Literary Readings and Residencies Program: Residencies
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, 539 KB].
The Literary Readings and Residencies Program has two components:
- Literary Readings
The Literary Readings component has separate guidelines and forms.
The Residencies component provides grants to Canadian organizations that wish to retain the services of a literary creator in residence, and are able to match the contribution made by the Canada Council. It enables the literary creator (writer, storyteller, spoken word and literary performance artist) to work on a writing project and encourages exchange between the community and the creator
During the residency, the creator also plays a mentorship role and contributes to the quality of life of a community through his/her activities.
1 March: For residencies between 1 July and 30 June.
If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day. Your completed application and all required support material must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.
Grants range from $3,000 to $20,000 as a contribution to the creators’s salary and travel costs.
Host organizations are expected to provide a cash contribution that matches the grant amount requested from the Canada Council.
- Creator’s salary
- Creator’s travel costs (maximum of 5%)
Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.
Canadian organizations such as public libraries, writers’ associations, post-secondary institutions, literary national arts service organizations for literary creators, bookstores and non-literary organizations such as community centres are eligible to this program.
Applicants must demonstrate that they have the organizational and financial capacities to host a professional Canadian literary creator in an effective and professional manner. Hosts are encouraged to issue a call for proposals and to develop public lecture series or innovative ways of fostering public appreciation for Canadian literature as part of the activities planned for the residence. Residencies that involve creators from outside the host’s city or communities not typically exposed to Canadian literature are particularly encouraged.
Before applying to the program, host organizations must contact the proposed creator to obtain his agreement to fulfil the terms of the residency. A written agreement between the host and the creator must be signed and included in the application.
Hosts must also determine whether the creators are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and whether they have a significant body of professionally published literary works or of professionally produced performances.
Duration of Residencies
The residency must take place over an uninterrupted period of time, from a minimum of two months to a maximum of 12 months.
Writing and Publishing Section
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5576