Grants Program FAQ
Who is eligible to apply for AMA Grants?
Grants are available to Alberta-based Individual and
Institutional Members of the Alberta Museums Association.
Institutional Members must be designated a Recognized Museum or a
Candidate within the Recognized Museum
Specific eligibility criteria and restrictions are listed in the
Guidelines for each Grant Category.
What types of grants does the AMA offer?
The AMA offers grants in the following categories:
Institutional Grants provide funding to eligible
Institutional Members to complete projects in the following
areas: Museums and Society, Governance and Operations,
Collections, and Programming. Partnership Grants are also available
for projects involving two or more institutions. This grant
encourages applicants to undertake projects that directly respond
to needs identified by their communities and demonstrate leadership
within the museum sector.
Professional Development Grants provide funding to eligible
Individual and Institutional Members as they undertake professional
and personal learning opportunities to increase the overall body of
knowledge of the Alberta museum community.
Operational Staffing Grants provide funding to eligible
Institutional Members to build their capacity by contributing to
the wages of core museum staff. An application may support one or
multiple positions. Up to three museums may partner on an
application to share an employee.
Please note: grants will not be offered in all categories for
the 2020 - 21 granting year.
How can I get help with my application?
The AMA offers Advisory Services to help applicants better
understand the Grants Program. It is recommended to contact the
Grants Program Lead prior to submitting an application so s/he can
confirm that your proposed project is eligible for funding, or
inform you of any changes to the application process.
As part of the Grants Program offerings to applicants, a member
of the Grants Program staff will review drafts of applications and
provide comments, clarifications, and explanations prior to the
grant deadline. The Grants Program Lead communicates the annual
Grant Draft Deadlines on MAIN-L, e-bulletin, and the AMA website
annually in July. Utilizing the resources and knowledge of the
Grants Program staff can greatly improve your application and
chances for success.
Draft Review is available. Submit your application narrative
through the website using the Grant Application Form submission
button, located in the Members Only section.
How do I submit my application?
Application forms can now be filled out and submitted directly
on the AMA website. Progress in the online forms cannot be saved,
and it is strongly recommended you complete your responses in a
separate document and paste the responses into the application
form. To aid in this process, the questions for each grant
application are available in a separate PDF document.
Application Forms and attachments must be before submitted by
4:30 p.m. on the grant deadline. After an application is submitted,
a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of the application will
be sent. If the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday,
applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the next business day
after the deadline. In fairness to other applicants, late
submissions will not be accepted for any reason, but may be
eligible for review in a subsequent Grant Run.
Each question in the application form has set character limits.
Jurors review upwards of fifty to sixty applications each grant run
and applicants need to be clear and concise in their answers.
Answers to questions in the narrative submitted as supplementary
attachments will not be considered for review by the Jury.
Can I submit my Grant Application by fax / mail?
No. This is an online application process only; emails, faxes,
and hardcopy applications will not be accepted.
How can I check the status of my grant application?
To check the status of your grant application, log in to the
Members Only Section of the AMA website and click the Grant
Information button at the bottom of your Dashboard. Please note,
all grant information is secure and can only be viewed by
individuals in possession of the member applicant's login
For more details on how to access this information, please
to Access your Individualized Grant Information Online
How long until I know the outcome of my
The complete application process, from application deadline to
notification of grant status, may take up to ten weeks. The AMA
aims to process applications in a timely and efficient manner that
adheres to our accountability requirements.
How are the grants assessed?
Applications are adjudicated by a peer jury, selected from
Individual Members of the AMA.
How is the jury selected?
Prior to grant deadlines for the year, the Grants Program Lead
puts out a Call for Jurors. From the pool of potential jurors, the
Grants Program Lead chooses Individual Members of the AMA who
represent a diversity of skill, education level, geographic
location, museum size, and experience to form a Jury. Individual
Members can participate as jurors once every three years.
If you are interested in participating in a Jury, please contact
the Grants Program Lead at firstname.lastname@example.org or
How is an application assessed?
The jury will review and assess each grant application based on
the AMA's ranking system. All sections of the application narrative
are allocated points that the jury uses to score each submission.
The jury must reach a consensus when scoring each application. AMA
Staff facilitate the jury process but are not involved in
Still have questions? Please contact the Grants Program Lead at