Research & Planning Grant

Deadline: TBA

Research & Planning grants provide financial support (up to $5,000) to individuals and organizations to complete preliminary research or planning towards a larger heritage project. If you have questions about our grants, we encourage you to reach out to EHC Grants Staff at

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for a Reasearch and Planning Grant, applicants must:
a) Be a not-for-profit organization, individual, or collective of individuals whose residence or location of work is in the Edmonton Capital Region, as determined by the Capital Board boundaries.
b) Not have any outstanding grants or agreements due to the EHC.
c) Demonstrate the benefit of the project to the citizens of Edmonton.
d) Project must have clear start and end dates, as well as a specific scope of activities separate from regular operations and/or ongoing programs.
e) If applying as an individual, the applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident over the age of 18.
f) Applicants cannot have been awarded a Research and Planning Grant during the current calendar year.
g) Educational institutions and government owned and/or operated facilities are not eligible.

Project Eligibility

a) Projects are not eligible if work has already begun or is planned to begin prior to receiving notification about grant results from the Edmonton Heritage Council.
b) Arts-based projects: HCIP does not fund any expenses directly related to artistic production or presentation. Eligible expenses may include, but are not limited to, funding for historical research and dramaturgy, archival projects, or audience engagement strategies involving local heritage topics.

Who Is Not Eligible?

Applicants cannot have already been awarded an HCIP Research & Planning Grant during the current calendar year. Applicants must be up to date with final reports for other HCIP-funded work, including returning and unused grant funds. Applicants who have been granted extensions on other HCIP-funded work are also not eligible to apply.

HCIP excludes educational institutions and government owned and/or operated facilities. Individuals employed by these institutions are also ineligible, unless they can demonstrate that the project is outside of their professional role within the organization and will be of value in the broader heritage sector.

Projects are not eligible if work has already begun or is planned to begin prior to receiving notification about grant results from the Edmonton Heritage Council.

Application Process

All forms are available through our AMS Grants Portal.

  • Download and review the grant guidelines before beginning your application to ensure that you are aware of all the requirements of a specific grant stream.
  • Download and complete a Budget Template, ensuring that all revenues and expenses are included and that the totals match.
  • Download a worksheet to help assemble all the information and documentaion you will need to complete your application.
  • Complete the online application form and attach supporting documentation.
  • Any potential profits generated by an HCIP funded project must be included in the budget as ‘revenue’

What Is the Deadline?

The next deadline for Research & Planning Grant applications is:

  • TBA

You will need to submit your application using our Grants Portal.

Applications are due by 4:00 PM on the deadline day.

Final Reporting

All grant recipients are required to submit a Final Report to the EHC to share the outcomes of grant funding. Final Reports are due 90 days after project completion or by the date listed in the Letter of Agreement signed by the EHC and the successful applicant organization (whichever comes first). To submit your final report, use the form below. 

Receipts for expenses over $500.00 are required.

Please note that grants are taxable income that must be reported when filing personal income taxes. If successful, the grant cheque will be made out to the organization or individual identified as the applicant on the grant application form. EHC is unable to distribute grant funds to multiple recipients or make grant payments in installments. EHC recommends seeking professional accounting assistance if you have questions about reporting this income.