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Access Copyright Foundation has three grant programs to support creators, publishers, organizations and arts professionals in their work:

Access Copyright Foundation grants are administered by SK Arts on behalf of Access Copyright Foundation. Applications are submitted through the SK Arts online portal.

Deadlines and Grant Amounts

February 15

For creators: Up to $7,500 (Grant A) or $3,000 (Grant B)

For publishers: Up to $10,000 for organizations and publishers

Professional Development Grants

April 1

Up to $3,000 for creators, arts professionals, organizations and publishers

Events Grants

November 1

Up to $7,500 for artists groups, organizations and publishers

Who is Eligible to Apply

Access Copyright Foundation programs support the following types of creators, arts professionals, artist groups, and organizations and publishers working in publishing and the literary and visual arts.


Professional writers and visual artists who have completed formal or informal training in their discipline, maintain an artistic practice, and publish or present their work in a manner recognized by their professional peers. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and meet at least one of the following criteria:

Arts Professionals

Self-employed professionals working freelance in the writing, publishing and visual arts sector, including but not limited to:

Arts professionals must be self-employed, have formal or informal training and a résumé demonstrating their contribution to the creation, production, presentation or promotion of publishable Canadian content. Eligible organizations may apply on behalf of their employees or contract workers. Please refer to the Program Guidelines.

Artist Groups

Informal collectives or small groups of professional writers or visual artists that:

Organizations and Publishers

Publishers or publishing, writing and visual arts organizations located in Canada that:

Eligible organizations and publishers must apply on behalf of program, editorial, administrative, marketing and production staff, including term or contract employees.


Please refer to the Access Copyright Foundation Guidelines for further information on eligible projects, application guidelines and funding limits. We encourage you to contact the Access Copyright Foundation Program Consultant if you have any questions about these programs or your proposed project.

Travel restrictions, lockdowns and safety concerns due to Covid-19 have had a major impact on arts activity across the world. Access Copyright Foundation continues to support project activities in its three programs, whether virtual or in-person. You may apply for expenses related to remote learning, online events, and at-home research. Please consult the grant guidelines for eligible expenses and contingency plans, and contact the Program Consultant to discuss your project.