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Call for Applications: Access Copyright Foundation Marian Hebb Research Grants. Deadline: February 15, 2022

Access Copyright Foundation is accepting applications for Marian Hebb Research Grants, which support members of Canada’s creative community to undertake important research and inquiry work that is invaluable to creating new works or initiatives.

Creators have two options when applying for a research grant. The first is to apply for a grant for research that involves travel. The second is to apply for a grant for either research conducted at home to cover expenses such as costs for local transportation, video conferencing and other online services or to hire a researcher with local access to material not available online.

Publishers and organizations representing Canada’s creative and publishing communities can also apply for a grant for a research project, no matter if the project is conducted virtually, in-person or a combination of both.

Learn more about the Foundation’s Marian Hebb Research Grant program (please refer to pages 15-22).

Applications will be accepted through SK Arts’ application portal until February 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CST. The ACF grants program is administered by SK Arts.

We encourage all Canadian creators, publishers and the organizations looking to collect information and/or data to bring depth, resonance and authenticity to a publishable work, an innovative program, strategic initiative, study paper or report to apply for a grant.

Important changes to Access Copyright Foundation’s granting programs

For over 10 years, Access Copyright Foundation has supported the work of creators, member service and advocacy organizations as well as publishers across Canada. As we continue this work, we want to make sure our granting programs provide the widest and most equitable opportunity to those communities the Foundation serves which is why it has made some important changes to its granting programs.

The two main changes are:

  • Applicants may be awarded a maximum of two ACF grants within a 24-month period;
  • Successful grant applicants must wait two years before applying for another grant in the same category. For example, an individual or organization that is awarded a Marian Hebb Research Grant in 2022 would be able to apply again in 2024.

If you have any questions about these changes, please don’t hesitate to contact Joanne Gerber, Program Consultant for SK Arts at

Access Copyright Foundation strives to embody its values of excellence in publishing; professionalism; inquiry and engagement; imagination and creativity; curiosity and life-long learning; and the expression of the unique and diverse voices of Canadian creators, publishers, and arts organizations. In all aspects of its work including its leadership, communications, jury selection and adjudication, the Foundation aspires to uphold these values. Access Copyright Foundation believes that equity requires intention and action to counteract systemic racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia/heterosexism, and other oppressions.

In order to address historical and current inequities, the Foundation welcomes applications from creators with additional challenges in the creation or dissemination of their work including newcomers; people oppressed by racism; and those from a full spectrum of genders, sexual identities and abilities. The Foundation also welcomes applications from organizations representing these communities. The Foundation recognizes potential barriers such as geography and language.