Welcome to ECALA

We are an Edmonton based adult community learning association, with a mandate to help individuals access non-credit educational opportunities throughout our city.

If you have educational needs, please visit our Programs & Services page or if you are a non-profit organization and want information on our funding, please visit our Grants & Funding page.

We have proudly served the city of Edmonton since 1998, and are funded by the Government of Alberta.

Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association (ECALA) is a granting council which provides funding to non-profit agencies to support the delivery of adult foundational learning and literacy initiatives which are non-credit and part-time.  ECALA promotes the value of lifelong learning, adult foundational learning and literacy through our vision “Everyone can learn”. 

Recently, ECALA received funding from Alberta Advanced Education to add an employee to our small team. primarily to build adult foundational learning and literacy capacity in ECALA member agencies and Community-based Adult Learning Programs (CALPS).  In addition, the PDS will support the development and implementation of a Learning and Training Plan in collaboration with Edmonton-based stakeholders. 

Indigenous Adult Programs

Funding Available for Indigenous Adult Programs, please visit Funding Applications page

What’s New

2018-1019 Request for Proposals

ECALA released the annual Request For Proposals Regular funding on December 7, 2017 to ECALA member agencies.  If you would like to submit a proposal you will want to contact the ECALA staff to discuss your request.  Half-day workshops will be held in January on how to complete the Request for Proposals.  Register for the workshops by emailing pd@ecala.org.

Deadline:  Friday, January 26, 2018 4:00 p.m.

2018-19 Request For Proposals

ELL Community of Practice: Feb 10th 2018

Our ELL Community of Practice was held on February 10th, 2018 at CCI-LEXs learner centre. Excellent discussion was generated around the resources available to ELL practitioners.

A community of practice is a group of people who share a passion for adult learning and building strong networks by coming together to share and learn from each other. Everyone within the community brings with them  unique backgrounds and experiences.

Each member of the ECALA community of practice:

  • brings something valuable to the discussion
  • is encouraged to  share what they know with the rest of the ECALA community
  • has access to the CALP portal—an incredible resource for ELL practitioners
  • is invited to regional training and ECALA   Community Conversations 

We would like to offer a quick word of thanks to our wonderful presenters: Katie Walker, Wendy Peverett, Marie Fontaine, Karen Marke, Lisa Zhu, Dorte Weber, and Sheida Azimi. 

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