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Marian Hebb Research Grant

Grants to Canada Artists and Organizations
to Facilitate the Creation of Literature and Art

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Access Copyright Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/15/19 Postmark; 23:59 CST for email submissions


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Grants of up to $7,500 and grants of up to $10,000 to Canada individual artists, writers, publishers, and organizations for inquiry and exploration relevant to Canadian publishing, writing, and visual arts. Funding is intended for research projects that enable the creation of innovative programs, or a publishable work, strategic initiative, study paper, or report. Projects must involve work that is or will be publishable (text, illustrations, etc.).

A clearly articulated Inquiry Question should guide the research approach and project activities. Areas of inquiry may include but are not limited to:

Creators: The gathering of information or authenticating detail through accessing primary or secondary sources. Travel, interviews, consultation, archival and bibliographic investigation focused on the content, ideas, themes or techniques of a publishable work-in-progress.

Organizations and Publishers:
- Emerging trends, issues and challenges
- Digital technology: its creative, economic or cultural impact
- Innovative approaches to program design and delivery
- Strategic responses to changes in the economic and creative environment

Eligible Activities
- Research consistent with the stated purpose of the program
- Travel requisite to the research project and undertaken during the grant term
- Inquiry, information gathering and consultation essential to the Creator’s work-in-progress and clearly designed to explore the Inquiry Question
- Preparation, documentation, publication and dissemination of Organizations and Publishers’ research results
- Development of innovative program or operational initiatives in response to the Organizations and Publishers’ research results.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160356

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Creators: 85% of eligible project expenses to a maximum of $7,500
- Organizations and publishers: 75% of eligible project expenses to a maximum of $10,000.

Term of Contract:

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

Research Grant projects may be for a specific component or phase of a larger initiative that will extend beyond the grant term.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Creators: 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 also be Canadian citizens or permanent residents (as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada) who live and work in Canada for at least six months each year
and meet at least one of the following criteria:
- One published book
- One exhibition catalog
- Five publications in periodicals or journals.

Organizations and Publishers: Publishers or publishing, writing and visual arts organizations located in Canada that:
- Are legally registered in Canada as non-profit organizations.
- 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.
- Are independent professional book or periodical publishers at least 75% Canadian-owned and controlled.
- Have a program mandate that is based on the professional development and interests of Canadian writers or visual artists.
- 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.

Ineligible Applicants:
- Employees or board members of Access Copyright and/or the Access Copyright Foundation
- Employees or board members of 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
- Exploration activities or assimilation of research undertaken prior to the application deadline or after the end of the project term
- Projects that primarily involve creation, revision or production rather than research
- Research undertaken solely for academic purposes or undertaken by
undergraduate students
- Interviews involving a payment or honorarium to the interviewee, with the exception of gifts made to Indigenous Elders or Knowledge Keepers to honor protocol
- Research, consultation or travel of marginal relevance to the Inquiry Question
- Self-assessment or internal review limited to an organization’s current program or
operational activities
- Project components fully supported by grants from other funding agencies
- Research and creation engaging writers and artists without compensation
- Equipment purchase or other capital costs.
- Extended stays or travel to additional destinations may be undertaken at personal
expense as noted clearly in the project description and budget

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for applications: February 15, 2019.

Applicants may contact Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Program Consultant Carle Steel before the deadline to discuss application and program requirements

Applications are accepted by email or by regular mail and courier. Please allow 10 business days after the deadline date to receive notification of the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s receipt of your application. Please contact the Arts Board if you have not received acknowledgement of your application by that time.

The Access Copyright Foundation will notify applicants of grant decisions by letter within 90 days of the grant deadline.

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:

Send completed application by mail or courier to:
Access Copyright Foundation Marian Hebb Research Grants
c/o Saskatchewan Arts Board
201 Avenue B South
Saskatoon, SK S7M 1M3

Carle Steel, Program Consultant
(306) 787-9634

Tracy Chudy

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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