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Project Assistance - Book Publishers

Grants to British Columbia Book Publishing Companies
for the Publication of Canadian Authored Literary Works

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British Columbia Arts Council (BCAC)

Deadline Date:

10/22/20 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants to British Columbia book publishing companies for the publication of literary works written by Canadian authors. Pre-registration is required prior to submitting a proposal. Funding is intended to support works that have artistic, literary, or cultural significance for the general public.

Eligible titles must be a first edition (i.e. no reprints) in one of the following genres:

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Graphic novels
  • Non-fiction
  • Publications in the above genres for children and young adults

For additional eligibility requirements for titles, see:

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a temporary blackout period was placed on activities that involve travel and/or in-person gatherings of over 50. The blackout dates could be adjusted depending on current provincial and federal orders and directives.

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GrantWatch ID#: 182509

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant must meet the following criteria:

- Have been a legally registered company or society in B.C. for at least one year.
- Have its head office, general office, editorial office, general operations, and management based in B.C. and have done so for at least one year.
- Be managed and financially controlled by B.C. residents (who own at least 75% of the company).
- Have the publishing of original book titles as its primary (and not peripheral or occasional) business.
- Maintain full control of the editorial process and have editorial independence from any other company. Where affiliations exist, publishers must be able to demonstrate separate editorial departments, budgets, and financial statements for each book publishing operation.
- Have at least four eligible titles in print, have published at least two eligible titles in the previous 12 months, and be committed to an ongoing program of publishing eligible original titles.
- Issue clear royalty statements on a regular basis and fulfill all contractual obligations to writers, illustrators, translators, and other copyright licensors.
- Compensate artists and cultural practitioners fairly in keeping with community contexts and industry standards within the field of practice, including adhering to international intellectual property rights standards and cultural ownership protocols.
- Not currently receive Operating Assistance from the BC Arts Council.
- Have submitted all required final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants as of the deadline date for this program.

For ineligible titles and expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for the Project Assistance for Book Publishers Program is October 22, 2020. Applications are accepted via the online system no later than 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date. Applications by mail, email or fax will not be accepted.

Support materials that will need to be submitted as hard copy must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.

All applicants must be registered in the BCAC Online Grant Application System before submitting an application. Please note that approval of new requests for registration may take up to four (4) business days. New registrants will be notified of approval and access to grant applications. (Every organization will need to register to create an online profile. This applies to all organizations, regardless of whether the organization has received funding in the past or not.) Those registering a book publisher should register as an “Arts and Cultural Organization”.

Decisions will be made within sixteen weeks of the application deadline. All applicants will be notified by letter. Results will not be released by telephone or email.

All applicants, especially those who are new to the program, are urged to discuss their request with the program officer prior to submission. (Please note that program staff are typically available during regular business hours Monday - Friday. If a deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, staff will be unavailable on that day.)

Assistance through this program is possible only once per BC Arts Council fiscal year (April 1- March 31).

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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.

Online application portal:

Michelle Benjamin, Program Officer

1st Floor, 800 Johnson Street
Victoria, B.C. V8W 1N3

Mailing Address:
PO Box 9819, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, B.C. V8W 9W3
250 356-1718

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia;

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