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Grants to Ontario Magazine and Book Publishers to
Support Arts-Based Publishing Activities

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

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06/04/19 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Ontario English-language book or magazine publishers to support arts-based publishing activities. Funding is intended to support works of original literature and art, critical arts commentary, or substantive cultural commentary.

This program funds:
- Editorial, production, circulation, marketing, and promotion costs of publishing eligible books or magazines in English
- Sales, distribution, and administrative costs if directly related to an eligible publication.

Authorship: Eligible books contain at least 50 percent Canadian-authored creative content (literary and graphic) and are in English. Project support for publishing in French or Indigenous languages is available from the OAC’s Francophone and Indigenous Arts programs.

Categories: Eligible books are original works of at least 48 printed pages (at least 24 pages for children’s books) published for a trade market readership in cloth, paper, or digital formats (i.e., books sold subject to the normal trade discount of 40 percent or more). Co-publications are eligible if they originated with the Canadian publisher. Translations into French, English or Indigenous languages of Canadian-authored works are eligible if they meet all other eligibility criteria.

Subject Areas: Eligible books are works of literary, artistic, or cultural importance in the genres of fiction; poetry; drama; literary and arts criticism; autobiography, biography, memoir and essays; comics and graphic novels; works for children and young adults; and creative and literary works of history, politics, social issues, science, travel, etc.

Applicants who are Deaf or have a disability and need support to complete their grant applications can apply for funds to cover the costs of assistance from service providers. Up to $500 is available per eligible applicant in a year. You should request this funding at least six weeks before the project program deadline.

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GrantWatch ID#: 158918

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Magazine Publishers: maximum $10,000
- Book Publishers: maximum $10,000

Term of Contract:

The activities for which you are requesting funding:
- Cannot start before the deadline
- Cannot finish before you receive your grant results
- Must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To apply, an organization must:
- Be a professional book/or magazine publisher, publishing primarily in English
- Be Canadian-owned and -controlled (see Program-specific definitions below) with its head office (at least 50 per cent of employees and editorial, management and financial control) in Ontario
- Have published no fewer than two books or magazine issues in the 12 months prior to the program deadline, unless that publisher is an online magazine that has posted content regularly for the last 12 months
- Be free to make its own editorial decisions and sign contracts in its own name
pay contributors’ fees or royalties and issue contributors’ contracts
- Have a permanent physical address in Ontario.

A Canadian-owned and controlled company is a:

For share capital companies:
- Corporation in which at least 75 percent of the shares have full voting rights under all circumstances with
- Shares representing at least 75 percent of the paid-up capital beneficially held by Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents ordinarily resident in Canada, and/or by Canadian-owned and -controlled corporations and
- Not subject to the control or direction of non-residents

For non-share capital companies:
- Corporation with at least 75 percent of its membership composed of Canadian citizens and/or landed immigrants ordinarily resident in Ontario and not subject to the control or direction of non-residents

An affiliated company is a separately incorporated publisher in which another publisher has a controlling interest. In order to be eligible for funding, the affiliated company must:
- Satisfy all of the requirements above
- Maintain a separate and distinct editorial identity from the parent company (to be assessed by the advisory panel)
- Have been in an OAC operating grant program at the time of purchase by the parent company or have been separately incorporated and actively publishing for three years
- Have at least one full- or part-time dedicated senior editorial employee (i.e., a publisher or senior editor who does not work for the parent company or another affiliate as well).

This program does not fund:
- Activities related to the publication of ineligible books and magazines
- Fundraising activities
- Major capital expenditures, including buying, leasing or renovating buildings and purchase of major equipment

For a list of ineligible applicants, and ineligible books and magazines, please see the URL for Full Text.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is June 4, 2019, 1:00 PM ET. Grant notification will be available approximately four months after the deadline.

Applicants must create or update their profile in the application portal prior to applying.

Organizations applying as new applicants in the Publishing Organizations: Operating program may apply only for projects taking place in their current fiscal year.

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

Apply online:

Shawna Caspi, Program Administrator
Toll free: 1-800-387-0058 extension 7440

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario;

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