ALGEHR Symposium Endowment Fund

In 1992, the Alberta Guild hosted a very successful International Symposium, with ringers attending from Korea, Japan, Great Britain, USA, Australia, Chile and Canada. It was a major undertaking begun with very little funding, but resulting in a surplus thanks to greater than expected ticket sales, frugal planning and successful Post-Symposium tours. In April of 1994, the Board wisely arranged for the money to be invested in safe, interest-bearing funds, with the interest to be used to further the mission of the Alberta Guild of English Handbell Ringers.

Each year the interest funds ALGEHR’s SEF Grant program and the Composer Competition.

The purpose of the Endowment Fund grant program is to provide financial assistance to individuals, bell groups or event organizers for projects that support the Alberta Guild’s mission statement. The five categories under which one can apply are of equal value and weighting – International Symposia, Provincial workshops or programs, capital purchases, outreach and scholarships.

Click on the link below for the 2017 application form…

SEF Grant application form 2017



Louis Riel School, Calgary                                   –       Purchase of Ring ‘n Roll Cases
Parkland Bells, St Andrew’s United,                  –       Attending 2016 IHS in Vancouver, BC
      Sherwood Park
First Baptist Church, Calgary                              –       Attending 2016 IHS in Vancouver, BC
Jubiloso Bells of Concordia /                              –       Transportation of bell equipment to 2016 IHS in Vancouver, BC
      Robertson Wesley Music Society
Bells in Harmony, Sherwood Park                     –       Used toward cost of choir attending IHS in Vancouver 2016
Monsignor Hetherington School, Calgary        –       Purchase of mallets for school bell program
Salvation Army Church Choir, Lethbridge       –       Music and mallets for their bell choir
JuBELLation, Three Hills                                    –       Music and mallets
There were no applicants in 2014
Jubiloso, Edmonton                                              –       Outreach
Classic Bronze, Edmonton                                   –       Assist with a clinician
Parkland Bells, Spruce Grove                              –       Assist towards the purchase of a 4th octave of chimes
Gilbert Paterson Middle School, Lethbridge    –       Assist towards a 4th octave of bells
St. Vincent De Paul School, Calgary                   –       Start up materials, foam, covers and music
Gilbert Paterson Middle School, Lethbridge    –       Assist towards the purchase of handchimes
St. Anne School, Fort McMurray                        –       Assist towards the purchase of handchimes
Pine Street School, Sherwood Park                    –       Assist towards the purchase of handchimes
Robertson-Wesley Ringers, Edmonton             –       Transportation to International Symposium in Australia
St. Albert United Church, St. Albert                   –      Fees to attend Ringing Link in Penticton
C3 Choir, Calgary                                                    –      Start up costs
Dunluce School, Edmonton                                  –      Performance with the Edmonton Symphony
Parkland Bells, Spruce Grove                               –      Purchase of third octave of bells
Concordia College, Edmonton                              –      Ringspiration summer program
Father Leo Green School, Edmonton                  –      Handbell Choir for equipment like tables, foams, etc.
Lutheran Church of our Savior, Calgary             –      Funds towards the purchase of handchimes to establish a new program
St. Albert United Church, St. Albert                    –      Fees to attend Ringing Link 2000
Robertson-Wesley United Church,                      –      Production of a CD
Coalhurst Elementary School                                –      Purchase of a three octave set of handbells
Alison Wood, Edmonton                                        –     Fee to attend International Symposium in Japan
Camrose United Church, Camrose                       –     Fees to attend Ringing Link 98
Various choirs in Edmonton                                  –     Transportation to Ringing Link 98
Highlands United Church, Edmonton                 –     Production of a cassette tape by the Handbell choirs for the Church’s 85th Anniversary

Criteria for Assessment of Projects


1.     Those projects which seem to be of the most benefit to the ringing community of Alberta will be given preference
2.     The quality of the application will be considered.  A proposal that clearly outlines the goal, purpose and how the project will benefit the provincial handbell community, as well as the education and qualifications of the individual or group applying will be an asset.
3.     Financial need of the applicant(s) will be considered.  We will view favorably those applications which demonstrate financial commitment to the project through indications of gathering or seeking funds from other sources,or willingness to contribute some of the funds personally.
4.      A thorough, reasonable and itemized budget will reflect positively on the application


For further information contact
Anke Kelker, Chairperson SEF Grant program


Each year, ALGEHR awards a grant from the Symposium Endowment Fund.
Details of this grant follow:
Grant Award: up to $2,000.00 per year with the maximum available for a single application being $1000.00
NOTE: The Board is under no obligation to award each year and reserves the right to award or refrain from awarding, any or all applications.
Applicant Eligibility
        Applicants must be members of ALGEHR or the recognized representative of the Handbell Guild of Canada
        Each applicant may receive only one grant per year
        Each applicant must be prepared to demonstrate fiscal responsibility, justification for funding, and a proposal for general benefit to the ringing community and will report back to the Guild when the project is over.
Grant Eligibility
        Applications may be made under five equally weighted categories:
             International Symposia
             Provincial Workshops or Programs
             Capital purchases such as music, musical equipment, etc.
             Scholarships to events, etc.
Grant Application Procedures
        Applications will include:
             Project description (include relevance to eligibility requirements and/or ALGEHR mission statement, financial information, budget/financial
Applications must be postmarked by March 31 2017 of the current year and mailed to:

ALGEHR Symposium Endowment Fund
Anke Kelker
#105, 10547 – 83 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T6E 2E1


Grant recipients will be notified by June 1 of the current year.