Grants for Literary Arts Promotion: Project Grants



15 September, 2016
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The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from people with disabilities.

Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 292.6 KB].


Program Description

The Grants for Literary Arts Promotion program provides support to Canadian non-profit arts organizations that increase public awareness of and access to Canadian literature.

The Project Grants component is open to Canadian incorporated non-profit organizations and collectives, with a primary mandate in literary arts promotion. Eligible activities include:

  • festivals
  • literary events
  • large reading series
  • salons du livre
  • collective approaches to promotion, including the development of promotional materials.

The International Strategic Fund provides support for Canadian literary organizations to offset the travel costs for a minimum of three Canadian literary artists at an international literary festival or a literary event. The Canadian literary artists do not necessarily need to go to the same event or at the same time.

Artists and community collaboration is an arts process whereby professional artists and community members actively work together as creative partners in collaborative projects. Activities and projects are joint undertakings in which the process of collaborating is equally important to the art created, and where there is shared decision-making and ownership of project results.

The ACCP supports a variety of arts activities that bring together professional artists and non-arts community members. For the ACCP in the Writing and Publishing Section, professional artists include writers, literary translators, literary performance, spoken word artists and storytellers. 


15 September, 2016: For projects taking place after 15 January

Applications to the International Strategic Fund can be submitted to the September competition.

This will be the last  deadline. Activities normally funded through this program will be eligible in the New Funding Model, starting April 1, 2017.

Grant Amount

There are no minimum or maximum amounts that may be requested from this program for the Project Grants and Artists and Community Collaboration components.

For the International Strategic Fund, the maximum grant is $20,000 per project. The international partner must contribute to the Canadian participants’ costs.


Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.

Eligible applicants

To be eligible to apply, your organization must:

  • be either  a Canadian incorporated non-profit organization with a primary mandate in the literary arts or a collective of at least three members actively working in the field of literature as literary arts professionals (writers, literary translators, literary performers, spoken word artists and storytellers)
  • have an administrative infrastructure that will adequately support the project
  • undertake literary promotion, professional development and/or research activities.

All members of collectives must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Eligible activities

  • Festivals, large reading series, salons du livre and literary events that allow writers and literary translators to present or introduce their work to the Canadian public
  • Promotional activities that contribute to the Canadian public’s appreciation of the Canadian literary arts
  • Special national conferences, professional development programs (except for professional development programs for book publishers) or mentorship programs for writers
  • Research projects that contribute to a better understanding of issues affecting the Canadian literary arts.
  • For ACCP applicants only, creation projects.

Eligibility for International Strategic Fund

This category is open to Canadian for-profit and not-for-profit book publishers and incorporated non-profit organizations with a primary mandate in the literary arts that have received a grant from the Writing and Publishing Section in the previous year.


Further Information

Chris Toner
Program Officer
Writing and Publishing Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4569

TTY: 1-866-585-5559