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I Read Canadian

The I Read Canadian Fund supports getting new, Canadian books into the hands of young people across the country. Additionally, this fund supports the expansion of the children’s choice reading programs into indigenous, rural and priority communities, and most importantly the delivery of NEW books to young people. Let’s get kids excited about reading for fun!

FUND APPLICATION (accepted all year)

This application form is for those seeking funds to help cover the costs of Canadian books, the shipment of the books, transportation for young people to get to  Forest of Reading Festivals and for the registration into the Forest of Reading program.


AFC Emergency Funding

The AFC supports entertainment industry professionals working in TV and film, music, theatre, and dance. The AFC can provide short-term emergency financial assistance for essential household bills and costs that cannot otherwise be paid. 

This assistance is based on immediate financial need. Their goal is to help the largest possible number of applicants with their most critical needs.

Right now, they are focusing on making sure that people stay stable and basic needs are met for the next 2-3 weeks.

The AFC does not provide compensation for lost earnings.

To receive financial assistance, you need to:

  • Be professionally eligible;
  • Demonstrate immediate financial need;
  • Pursue all other avenues of support;
  • Provide the required documentation.

Am I professionally eligible?

You are professionally eligible if you:

  • Are working age and have earned the majority of your income from entertainment industry work in 2019


  • Are over 65 and have earned the majority of your income from the industry over your working life

If you do not meet these guidelines exactly, they still encourage you to apply. They are aiming to help as many people as possible during this crisis. 

Do I meet the guidelines for immediate financial need?

  • Do you have enough money in the bank to meet your basic needs for the next 4-8 weeks?If no, The AFC may be able to help.
  • If you have enough money in the bank for two months of living expenses, we ask you not to apply at this time. Your request will be deferred to avoid overloading our system.
  • Are you unable to meet your basic needs because other resources like EI, government benefits, and pensions are not available or insufficient? If yes, The AFC may be able to help.
  • Do you currently have a specific need (like medical costs or a dental emergency) that would leave you unable to meet your basic needs for the next month? If yes, The AFC may be able to help.

What are basic needs?

Basic needs include rent or mortgage payments, food, utilities, phone bill, car payments, car and home insurance, or medical expenses.

How much money can I get?

  • The dollar amount will depend on your immediate basic needs and your monthly expenses.
  • It is common for people to receive only part of their request.
  • Smaller requests (under $1,500) will be processed faster; however, if you need more, we encourage you to ask for what you need. 

Can I apply more than once? 

  • You will be advised when your application is reviewed.
  • If you reapply, they will ask you to report on all measures you have taken to access other resources and to defer or reduce payments since your last application. 


Chromatic Theatre IBPOC Playwrights’ Unit

After the success of its first year, Chromatic Theatre is looking for IBPOC writers for their second annual Playwrights Unit.

Chromatic Theatre are dedicated to developing and supporting work by and for the wide breadth of cultural diversity that exists in our province. They are excited for the second iteration of our Playwrights Unit that will bring together IBPOC playwrights from across the province of Alberta, with the aim of strengthening our community, and investing in new Canadian plays.

They are looking for IBPOC playwrights of all levels of experience.

As a part of the Chromatic Theatre Playwrights Unit, you will:

  • Attend one digital group meet and greet in January 2021
  • Attend a total of six group workshops between February – August 2021
  • Receive up to five one-on-one dramaturgical sessions with Kodie Rollan
  • Receive a workshop of your script with an ensemble of actors in September 2021
  • Build community with other IBPOC writers
  • Attend optional monthly cohort meetings
  • Receive a one-on-one meeting with an artistic mentor of your choice
  • Receive a public, online reading of your script, performed by an ensemble of professional actors. Artistic Directors from the Calgary community will be invited to this showcase.
  • Receive an honorarium of $500.

Applications must include:

  • A statement of interest, up to one-page in length, describing why you would like to participate, and the project you’re currently working on (or envisioning)
  • Your CV
  • A writing sample that is a maximum of 20 pages. If you are new to playwriting, a writing sample from other mediums (essays, short stories, poetry, etc.) is acceptable

Deadline: December 4, 2020

Please send applications to Kristen Padayas, Associate Producer: [email protected]

Deadline: 12/04/2020

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STORYHIVE Podcast Edition

You’re the host. STORYHIVE is awarding 10 grants of $10,000 to aspiring podcasters across BC and Alberta. Pitch an original, non-fiction concept starting November 4 for a chance at funding, mentorship and more.

  1. Pitch + Plan, Nov 4 – Dec 2
    Submit your podcast idea and plan for your production. Before applying to the Podcast Edition, please be sure to also read the Submission Rules.
  2. Award, Mar 11
    The jury will select 10 podcast projects to receive production funding, training, mentorship and distribution support. Each awarded project receives a $10,000 production grant.
  3. Learn + Create, Mar 29 – Jul 27
    Each successful applicant will work with mentors to produce and deliver three podcast episodes with accompanying visual components, each episode 15+ minutes in duration. Projects will be featured on select TELUS platforms in 2021.

