2023: The Year in HCIP Grants

The Heritage Community Investment Program invests funds—provided by the City of Edmonton—into the stabilization, increased professionalism and innovation of heritage in Edmonton, for Edmontonians. Grants staff is seeking 2024 jurors from now until January 15, 2024 at midnight. Read the Call for Jurors and complete this online form to indicate your interest and availability. Contact: grants@edmontonheritage.ca.

In 2023, local heritage practitioners continued to display the creativity and diversity needed to tell Edmonton’s stories in new and compelling ways. It is our privilege to support this storytelling through our granting programs, FIRE (Funding Indigenous Resurgence in Edmonton) and HCIP (Heritage Community Investment Program), as well as our multimedia platform ECAMP (Edmonton City as Museum Project).

Below is a list of all the projects we’ve supported through our various HCIP streams in 2023. Click on the “summaries” links below for more information on projects funded through a given stream. We’ve also separately shared the details on work FIRE played a role in funding in Fall and Spring 2023.

Career Development see full summaries
(Funding up to $4,000 for individual heritage practitioners to participate in opportunities that will result in gaining new skills and knowledge to support the development of heritage work in Edmonton.)

Zach Polis UCLA Film Production Certificate

Mpooe Mogale Woezo Africa’s Black Arts Development Program

Change Capitalsee full summary
(Funding up to $20,000 to heritage organizations to undertake projects that develop internal capacity and new strategies that build resilience within the heritage sector.)

Alberta Aviation Museum Association Sustainability Business Case

Community Impact see full summaries
(Funding up to $20,000 for individuals or non-profit organizations to undertake projects that preserve, research, document, interpret, celebrate, and raise awareness of the history and heritage of Edmonton.)

The Archives Society of Alberta Supporting Indigenous Archives

ShiftLab Exploring wâhkôhtowin Board Game

Josh Languedoc Trail Worship: A Ceremonial Community Healing Walk

Emily Chu Chinatown Maps

Operational adjudicated in late 2022 for 2023 funding
(Limited operating assistance—up to 25 percent of an applicant’s eligible expenses—to museums, archives, and other heritage organizations to increase their capacity to research, preserve, interpret, and advocate for Edmonton’s heritage.)

Alberta Aviation Museum

Alberta Genealogical Society

Alberta Labour History Institute

Alberta Pioneer Railway Association

Edmonton Chinatown Chinese Library

Edmonton and District Historical Society

Edmonton Radial Railway Society

Société Généalogique du Nord Ouest

Société historique francophone de l’Alberta

Project Accelerator – see full summaries
(Funding up to $10,000 to individuals and organizations undertaking small-scale heritage projects that tell Edmonton stories.)

Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts – Fashion Show Project

Backroads Productions Making Kayfabe

John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights – Inspiring Change: Learning Activism from Older Generations

The Mah Society of Edmonton– Journey of the Horse

Anna Ouedrago – Edmonton Black History Project

Rainbow Story Hub – Spotlighting Queer Community Leaders and Events

Fahad Suleiman Caribbean in the Prairies

Research & Planning – see full summaries
(Funding up to $5,000 to individuals and organizations to complete preliminary research or planning towards a larger heritage project)

Sara Awatta – Stories of Black Women Leaders and Community Builders in Edmonton

Kyler Chittick – Sex and Sin in the City of Champions: A History of Moral Regulation in Edmonton

Cheryl Croucher Our Spirit Survived: Archiving Interviews Related to the Edmonton Indian Residential School

Ground Zero Productions – A Working History of Edmonton Chinese Community 1890 – 1960

Erina Harris – Traditional Indigenous Toys of Edmonton and Area

Saint Jackson Prayers in Peril Research

Taghreed Saadeh Meqdadi – I Am Arab Canadian – Research

Philippine Arts Council Alberta – Echoes of Identity: Tracing Filipino Cultural Landscapes in Edmonton

Jeannette Sinclair – Stories & Story Mapping of Our People: amiswâciwâskahikan Connections

If you have questions about HCIP grants, we encourage you to reach out to EHC Grants Staff at grants@edmontonheritage.ca.