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Grants to Canada Arts Organizations and Artist Groups for Visual and Literary Artwork Presentations and Professional Growth Activities

Events Grant

Access Copyright Foundation (ACF)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #160355

Grant Description

Grants of up to $7,500 to Canada organizations, festivals, arts service associations, artist groups, and reading series to showcase works or to offer professional growth activities. Funding is intended to promote the appreciation and development of Canadian content in publishing, writing, and visual art. Events grants are available in the literary and visual arts.

Events grants provide funding to festivals, reading series, arts service associations, and artists groups to showcase published works to the public or to host professional development events for writers, visual artists, publishers, and related arts professionals. Events must celebrate and present Canadian literary work in a public context, or provide opportunities for learning, career advancement or creative discourse in publishing, writing or visual arts in Canada. Events may be presented live, virtually or as hybrid live/streamed events. 

Through its grant programs, Access Copyright Foundation works to: 

  • Increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of literature and visual arts created by Canadians
  • Advance the development and promotion of literary and visual arts in Canada by providing grants and other forms of financial assistance to creators and publishers of works intended for publication in Canada or Canada and other countries
  • Advance professional expertise and knowledge in the Canadian creative and publishing community by providing development grants to creators, arts professionals and publishers
  • Advance knowledge and innovative thinking by providing research grants to Canadian writers, visual artists, arts organizations and publishers.

Events grants support a range of activities that promote the development and appreciation of Canadian publishing, writing and visual art. They can include, but are not limited to:

  • Festivals, reading series, exhibitions, symposia, conferences and conventions, or other events showcasing Canadian writers or visual artists and their work to the public either live or on a virtual streaming platform
  • Book award ceremonies and associated programs (event costs only)
  • Workshops, lectures, facilitated retreats and seminars presented by and for professional artists, writers, artist groups, publishers or arts professionals
  • Professional development, creative discourse or career advancement components of annual conference or general meeting
  • Readings, panels, presentations, performances or lectures by Canadian writers, visual artists or publishing professionals as public components of conferences, symposia or professional development programs hosted by academic institutions or arts organizations. 

Eligible Expenses:

Access Copyright Foundation funds expenses directly related to the event such as:

  • Presenters’ honoraria, travel and accommodation
  • Venue rental, audio visual rental and support, pandemic safety supplies including masks, sanitizers, signage
  • Virtual hosting costs including live streaming and on-demand platform fees, recording and technical consultation and support
  • Printing and production costs for programs, promotional material and documentation. 

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Events grants provide funding to festivals, reading series, arts service associations, and artists groups.

Artist Groups:
- 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.

Ineligible Applicants
- Prior recipients that have exceeded the grant limits, see:
- Organizations whose primary work is outside of the field of publishing in literary or visual arts
- Academic institutions hosting scholarly events closed to the public or to professional artists and writers
- Educational or professional development organizations applying for support for their core programs
- Festivals and readings series with annual operating budgets over $500,000 (Event grants only)
- Students registered in an academic degree or certificate program
- Employees or board members of Access Copyright, Access Copyright Foundation or the Saskatchewan Arts Board
- Prior recipients of Access Copyright Foundation grants with outstanding final reports.

For a general list of ineligible activities:

For activities not eligible for funding by Events Grants, see

For Ineligible Expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

- The grant portal opens approximately two months before the deadline. Please start your application on the portal in advance of the deadline.
- Deadline: 01 Nov 2022. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on the deadline date.
- The assessment process generally takes 90 days from the deadline date. Grant results are sent to applicants by email.
- Grant checks will be released within a month of the notification of grant results

Applicants with questions about eligibility should consult with the Program Consultant before applying.

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.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can request any amount up to the maximum grant amount of $7,500.

Term of Contract:

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

Because many festivals and events are held in the early autumn, Events grants may be directed toward eligible activities held within the two months leading up to the November 1 deadline. If your programming begins or your event falls between September 1st and November 1st, you have the option of applying for a grant toward expenses already incurred for the current year’s event or for those to be incurred to host your next event.

Contact Information:

Apply Online:

For questions regarding grant programs, please contact:
- Joanne Gerber, Program Consultant:, or
- Tracy Chudy, Administrative Coordinator:

If you require assistance with the Arts Board Portal, call (306) 787-4056 or (toll-free) 1-800-667-7526, or e-mail

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

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