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Professional Development Grant

Grants to Canada Artists and
Organizations for Continuing Education

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Access Copyright Foundation (ACF)

Deadline Date:

05/01/20 11:59 PM CST


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Canada artists and nonprofit organizations for career development and training. Funding is intended to advance knowledge and professional expertise for local writers, artists, and publishers. The purpose of the grant program is for art professionals to develop skills in the areas of production and publication of text and images. Professional Development grants are available in the literary and visual arts.

The Access Copyright Foundation programs promote excellence in Canadian content by supporting artistic and professional skills development for individuals and organizations engaged in the creation, production and publication of text and images. The Access Copyright Foundation Professional Development Grants provide access to specialized training and continuing education for writers and visual artists and for arts professionals employed or contracted by Canadian publishers, writing and visual arts organizations.

Grant Categories:

  • Creators: For individual creators (writers and visual artists) seeking to develop their craft, learn new skills, train with an established professional peer or pursue career development opportunities.
  • Arts Professionals and Publishers: For employees of, or freelance professionals contracted by publishers or publishing, writing and visual arts organizations seeking to enhance their expertise and knowledge through professional exchange, continuing education, skills development or attendance at creative industry events.

Eligible Activities:

Professional development may be undertaken through formal or informal means such as:

  • Workshops, courses, conferences or seminars
  • Online or correspondence courses
  • Internships or professional exchanges
  • Mentorship or apprenticeships
  • Residencies, colonies or studio programs for professional artists
  • Career development events or consultation

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163146

Term of Contract:

Funded projects must be completed no later than one year after their start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Access Copyright Foundation programs support the following types of creators, organizations and arts professionals working in publishing and the literary and visual arts:

Professional writers and visual artists who have completed formal or informal training in their discipline, maintain an artistic practice, and publish or present their work in a manner recognized by their professional peers. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and meet at least one of the following criteria:
- One professionally published book (excluding selfpublished books and chapbooks)
- One exhibition catalogue
- Eight publications in periodicals or journals.

Arts Professionals:
Professionals employed by or working freelance in the writing, publishing and visual arts sector, including but not limited to the following:
- Editors, translators, illustrators, designers
- Publicists, marketing and promotion specialists
- Program, editorial, administrative, marketing and production staff of eligible organizations and publishers
- Publishing consultants.
Arts professionals must have formal or informal training and a resume demonstrating their contribution to the creation, production, presentation or promotion of publishable Canadian content.

Artist Groups:
Informal collectives or small groups of professional writers or visual artists that:
- Have a mandate to provide mutual support, critique, discourse, professional or skills development
- Have a minimum of five active members
- Have met or have convened online at least monthly for one year prior to the date of application.

Organizations and Publishers:
Publishers or publishing, writing and visual arts organizations located in Canada that:
- Are legally registered in Canada as non-profit organizations, or are independent professional book or periodical publishers at least 75% Canadian-owned and controlled
- Have a program mandate that supports the interests of Canadian writers or visual artists
- Provide advocacy, research, promotion, public education, professional development and other support services to Canadian publishers, writers or visual artists, or
- Are literary or visual arts institutions in Canada operated by municipalities or government bodies but maintaining
artistic control and separate financial records.

To be eligible for Access Copyright Foundation grants, organizations must:
- Pay artist fees or royalties to artists they engage
- Have been in continuous operation for at least one year prior to the date of application and have published or presented programs, events, festivals or readings series to the public featuring Canadian literary or visual artists and content throughout that time.

Ineligible Applicants:

General List of Ineligible Activities:

For a list of activities ineligible for Professional Development Grants, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: May 1, 2020. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on the deadline date.

The portal will be open to applicants approximately two months before the program deadline. Please start your application on the portal in advance of the deadline; the Funding Source is not able to help you after hours or on weekends.

The assessment process generally takes 90 days from the deadline date. Grant results are sent to applicants by email.

Applicants may apply for only one project at each program deadline. Publishers with several imprints or companies that share staff and resources may apply for only one project.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply:

For questions, please contact:
- Joanne Gerber, Program Consultant at
- Tracy Chudy, Administrative Coordinator at

Access Copyright Foundation c/o
Saskatchewan Arts Board
201 Avenue B South
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7M 1M3
1-800-667-7526 (toll free in Canada)

For questions regarding the application, please contact the Saskatchewan Arts Board at, or call toll-free at 1-800-667-7526. If you require assistance with the Portal, call (306) 787-4056 or the toll free number above, or e-mail Staff is available to assist with applications and the online portal weekdays from 8:00 - 4:30 PM CST.

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Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

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