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 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.

2021/2022 Call for Proposals

ECALA funding is only attainable through our annual Call for Proposals. Our 2021/2022 Call for Proposals will be open soon. 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.

2021/2022 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. With the exception of the proposal process, all Indigenous funding applications must adhere to ECALA’s 2020/2021 Proposal & Funding Guidelines.

If you are not an ECALA member organization, please read our Proposal and Funding Guidelines and contact us before submitting an application.

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