Alberta Historical Resources Foundation

The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation (AHRF) was established in 1973 through the Historical Resources Act to promote public awareness and enjoyment of Alberta's heritage.

Reporting to the Minister of Culture, AHRF has an appointed Board of Directors consisting of individuals from different regions of the province. AHRF receives professional, technical and administrative support from the Historic Resources Management Branch of the ministry.

With an allocation from the Alberta Lottery Fund, AHRF is the Government of Alberta's primary window for heritage preservation funding. It provides financial and technical assistance to individuals and organizations for initiatives that preserve and interpret Alberta's heritage through a variety of grants offered by the Heritage Preservation Partnership Program; and to municipalities through the Alberta Main Street Program and the Municipal Heritage Partnership Program. It also provides funding to several provincial heritage organizations and the Provincial Heritage Markers Program.

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Heritage Preservation Partnership Program
This program provides financial assistance to individuals and organizations for initiatives that preserve and interpret Alberta's heritage through conservation, heritage awareness, publications, research grants, and scholarships.

Print the Heritage Preservation Partnership Program Guidelines for complete information on grant categories and funding policies and procedures.

MHPP Logo Municipal Heritage Partnership Program
This program provides opportunities for municipalities to access funding assistance, expertise and networks to help them establish or maintain existing municipal heritage conservation programs …more

Main Street

Alberta Main Street Program
This program provides resources and expertise for communities committed to conserving their historic commercial districts…more
Museum logo Support to Provincial Heritage Organizations
The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation provides annual funding to five other provincial heritage organizations: Alberta Museums Association, the Archives Society of Alberta, the Historical Society of Alberta, the Alberta Genealogical Society and the Archaeological Society of Alberta. Funding assists these organizations in delivering programs and services that document, preserve and present the province's heritage.

Provincial Heritage Markers Program
The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation funds the production and installation of heritage markers that profiles aspects of Alberta's history …more

Heritage Awards
The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation's Heritage Awards are presented to recognize and celebrate the significant contributions of individuals, organizations, corporations, and municipalities to the protection, preservation and promotion of Alberta's heritage. Deadline for submitting nominations is July 15, 2014.

Heritage Awards 2014
Click for PDF of full Heritage Awards 2014 ad.

Geographical Names Program
The board, under the authority of the Historical Resources Act, makes decisions with the concurrence of the minister on the naming of geographical features in Alberta in response to applications submitted to the program …more

The Foundation's work is governed by several documents, including:

  • a Mandate and Roles document, which establishes a common understanding of the Foundation's purpose and responsibilities;
  • a Competency Matrix, which articulates the competencies, experience and personal attributes required of Foundation board members; and
  • a Code of Conduct, which states the Foundation's core values and commits it to ethical practices.

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AHRF grant support announced for heritage projects

The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation is awarding more than $1.48 million in heritage grants through the Municipal Preservation Partnership Program and the Heritage Preservation Partnership Program.

Online Bulletin
Full listing of grant recipients

Funding for flood-impacted historic resources

On January 27, 2014, the Government of Alberta announced special, temporary funding to assist museums, archives and legally protected (designated) historic buildings impacted by the 2013 flood.

Conservation of Flood-Impacted Historic Resources
A total of $4.5 million is available to owners of legally protected historic buildings whose properties were impacted by the floods for costs not covered through the Disaster Recovery Program and/or insurance.

Conservation of Flood-Impacted Museum and Archival Collections
$6 million dollars is being provided to flood-impacted museums and archives to provide necessary care for their collections.

More information on funding for impacted museums is available through the Alberta Museums Association.

For more information on the funding available to impacted archives, please visit the Archives Society of Alberta.

Last reviewed/revised: June 26, 2014