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Professional Development Grant

Grants to Canada Individual Artists and Arts Organizations
for Continuing Education and Skills Development

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Access Copyright Foundation

Deadline Date:

04/03/19 23:59 CST


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Canada arts organizations and writers and visual artists who are employed, independent, or on a freelance or contract basis for continuing education and specialized training in artistic and professional skills development. Funding is intended to support artists in furthering their knowledge and skills in their craft.

Grant Categories:

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.

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

Eligible Activities:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163146

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,000

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Creators must be:
Professional writers and visual artists who have completed formal or informal training in their discipline, maintain a practice, and publish or present their work in a manner recognized by their professional peers. Applicants must also be Canadian citizens or permanent residents (as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada) and meet at least one of the following criteria:
- One published book
- One exhibition catalogue
- Five publication or image credits in periodicals or journals

Arts Professionals and Publishers must be:
Employees or freelance professionals (such as editors, designers and publicists) contracted by publishers or by publishing, writing and visual arts organizations located in Canada that:
- Are legally registered in Canada as nonprofit organizations or
- Are public institutions in Canada operated by a government body, open to the public at least 120 days per year, and that maintain artistic control and separate financial records or
- Are independent professional book or periodical publishers that are at least 75% Canadian-owned and controlled or
- Provide production, promotion, dissemination and other support services to Canadian publishers or
- Have a program mandate that is based on the interests of Canadian writers or visual artists and
- Have been in continuous operation for at least one year prior to the date of application and have published or presented programs with Canadian content throughout that period.

- Organizations or publishers may submit only one Professional Development Grants application at each deadline
- No more than one employee of an organization or publisher may submit a Professional Development Grants application at each deadline.

Ineligible applicants:
- Employees or board members of Access Copyright, the Access Copyright Foundation and/or the Saskatchewan Arts Board
- Students registered in an undergraduate degree or certificate program
- Recipients of an Access Copyright Foundation grant with an outstanding final report.

Ineligible Activities:

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: April 3, 2019 by 23:59 CST

Applicants in the Creators category may apply for 85% of eligible project expenses. Applicants in the Arts Professionals and Publishers category may apply for 75% of eligible project expenses.

Contact Information:

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

Send completed application by email to:

Please contact Tracy Chudy at or (800)667-7526 for questions regarding your submission, or if you are unable to submit your application by email.

Carle Steel, Program Consultant
(306) 787-9634 or toll free 1-800-667-7526

Access Copyright Foundation
201 Avenue B South
Saskatoon SK
S7M 1M3

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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