Alberta Media Fund: Cultural Industry Magazine Publishers Operating Grant

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The Cultural Industry Magazine Publishers Operating Grant is designed to meet the unique needs of the magazine publishing industry in Alberta. Eligible organizations may receive funding to invest in the operations and administration of an organization to further its mission and in specific business development activities that strengthen and advance the organizations and industry’s capacity.

Comments on Funding:

Eligible organizations may receive no less than a minimum of $5,000 or more than a maximum of $125,000.

Deadline: April 1 - June 1 (annually)

Eligible organizations must:

  • be primarily involved in the production of magazines;
  • be registered and in good standing in accordance with the appropriate provincial legislation;
  • have been in operation in Alberta for at least 12 months prior to application date and have completed one full publishing schedule prior to the application date;
  • be at least 51% majority owned by an Albertan or Albertans, and the effective managerial and editorial control of the magazine resides with persons who are residents of Alberta;
  • produce magazines and digital magazines by individuals other than the organization's principals, board members or stakeholders; with published editorial content from more than one person;
  • be primarily engaged and generate earned revenues aside from any government sourced funding;
  • present fair compensation for editorial content from more than one person;
  • be physically located in Alberta;
  • have editorial policies and decisions that are in the sole control of an editor or editorial board;
  • have a clear distinction between editorial content and advertising;
  • present products that clearly display a masthead or contact page that includes, at minimum, the names of the publisher and editor in addition to the postal address for the publication;
  • contain at minimum, an average of 80% original Canadian editorial content. Content curated, syndicated reproduced or paid for by a third party (commonly known as advertorial) is not considered original editorial content for the purposes of this program.

    Magazine – Print issues must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • be a minimum of 24 bound pages in length on average for published issues;
  • have a publicly accessible distribution network – for example, subscriber list, newsstand, tourism outlets;
  • have a minimum print run of 500 copies; and
  • publish at minimum 2 issues per year to a maximum of 5

  • Magazine – Digital issues must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • be a destination for users or readers rather than an e-newsletter, RSS feed or similar;
  • publish under a common title, with an established publishing calendar;
  • archive a substantive amount of content, which can include articles, videos, photos, infographics etc., as sequential, issue-based.
  • maintain a regular publishing schedule in which the majority of editorial content changes, at minimum, twice during a 12-month period.
  • be able to demonstrate readership using a verifiable method identified by the publisher, specific to the publication. Publishers may be asked for verification.
  • maintain circulation at one of the following levels over the most recent 12-month period:
    a) open-access, web-based service: maintain a minimum of 5,000 unique monthly visitors;
    b) closed-access (subscription, paywall): maintain a minimum of 200 active subscribers.
Application Steps:


Documentation Needed:


Other Things to Note:

The intake period is open from April 1 to June 1 annually.

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