and recognized by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology

Organizations must also:

  • be registered and in good standing in Alberta under the appropriate legislation for at least one year prior to the deadline
  • have been in operation for at least one full year prior to the deadline
  • have at least 50% of the organization’s board members, or ruling council, living in Alberta
  • demonstrate adherence to good governance principles, efficient administration practices and commitment to fiscal responsibility
  • have the legal right to place artwork at the proposed location

Previous grant recipients must have met reporting requirements in order to be eligible to receive funding.

Ineligible organizations

Ineligible organizations are:

  • municipalities
  • commercial enterprises
  • schools
  • groups that are not arm’s length from municipalities, commercial enterprises or schools
  • Government of Alberta agencies, boards or commissions

How to Apply?

The Public Art Commission program will remain paused for 2021-22, as the AFA continues to analyze the 2020-21 scheduled review of this program and next steps. ​

We only accept applications through the Grant Administration Tracking and Evaluation (GATE) online application system. We must receive your online application through GATE no later than 11:59 pm Mountain Time on the deadline date, unless the deadline falls on a statutory holiday or a weekend when it will be extended until the next working day. Please give the system time to process your application so that we receive notification of your submission before the deadline falls. Applications received after 11:59pm of the deadline date will be considered at the next deadline.

  • applicants may submit only one application to the AFA each deadline
  • the AFA does not accept incomplete applications
  • applications must be received prior to the commencement of the project
  • projects involving more than one organization must be submitted by the primary organization applicant
  • separate organization applications will not be accepted for the same project

GATE username registration

First-time applicants will require a GATE username and password. Contact us via email to obtain your GATE login information at least five business days prior to the application deadline.

Please include:

  1. your legal name
  2. the funding opportunity to which you are applying
  3. your email address

Your GATE user name and password will be sent to the email address provided.

What to include in your application

First, complete the GATE Applicant Profile section with all required information. Follow the step by step instructions in the GATE user guide to complete an Applicant Profile.

For detailed step-by-step instructions to submit your application, please download the GATE user guide for this funding opportunity.

GATE Project Application online forms

The following must be entered into the GATE system to complete the Public Art Commission Application:

  • a listing of primary and secondary contact persons and signing authority designate for the application
    • organizations must designate one member who is the contact person for all requirements in executing the Public Art Commission Agreement (signing authority designate)
  • the organization’s registration details, including Alberta Registration number and Canadian Charitable Registration number (if applicable) and incorporation date
  • a brief project title/description (approximately 20 words)
  • the project start and end dates
  • an applicant agreement with e-signature of the signing authority designate
  • a list of all current board members, including names and titles
  • a project budget, indicating all projected expenditures and non-AFA revenues in Canadian dollars (whether in-kind or financial contributions) for the project
    • the AFA requested amount will be automatically calculated as the difference between the cost of the project and contributions from other sources
    • for three dimensional artworks, the budget should include the cost of creating maquettes


The GATE attachment section indicates that not all attachments are required for submission. This is because they are only required for certain types of projects (e.g. marketing plan for a marketing project). It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all attachments noted in the guidelines are submitted with their application.

You’ll be required to complete and upload the following attachments:

Detailed project description

Please upload a detailed project description narrative that includes:

  • a description of all planned activities, and expected results and benefits
  • a detailed schedule of key project dates and milestones for the project
  • a listing of project leads or key persons working on the project, including:
    • a short description of their qualifications
    • a copy of their resumes (resumes should be no more than four pages)
  • a description of the suggested site where the artwork will be placed, including:
    • image(s) of the proposed site where the public art commission will be installed (if available)
    • the impact of the project on the place/community where it is situated
    • how the project enhances the public art landscape of the intended site
  • a description of how the proposed project fits within the purpose, guiding principles and definitions of the AFA collection, including:
    • the project’s ability to align with the AFA Collection Development Plan, especially section D: the Strategy and Criteria for Collection Development
  • demonstration that the organization has the legal right to place the artwork at the site (confirmed or pending)
    • applicants leasing spaces where artwork is intended to be placed must include a description of their lease terms, and identify what support they have from their landlord

Public Art Selection Committee

A Public Art Selection Committee typically is composed of :

  • artists/art professionals
  • the project manager
  • members of the site’s user groups
  • persons qualified to ensure an artwork’s technical feasibility

Please upload an attachment that describes your Public Art Selection Committee, including:

  • a narrative of how the committee will be incorporated into the project
  • a listing of any potential candidates (tentative or confirmed) with short descriptions of their backgrounds and relationship to the applicant organization
  • the name and resume of the individual designated to chair the committee

Organizational background

Please upload the following attachments related to the applicant organization:

  • a narrative description of the performance and achievements of the applicant organization to date
  • the organization’s most recent annual report and financial statements with Balance Sheet, Statement of Revenues and Expenditures, and Statement of Cash Flows
    • the financial statement must demonstrate responsible fiscal management
  • a copy of the organization’s most recent Annual Return from Alberta’s Corporate Registry or most recent return from the Canadian Revenue agency
  • a current organizational business and/or strategic plan
  • a listing of all partner organizations mentioned in the application and a short description of their role and purpose in the project, including:
    • a contact name
    • the nature of their industry
    • their partnership role in the project
    • for funding partners, please specify if their funding commitment is confirmed or anticipated
  • any additional support materials that may assist in the assessment process
    • these may include, but are not limited to, promotional literature, programs, or newsletters
    • Applicants may be asked for additional information.

Funding Amount

Based on individual applications

Contact Information

Elizabeth Capak, Art Collections Consultant – Acquisitions

T: 780-638-2850


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