The FIRE Grant program (Funding Indigenous Resurgence in Edmonton) offers Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) individuals and organizations up to $10,000 in funding to support initiatives that help communicate essential stories about the community.
FIRE is a grant program created by Indigenous peoples for Indigenous peoples. This program promotes Indigenous peoples’ natural right to self-determination and cultural revival, and they aim to offer people the resources and assistance they need to continue their incredible work. They’re looking for projects that focus on storytelling and art in 2022: Heritage is built on storytelling and artistic practice. Writing, performance, visual, music, film, culinary, and textiles are just a few options available to applicants.
EHC is thrilled to collaborate with Arts Habitat Edmonton for the FIRE project award. Arts Habitat is a non-profit organization whose aim is to advocate for, locate, manage, and construct adequate, accessible art venues in Edmonton and the surrounding area. They are committed to engaging with FIRE candidates to assist them in their quest for suitable venues and spaces in the city.
We encourage you to apply if your individual or community project focuses on storytelling and/or art as a form of heritage expression and is related to amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton).
What Do they Have to Offer Recipients of the FIRE Grant?
Ongoing assistance – their knowledgeable team provides project mentoring throughout the application process.
Connections — they’ll help you connect with other grantees, experts, and organizations who can help you progress your project, such as Arts Habitat Edmonton, which will assist you in finding venues and locations in Edmonton that meet your needs.
They’ll use their platforms to spread the word about your story, highlight your work, and inspire others.
Relationship to be maintained – they will continue to work with you to assist you in developing your capacity to apply for other funds, such as the Heritage Community Investment Program (HCIP) awards offered by the EHC.
How to Apply?
Please print and fill out the budget form, then:
Fill in the following Google Form to apply for the subsequent grant: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSetGrdppLeUsVfjotd0yivaWwIFBesfW_7DceATWqRdZQU5eg/viewform?usp=sf_link
Who Is Eligible?
- The candidate must be at least 18 years old and a member of the First Nations, Métis, or Inuit communities.
- The candidate cannot be working on a FIRE-funded project right now. Each calendar year, applicants are only eligible for one FIRE grant.
- The applicant must submit final reports for all previous EHC-funded projects and refund any unused award funds. Applicants who have received extensions on other EHC-funded projects are also ineligible.
- The project must have an element of Indigenous history or legacy and a relationship to the arts and storytelling.
- The project must have a clear start and finish date and a defined scope of activity (if you are applying as a non-profit or collective, your initiative must be separate from your organization’s ongoing operations or programs).
- The applicant must be an individual, a registered non-profit organization, or a group of individuals who live, work, or plan to work in the Edmonton metropolitan area.
Funding Amount: Up to $10 000
The FIRE Grant will cover any eligible project costs. All costs linked to your project’s conception, implementation, and promotion are eligible, except:
- Costs associated with fundraising efforts (e.g., computer equipment, camera)
- Expenses incurred before receiving financial notification
Please keep in mind that grants are taxable income that must be declared on personal tax returns. The grant payment will be made out to the organization or individual named as the applicant on the grant application form if the application is approved.
EHC cannot make award payments in installments or distribute grant monies to multiple recipients. If you have any issues reporting this income, EHC recommends consulting with a competent accountant.
Evaluation of the Application
The EHC reviews all applications for completeness and program eligibility, and a jury evaluates all qualified applications. If necessary, final funding recommendations may be made to the EHC Board of Directors for approval.
Timeline for the Application
From the application deadline to the news of funds, the application process can take five weeks. Successful projects must be completed within one year after receiving funding notification.
- April 15, 2022, at 4PM (MST)
- September 30, 2022 at 4PM (MST)