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 Applications

ECALA funding is only attainable through our annual Call for Applications. If you have any questions about the application process or the eligibility of your program, please read our 2020-2021 ECALA Proposal & Funding Guidelines and email grants@ecala.org.

2021/2022 Indigenous Call for Applications

As part of our ongoing Engaging Indigenous Learners initiative, our annual call for ECALA 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 Program Call for Applications. If you have any questions about the application process or the eligibility of your program, please read our 2020-2021 ECALA Indigenous Proposal & Funding Guidelines and email grants@ecala.org.

Applications forms can be found on the Funding Documents page of our website. All grant questions can be sent by email to grants@ecala.org.