Applications Open for Magazine Publishers Operating Grant Program (Alberta Media Fund)

Date: 18th May 2022

The GoA Magazine Publishers Operating Grant Program is now accepting applications and replaces the Cultural Industry Organization Operating Grant, which has been in effect since 2011. Eligible organizations may receive funding to invest in the operation and administration of their organization to further its mission and in specific business development activities that strengthen and advance the organization’s and industry’s capacity.

Applicants may apply through the online grant application system until the 27 June, 2022 deadline.

Understanding the number of new entrants to the program and some challenges of the past few years, the financial reporting requirement threshold in which a Notice to Reader/Engagement is required has been raised from $10,000 to $25,000.

Financial Document Exception Update

The Alberta Media Fund has determined there to be minimal risk associated with the change and will seek to amend the guidelines for future intakes. This change is in line with other funding programs within the Ministry and should provide some financial relief to smaller organizations.

To reiterate, you must provide the organization’s most recent annual financial statements, accompanied by:

  • Grants over $50,000 require a Review Engagement Report prepared by a designated accountant; licensed to practice in Alberta;
  • Grants over $25,000 require a Notice to Reader or Compilation Engagement Report prepared by an accountant; or
  • Grants of $25,000 or less require a detailed financial statement approved and signed by two board members other than the Treasurer, or if a sole proprietorship a copy of the most recent T2125 tax form

The program guidelines, glossary of terms and GATE reference manuals are available here:  

Please ensure you allow sufficient time to familiarize yourself with the GATE portal and apply for funding in advance of the deadline. Contact Cultural Industries directly should you have any questions or require assistance with the use of the GATE system.

Connect with the Alberta Media Fund:
Phone: 780-422-8584
Toll free: 310-0000 followed by the number (in Alberta)

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