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Literary Individual Project Funding

Grants to Alberta Artists, Arts Administrators,
and Ensembles for Literary Arts Projects

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Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA)

Deadline Date:

09/03/18 11:59 PM MT Receipt


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Alberta individual artists, artists ensembles, and arts administrators for literary arts activities. First-time applicants must request an online registration at least five business days prior to the deadline. Applicants may request funding for activities such as marketing, research, art production, and training and career development.

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, eligible literary arts projects include:

-Short fiction
-Graphic novels
-Young adult fiction
-Picture books
-Literary arts translation and anthology projects
-Literary non-fiction

Literary non-fiction that uses inventive or literary techniques to produce work that is factually true and artistically elegant, and is written in a personal, identifiable voice. It can include:

-Cultural, political or social commentary
-Literary journalism
-Personal essays
-Travel writing

Art production includes the development, creation, of a work in literary arts. Projects should be confined to a distinct phase of a work, such as a first or final draft.

Marketing includes a program of activity for a specific period of time to disseminate a completed literary work and/or to develop audiences and markets for the artist's work.

Eligible marketing projects include, but are not limited to:

-Promotional reading tours and book launches
-On-line marketing initiatives such as book trailers
-Attendance at literary festivals, non-academic conferences, or award presentations by invitation

Research includes a program of activity for a specific period of time that supports or results in the development of new work in the literary arts.

Eligible research projects include, but are not limited to:

-Research of primary materials

Training and career development includes a course or program of study to develop a writer's training in literary arts, including translation.

Eligible training and career development projects include, but are not limited to:

-Master classes
-Mentorship programs
-Professional development
-Professional courses of study in literary arts

Eligible Expenses:

You can receive up to $15,000 to support your project. You may apply for up to 100% of eligible expenses that are directly related to carrying out your proposed project.

These expenses may include, but are not limited to:

-Contracted artist or technician fees
-Commission fees
-Promotion and publicity
-Transportation and accommodation
-Tuition or training fee
-Administration and contract fees
-Basic living/subsistence expenses (housing, local transportation, food, child care, dependent care) up to $3,000/month
-Other expenses and supplies considered by the AFA to be reasonable and necessary

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180306

Estimated Size of Grant:

You can receive up to $15,000 to support your project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for individual project funding you must be a resident(s) of Alberta. This means you:

-Are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
-Have had your primary residence in Alberta for one full year before applying
-Ordinarily live in Alberta for at least six months each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting requirements.

Ensembles and collectives are eligible if they are made up of members who meet the individual criteria. Applicants, including ensembles, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation.

Expenses and activities that are ineligible for AFA project funding include:

-Expenses for capital purchases, such as computers, printers, software, buildings or property, or for capital development and studio construction or renovations
-Recreational training projects
-Projects undertaken as a part of a course of study (except training and development projects)
-Costs for publication or production of books or periodicals in print or digital platforms
-Expenses already incurred prior to application submission, including grant writer fees

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines are September 1, 2017 and February 1, 2018.

AFA only accepts applications through Grant Administration Tracking and Evaluation (GATE) online application system. AFA must receive your online application through GATE no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on the deadline date, unless the deadline falls on a statutory holiday or a weekend when it will be extended until the next working day.

First-time applicants will require a GATE username and password. Contact staff via email (details below) to obtain your GATE login information at least five business days prior to the application deadline.

Recommendations will be made to the AFA Board during its annual May meeting. Successful recipients should be notified in June.

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Contact Information:

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

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Email the following address to obtain your GATE login information:

Paul Reich, Arts Development Consultant

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Canada: Alberta