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 $1.14 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 programs from July 1st to June 30th every year. In order to receive funding from ECALA, organizations 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. Organizations must also operate as an effective not-for-profit service organization with sound practices in governance, and in the planning and management of programs, finances, and personnel.

2020/2021 Call for Proposals

ECALA funding is only attainable through our annual Call for Proposals. Our 2020/2021 Call for Proposals is now open. If you have any questions about the proposal process or the eligibility of your program, please read our 2020-2021 ECALA Proposal & Funding Guidelines (PDF) and call 780-415-5520. The deadline to apply for 2020/2021 funding is January 24th, 2020.

Click the links below to view sample copies of the documents within our 2020/2021 Proposal Package. If you are interested in obtaining the complete 2020/2021 Proposal Package, email

2020/2021 Indigenous Expression of Interest

As part of our ongoing Engaging Indigenous Learners initiative, we release an annual call for Expressions of Interest for ECALA Indigenous program funding. Based on the teachings from our initiative, our Indigenous Advisory Committee 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 Program Call for Proposals. When the call is open, those interested in receiving ECALA funding for Indigenous programming have the option of submitting an oral or written Expression of Interest. Organizations will then be invited to complete an Indigenous Funding Application if their Expression of Interest is successful. With the exception of the proposal process, all Indigenous funding applications must adhere to ECALA’s 2020/2021 Proposal & Funding Guidelines.

The 2020/2021 Call for Expressions of Interest will open in December 2019. We will post the call here and in our What’s New section as soon as it’s available. More information about the 2020/2021 Call for Expressions of Interest will be sent out in the December edition of our Members’ Matter Newsletter. The deadline to apply for 2020/2021 Indigenous funding will be January 31st, 2020.

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