Deadline: 12/02/2020

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The cut, the tear & the remix: contemporary collage and black futures

The McMaster Museum of Art in partnership with Nia Centre for the Arts is seeking forms of expression from Black Canadian creatives for a collaborative online exhibition about contemporary collage: the cut, the tear & the remix: contemporary collage and black futures. The group exhibition, for presentation beginning in the Spring of 2021, will be accompanied by a printed feature in PITCH magazine, a Hamilton-based independently run Black arts publication.

We are asking artists to submit proposals or original works in diverse mediums that speak to the curatorial theme – focusing on cut and paste methods, mashups, remix culture and its relationship to the Black diaspora. Some examples include: poetry and experimental prose, moving images, gifs or looped animations, videos, live/online performances, sound files, audio tracks, as well as documentation of 2-D and 3-D pieces, including assemblage and photomontage.

Artwork can be individually or collaboratively produced, and completed in the last five years. Entries must be original in concept, composition, and execution. All mediums are accepted but must be able to be digitally represented. This is an opportunity to get creative in representing your artwork (physical or not) in the digital space.

The exhibition will be curated by Hamilton designer and visual artist Stylo Starr, whose collage works reformulate notions of beauty using images of Black women found primarily in vintage magazines.

Submission Guidelines:

Please apply by emailing your submissions to [email protected] with the subject heading “Remix Submission” and include the following:

  • Project Statement (250 words max)
  • Website (if you have one), social media account handles, and contact information
  • Artist bio (150 words max)
  • Up to 5 digital images of proposed or representative artworks (JPG or PNG) with image list indicating artist name, title, medium, date, and brief description. Maximum 5 MG per image for the online presentation
  • Video (.MOV or .MP4), GIF or audio files (.WAV or .MP3) – 15 mins max each
  • Word document or pdf with proposed text pieces (2000 words max)

The deadline for submissions is December 7, 2020 11:59 pm EST. Selected artists will be notified by: Monday, January 4, 2021

Deadline: 12/07/2020

The Ottawa Little Theatre 80th National One-Act Playwriting Competition

The Ottawa Little Theatre One-Act Playwriting Competition is Canada’s oldest playwriting competition. It was first held in 1937 and has been won by a who’s who of Canadian literary luminaries. Past winners include esteemed Canadian writers and prominent playwrights such as Robertson Davies, John Murrell, Erika Ritter, Catherine Banks, and Ken Mitchell, to name just a few.

First Prize                            $1,000                   Ottawa Little Theatre Award

Second Prize                      $   750                    Dorothy White Award

Third Prize                          $   500                     Gladys Cameron Watt Award

Sybil Cooke Award for a Play for Children or Young People $500


  • original one-act plays in English, encouraging literacy and dramatic talent in Canada
  • plays with a maximum playing time of 60 minutes, and a minimum playing time of 25 minutes
  • plays that are previously unproduced OR have been produced no earlier than in the current year
  • all professional and non-professional Canadian playwrights residing in Canada, including landed immigrants
  • special award for the Best Play for Children or Young People

For more information, please refer to the poster at this link.
For the entry form, click here. For the parent or guardian acknowledgment form, click here.

For any other inquiries, please contact [email protected]

Winners will be announced in May 2021

All entrants must agree to allow the Ottawa Little Theatre, if it chooses to do so, to produce their play at the 2021 Eastern Ontario Drama League One-Act Play Festival.

Please note that there will be no Playwrights’ Week in 2021.

Deadline for Submissions: December 31, 2020

Deadline: 12/31/2020

$250 Action Grant for Teens

Make meaningful change in your local community through the Hershey Heartwarming Project Action Grant opportunity!

Hershey wants to hear from you about how you plan to use the grant to create connection and make your school or community more inclusive, kind and empathetic. Whether it’s hosting an event, volunteering in your community or running a campaign to write handwritten messages of kindness, tell them HOW you are changing your community for the better – they want to help make it happen!

Some examples of Heartwarming Actions can be on Overall Well-Being, Fostering Connection, Inclusion and Belonging, Mental Health, Kindness, Anti-Bullying. Whatever your project may be, apply for the Hershey Heartwarming Project Action Grant to help kickstart your impact. Social distancing and virtual projects are welcome!

Grants will be awarded as follows: 1 grant of $250 each.

Hershey Heartwarming Project Action Grant Criteria
Assessment of the grant will be based on:

· The detailed description of your action plan
· The vision for how the grant will help you take action
· The compelling idea to create connections and foster inclusion and empathy.

Deadline: 12/31/2020

Arquetopia Foundation & International Artist Residencies

Puebla, Mexico – Oaxaca, Mexico – Cusco, Peru

All Residency Programs for Artists, Designers, Writers, Curators & Art Historians
(Instructional & Non-Instructional)
All Dates in 2021

Apply Now through Sunday, December 13, 2020.

