ECALA Funding

The Government of Alberta, through Advanced Education, provides funding to granting councils and agencies across Alberta to support the delivery of part-time, non-formal adult learning opportunities. The Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association (ECALA) is the granting council for Edmonton’s urban centre.  ECALA distributes over $2.4 million dollars annually to non-profit organizations to provide Community Adult Learning Program (CALP) opportunities for adult Edmontonians who face social and financial barriers to learning.

ECALA funds foundational learning opportunities from July 1st to June 30th every year. In order to receive CALP funding from ECALA, agencies must be a legal entity incorporated for a minimum of two years under one of the following Alberta Statutes: The Societies Act, Part 9 of the Companies Act, the Libraries Act, the Métis Settlements Act, and the Post-Secondary Learning Act. In cases where the Service Organization is not a legal entity, a Legal Host approved by the department may receive the grant on behalf of the service organization. Agencies must also operate as effective not-for-profit service organizations with sound practices in governance, and in the planning and management of programs, finances, and personnel.

2022-2024 Call for Applications

Deadline January 21, 2022

ECALA funding is only attainable through our Call for Applications. If you have any questions about the application process or your learning opportunity eligibility, please read our 2022-2024 Application & Funding Guidelines and email

You are required to submit your application using the online process.

If you are not a current ECALA grant recipient and are interested in applying for CALP funding email to discuss the application process.

2022-2024 Indigenous Funding Expression of Interest

Deadline January 28, 2022

As part of our ongoing Engaging Indigenous Learners initiative, our Call for Applications includes an Indigenous Stream. Based on the teachings from our initiative, our Indigenous Working Group recommended that we adopt an Indigenous funding application process similar to Calgary Learns which requires a call for funding that is separate from our Regular Call for Applications. If you have any questions about the application process or the eligibility of your program, email