30th Anniversary Legacy Grants

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Legacy Grants program supports distinctive and high-impact projects which drive transformational long-term change to advance the real estate industry and real estate across Alberta. The Foundation has allocated $2M in 2021 and welcomes funding requests over $250,000 through this program.

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation was founded in 1991 by the Government of Alberta in collaboration with industry stakeholders to support and advance the real estate industry and to serve the public interest. We do this by funding real estate education, law reform, research, projects, and activities.

The Real Estate Act states that the Foundation’s purpose is to promote and undertake:

  1. the education of related professionals and the public in respect of the real estate industry,
  2. law reform and research in respect of the real estate industry, and
  3. other projects and activities to advance and improve the real estate industry.
    See Section 64: Foundation’s Mandate
Funding will be considered for distinctive and high-impact projects which will drive transformational long-term change
to advance the real estate industry and real estate across Alberta.
Mandatory Criteria Preferred Criteria
• Fit the Foundation’s mandate.• Demonstrate industry involvement or collaboration.
• Meet the strategic priorities adopted by the Board.• Leverage wider support with AREF’s funding by securing additional funders.
• Address an industry-identified need that is in the public interest.• Generate transferable results so that the project can impact more than its local context.
• Make a lasting impact and have a broad reach.• Incorporate knowledge sharing on to the broader community.
• Demonstrate organizational capacity to manage and complete the project the grant would support within the agreed timeframe and budget.• Not duplicate existing work.

Grants are not awarded to support:

  • individuals
  • for-profit and commercial ventures
  • political or religious activities
  • other granting agencies for ultimate distribution to agencies or programs of its own choosing
  • activities already substantially completed (retroactive funding)
  • deficit or debt retirement
  • annual fundraising drives
  • motivational presentations
The first step in getting funding for your project is to submit your Legacy Grant Letter of Inquiry and either a completed Industry Nomination form or letter of support from an industry representative. We look forward to hearing about your project!

Step 1: Submit Inquiry and Industry Nomination

Submit a Legacy Grant Letter of Inquiry (download here) to inquiries@aref.ab.ca three to four weeks in advance of the grant deadline along with a nomination from an industry representative. If your project is a fit we will be in contact to set up a call or a meeting. If projects meet the Foundation’s criteria, we will invite you to complete a full application for evaluation.

Step 2: Invited to apply

You will submit your application through our online submission portal by the deadline. The application will go under a staff review as well as a Blind Governor Peer Review with the opportunity to provide additional information to answer any questions raised.  Both Staff and Governors will evaluate applications using the Evaluation Tool.

Step 3: Presentation to the Board and Board Meeting

If deemed suitable, you will be asked to present your application to the Board of Governors prior to the Board Meeting.

The Board will make the final decision on each application at the Board Meeting. Board decisions may not be appealed.

Step 4: Recognition

If your project is approved, we expect appropriate recognition, regular project updates as well as a final report. All publications, reports, and outcomes of research projects and grants must be made available publicly (electronic copies can be found in our Resource Library).

Grant Application DeadlineBoard Meeting
May 3rd, 2021June 21st, 2021
August 9, 2021September 27, 2021

All deadlines and meetings are subject to change without notice. Before preparing an application, confirm the appropriate deadline with us. The Board of Governors meets two to three times a year to make funding decisions.

In addition to submitting a Legacy Grant Letter of Inquiry, we require a completed Industry Nomination Form.