HCIP Updates in Response to COVID-19

In response to the realities Edmontonians are facing as the COVID-19 public health crisis continues to impact every aspect of our lives, the Edmonton Heritage Council has implemented some changes to the Heritage Community Investment Program (HCIP).

Given the current restrictions on travel, HCIP has instituted an Online Learning grant stream, investing up to $2,000 towards eligible expenses per successful application, to temporarily replace the Travel grant. These funds provide assistance for individuals to participate in online courses, workshops, or virtual conferences to gain new skills to support the development of heritage work in Edmonton. As with the Travel streams, the main purpose of the online learning opportunity must pertain to the history and heritage of Edmonton and/or skills that will support work in this sector.

In addition, we have made some changes to the format of the Project Accelerator HCIP stream. For the current intake, EHC is prioritizing projects that align with one of the following categories:

  • Project Accelerator Digital Heritage Experiences Grant (maximum of $10,000) – to provide assistance to individuals or organizations to support new initiatives that share Edmonton’s stories through virtual media. Projects may include (but are not limited to) new web resources, podcasts, video content, e-books, app development, or virtual community gatherings.
  • Project Accelerator Individual Seed Grant (maximum of $5,000) – to provide assistance to individual heritage practitioners to complete preliminary planning or research towards a larger heritage project.

All projects must be achievable within guidelines and restrictions in place at the time of application to protect from the threat of COVID-19.

Complete applications for the Online Learning and Project Accelerator streams must be submitted by e-mail as a single-document PDF to grants@edmontonheritage.ca by Friday, June 5, 2020 at 4:00 PM. For feedback before final submissions, please submit a draft by Friday, May 22.

With the health and safety of our community as our top priority, EHC will not be accepting in-person submissions for this grant deadline.

The jury process is currently underway for the March HCIP intake, with results to be shared in early May of 2020. If you have received previous HCIP funding but the current state of emergency has forced you to cancel or change your plans, or if you are unsure about how best to proceed with, maintain, or adapt your work, please contact EHC grants staff at grants@edmontonheritage.ca.

Please consult EHC’s COVID-19 FAQs document and do not hesitate to get in touch if you have questions or concerns which have not been addressed to your satisfaction. Stakeholders are also invited to fill out this survey by April 27, 2020 on how the pandemic has impacted organizations and individuals in Edmonton’s heritage sector.