Grants Supporting Diversity, Equity & Human Rights - deadline to apply is April 30

Purpose of the Grants

The Alberta Teachers' Association offers grants of up to $2,000 to help fund innovative projects designed to build inclusive learning communities. An inclusive learning community is community based on the principles of respect for diversity, equity and human rights. Such communities foster and support the intellectual, social, physical, emotional and spiritual development of each child. Inclusive learning communities are characterized by cooperation, caring and respect. In addition, they are committed to promoting racial harmony; gender equity; First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education; the alleviation of poverty; peace and global education; the prevention of violence; and respect for all people.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must be active or associate members of the ATA.
  2. Projects must meet the following criteria:
    1. Focus on education or communication and advance knowledge, develop skills and foster inclusive behaviour among students, school staffs and the community. Projects might centre on such themes as these:
      • Anti-racism education
      • First Nations, Métis and Inuit education
      • Gender equity
      • Intercultural education
      • Peace and global education
      • Poverty issues
      • Sexual orientation, gender identity, physical characteristics, mental ability, ancestry
      • Violence prevention
    2. Advance the mission of public education by helping to develop
      • a foundation of learning,
      • citizens of a democratic society and
      • the potential and gifts of each child.
    3. Reflect the principles of diversity, equity and human rights.
    4. Be sustainable and have ongoing impact on students and/or teachers.
  3. Preference will be given to projects in which stakeholders are involved in the planning.
  4. Grants will not be awarded for the purpose of (a) sponsoring one-time events that are not linked to a broader action plan (b) purchasing materials (such as textbooks and capital equipment) or services that can ordinarily be obtained using school funds, and (c) projects to support fundraising events.

How the Grants Are Administered

  1. Projects will be approved for funding by the Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Committee based on how well they meet the criteria outlined above.
  2. One-half of the grant will be paid when the grant application is approved.
  3. The balance of the grant will be paid after the project has been completed and the recipient has submitted an accounting and evaluation report explaining how well the project achieved its intended outcomes, how effective the implementation process was and how the project might be improved in the future. Final Report Form (PDF)
  4. The ATA retains the copyright and ownership of any materials produced as a result of a grant.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application form. You must be logged into ATA Online Services in order to access the form. Select the Login option in the upper right-hand corner of this screen to login. If the button indicates Logout, you are already logged in.
  2. A copy of your application will be emailed to you directly after submission.

A list of past grant recipients is available. You can also download the DEHR Grant brochure (PDF).