Canada Council for the Arts Presentation
New Funding Model
10 August 2016 – VPL
Fouad Matar, firstname.lastname@example.org
Organized by Carol Shaben, The Writers Union, email@example.com
Writers are able to access funding in two ways:
- Indirect support – funding is given to literary organizations and collectives, along with publishers who may apply for promotion grants
- Direct support – for “established” writers, “mid-career” writers, and “emerging” writers – the later may be eligible with one published book or 4 short fiction works of at least 10,000 words total, but the publisher must be a traditional publisher or a listed literary magazine (the CCA has a list of eligible magazines on its website)
Professional Canadian writers, and other artists, are eligible for grants if:
- They have specialized training in the field (this does not have to be a degree in writing)
- Are recognized as a professional writer by their peers
- Have a history of public presentation
“Self-publishers are not accepted because the CCA has no leverage over them.” Traditional publishers can have their CAA funding stopped if their actions or procedures do not maintain a sufficiently high level.
NEW FUNDING MODEL
Effective in 2017. Guidelines available in December, with application submissions after 1 April 2017.
Grants will be offered for “Explore and Create” projects, including:
- Professional development
- Research and creation
- Concept to realization
- Travel and residencies abroad
Applications may be discussed with Fouad prior to submission.
It is mandatory that the grant guidelines and assessment criteria are complied with.
There are 2 critical sections to the application:
- 2-page project description or proposal
- 15 to 25 (maximum!) writing sample – this does not have to be from any part of the project
Grant application may be made for any part of a project, such as initial research, writer’s editing (not professional editing), first draft, etc.
Success rate for project grants has been up to 20%, while travel grants have been 50 to 75%.
Applications will be peer-reviewed. There will be 700 creative writers from across Canada in the list of reviewers. They will include all genres and a mix of emerging to established writers.
Applications are being accepted for the role of reviewer.
Responses to applications will be:
- For travel grants, within 3 months
- For creative projects, with 5 months
Public Lending Right (PLR) Program
Annual payments are distributed to authors for payment as compensation for free public access to their books in libraries.
In 2015-16, the PLR distributed $9.75 million in payments to 17,169 authors.
Authors must register for their eligible works between 15 February to 1 May 2017.
CCA officers phone: 800-263-5588 ext 5060