Supporting Artistic Practice promotes a vibrant arts support system in Canada by funding Canadian arts professionals, groups, and organizations that champion the Canadian arts industry, increase artists’ capacity to actualize work, and improve the conditions of creativity.
Supporting Artistic Practice adds to the growing network of resources available to strengthen the arts and drive sector innovation by promoting collaboration, focused projects, and career development opportunities for Canadian arts workers.
The Canada Council for the Arts anticipates the following outcomes from this program:
- A thriving and integrated arts environment fosters artistic expression.
- Activities that increase learning and strengthen networks benefit artists and arts workers.
- Arts organizations and specialists help artists develop and produce work and reach a broader audience.
Supporting Artistic Practice’s Literary Publication Projects program pays Canadian literary book and magazine publishers devoted to developing and promoting Canadian literary writers through the publishing process. Grants help to publish literary books and magazines written by Canadian authors.
What Activities may you Apply for?
- You can apply for activities that help develop and promote Canadian literary writers as they work their way through the publishing process.
- Please familiarise yourself with the definition of qualifying literary works and book publishers.
- Activities funded by another Canada Council program or those on the general list of ineligible activities are not eligible.
You must be a Canadian literary publisher with a track record of publishing Canadian-authored literary books and print or electronic periodicals containing mostly Canadian contributors’ creative writing literary works. You must also meet the following fundamental requirements:
- Currently, one of the following Canada Council programs provides core (operational) support:
- Block Grants are a type of support for book publishing (Annual and Multi-Year)
- Literary and Arts Magazine Grants
- In the last three years, I’ve received at least two Canada Council publishing project funds from the following programs:
- Project Grants under the Capacity Building Initiative Program
- Grant for Sector Development Projects (Cultivate)
- Literary and Arts Magazine Grants (New Magazines component)
- Emerging Publisher Grants are a form of support for book publishing.
- In the last three years, total revenues have exceeded $30,000. (some exceptions may be considered)
- Book publishers must have published at least 16 qualifying literary titles, published at least four literary titles per year, and continuously operate. Please read the definition of qualifying literary titles before proceeding.
- Publishers of magazines: have published at least two issues in the year preceding this application.
Step 1: Create Your Account. You must first create an account and at least one application profile to apply for awards.
Step 2: Profile Validation. Canada Council officials will validate your applicant profile to ensure that you are qualified to apply to the programs. Once this is completed, you will receive an email notification (this may take 15 business days).
Step 3: Apply to Programs: Once your candidate profile has been validated, you can start applying to programs. Before you apply, read the guidelines and look at the application form.
STEP 4- Application Evaluation: Your application will be evaluated using weighted assessment criteria by a committee of peers or Canada Council program officers.
STEP 5 – Result Notification– If your grant application is approved, you will receive information on grant payments, terms, and conditions, along with the results of your application.
STEP 6 – Reporting On The Grant – If you’ve been awarded a grant, you need to submit a report on the results.
Grant amount: Up to $30 000
Activities that aid in developing and promoting Canadian authors during the publishing process.
- Up to $250,000 per year for book publishers
- Publishers of magazines can earn up to $120,000 per year.
- Publishers of books and magazines: up to $300,000 a year
How Are Decisions Determined in the Assessment Process?
A disciplinary peer review committee will evaluate your application for the Literary Publishing Projects component of Supporting Artistic Practice on the following weighted criteria, and you must receive a minimum score in each category to be qualified for a grant:
- 50 percent relevancy (minimum score of 35 out of 50)
- The literary excellence of your proposed publishing ventures
- The justification for the proposed publication(s)
- The professional circumstances and assistance provided to Canadian writers
- 30 percent impact (a minimum of 15 points out of a possible 30)
- You’ve made a significant contribution to Canadian literature and literary practice development.
- A commitment to reflecting a range of writers through your editing choices, particularly concerning Aboriginal Peoples, culturally diverse groups, Deaf or disabled individuals, and official language minority communities.
- The effectiveness of your project’s marketing, promotion, and distribution tactics
- Percentage of feasibility: 20% (minimum score of 10 out of 20)
- Your project management experience and organizational capacity
- A sensible budget and makes efficient use of resources, including additional revenue sources.
What you’ll need to Apply — Information and Support Materials
Once you’ve created an account in the portal, you’ll need to give information about your company:
- the project’s potential impact
- professional conditions and support for writers, including fees and royalties for the individual projects presented
- marketing, promotion, and distribution plans for the specific projects offered
You’ll also need to include the following:
- a blank sample contract with writers
- your budget
Publishers of books:
- Five copies of each of your qualified literary novels produced in the last two years (maximum of 5, by mail, postmarked on or before the deadline date)
- details on previous actions
- a list of up to six literary works that are suitable for this application
Publishers of magazines:
- Five copies of 2 magazine issues produced in the previous year for print magazines (by mail, postmarked on or before the deadline date)
- for electronic magazines, a document containing hyperlinks (web connections) to two recent magazine issues
- a list of authors who have published in the previous year
- a list of prospective issues’ subjects, as well as a list of writers, if any are known (up to 1 year of magazine issues)
- a writer’s fee schedule
The application deadline for the same is May 4, 2022