Research & Planning Grant

Deadline: September 2, 2022

Research & Planning grants provide funding 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

How to Apply

Our applications are moving onto our portal system. This means you will be asked to answer a series of questions rather than put together a formal application.

Please use our application worksheet to plan and save your answers; it is available here.

As the portal system is still new, we recommend applicants save their answers on the worksheet in case there are any issues with the system.

Further details will be available prior to the next run on how to use the portal system.

Portal Information

We strongly advise all applicants to prepare your answers on the worksheets provided above as the portal is still in testing stages.  

The application is available through our new portal system, which will re-open in time for the new grant run.

Here is a tutorial video on using our portal. Please note, this video was created for the Operational grant, so some details may not apply.

Instructions for using the portal: 

  1. When you enter the system, please use the forgot password function with the e-mail address of the main contact responsible for the application. This will ensure that if the organization has any membership details associated with this contact they will be linked to your application.

If you receive a “User not found” message please proceed to creating an account. 

    1. Once you have created an account/established a password for an existing account please log in. When you login, there will be a largely blank screen titled Dashboard, in the top left hand corner there is an icon that looks like a stack of lines, please click it, it will open a menu. From there select Applications, then New Application. 
    1. Once you are in New Application, there will be a pop-up box that asks you to select a campaign, please select based on the correct stream for your application. For more details about Streams, see above. 
    1. When you select a Stream it will take you to a screen where you can see the status of the campaign, in the bottom right hand part of the table there is a start button, please click the button to begin the application.  
    1. Please follow the instructions on the application and complete as listed. The form should auto save, but please ensure you have your answers on your worksheet saved to your computer in case any issues arise.  There is a button available at the bottom of the page to “Save Draft” and when you are ready to submit, please click the “Complete Form” button.  

    If you have any additional questions, or if any issues arise while using our portal please contact EHC Grants Staff at or 780-429-0166 ext. 288. 

    Who Is Eligible?

    To be eligible, the applicant must be an individual, registered non-profit society, or collective of individuals whose residence or location of work is in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

    If applying as an individual, the applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident over the age of 18.

    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.

    Please download the new grant guidelines, signature page, and budget form for this stream prior to making your application.

    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.

    What Is the Deadline?

    Upcoming deadlines for Research & Planning Grant applications are:

    • March 4, 2022
    • September 2, 2022

    You will need to submit your application using our portal system. Information on how to access the portal will be available in late January.

    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). Submit your Final Report using the downloadable forms below.