Spaces are limited. Residency applications are evaluated for selection as they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.

Website: www.arquetopia.org/open-calls-deadlines

E-mail [email protected] for more information.

Founded in 2009, Arquetopia Foundation is an internationally established, award-winning nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Our comprehensive, customized International Artist-in-Residence Programs  www.arquetopia.org/residencies-general-info  are the largest and most reputable in Latin America, with an array of contents anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists. We are invested in approaching art and art history with a critical perspective by understanding Mexico and Peru’s complexity in context and incorporating nuances in narratives and interpretation especially of the 3,000-year heritage of visual culture of these two countries. Our residency programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, writers, journalists, and cultural researchers age 20 and over.

Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique residency programs with substantial content. Our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include structured, informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and personalized project support.

Deadline: 12/31/2020

Fort Mac Farmers Market: Artists and Musicians

The Fort Mac Farmers Market is seeking talented artists of all disciplines for the new Farmers Market open every weekend in downtown Fort McMurray.

They welcome all types of art from all cultures around the world. New students or seasoned artists of all ages welcome. They provide free exhibition space to showcase your artwork and sell directly, they take no fees. It’s your responsibility. They will proudly promote you on our social media marketing campaign targeting the entire population of Fort McMurray.

They are also seeking talented musicians to busk for the new Farmers Market open every weekend in downtown Fort McMurray.

They welcome all types of live music performers from all cultures around the world. Solo or duo artists, join us. First time newbies or experienced players, all ages & backgrounds are welcome.

They provide the stage, sound system & lights. They will proudly promote you on our social media marketing campaign targeting the entire population of Fort McMurray.

Deadline: 12/31/2020

Samuel Connected North Youth Leadership Fund

The Samuel Connected North Youth Leadership Fund was established to support emerging Indigenous youth leaders creating meaningful change within and beyond their communities.

The Fund offers the following types of grants: Travel Grants cover travel and registration costs for conferences, gatherings, and learning opportunities. Community Project Grants support social entrepreneurship and leadership initiatives. In addition, Equipment Loans of video and audio equipment for digital projects are available.

Individuals between the ages of 15 and 35 who identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit and reside in Canada are eligible to apply. Online applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about each type of support.

Deadline: 12/31/2020

ASA Scholarships 2021

The Alberta Society of Artists awards three scholarships to Fine Arts students in Graduate and Undergraduate Programs. Students must be enrolled in an Alberta-based post secondary institution and be a resident of Alberta. Scholarship for One Graduate student: $1,000 ; Scholarship for Two Undergraduate students: $1,000 each. 

Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to apply to participate in the exhibition EMERGING ARTISTS UNLEASHED.

Deadline: January 5, 2021


Deadline: 01/05/2021

Words in Motion 2021

Words In Motion is a literacy program that promotes an appreciation for the art of poetry. It is open to everyone living in the Wood Buffalo region. Whether you are a student, a professional writer, or a novice wordsmith, you are encouraged to participate.

An external panel of judges will select the poems to be displayed in WBRL. Authors of the selected poems will be invited to participate in a celebration event and have their poem printed in the 2021 WIM Poetry Booklet. Poems must be submitted by January 31. 

Submission Criteria

  • Public: Anyone currently living within the RMWB can participate.
  • High School (Grades 7-12): Submit your poems to your class teacher. We request that classroom teachers submit 5-10 poems from their class that best fit the program. Include the student’s name, school name, address, email address and grade level in each submission. 
  • Elementary School (Grades 1-6): Submit your poems to your class teacher. We request that classroom teachers submit 5-10 poems from their class that best fit the program. Include the student’s name, school name, address, email address, and grade level in each submission.  


  • Poem submissions must be in Microsoft Word black font (Calibri or Times New Roman) and sent via email to [email protected] with the title of the poem, the writer’s full name, address, and email address. If you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate that in your submission.
  • Maximum of three entries per person.
  • Previously published poems will not be accepted.
  • Poems can be of any theme, form or language. If submit a poem in another language, please also include the English translation.
  • Class poems (i.e poems collectively created by a classroom with guidance from the teacher) are allowed. However, class assignments with teachers setting up a ‘formula’ for students to fill in will be disqualified
  • Students who do not wish to have their poems selected by their teacher can participate through the Public category, however, please do not submit the same poem through multiple categories.
  • Poem selection will be judged based on originality, appropriateness, poetic techniques, organization and flow, emotion, image and imagination.

How to Make a Submission (Deadline is January 31)

  • Public: Submissions can be made by emailing [email protected] 
  • High School (Grades 7-12): Submit your poems to your class teacher. We request that classroom teachers submit 5-10 poems from their class that best fit the program. Include the student’s full name, school name, grade level, email address and home address in each submission. 
  • Elementary School (Grades 1-6):  Submit your poems to your class teacher. We request that classroom teachers submit 5-10 poems from their class that best fit the program.  Include the student’s full name, school name, grade level, email address and home address in each submission. 

Deadline: 01/31/2021

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