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Literary Individual Project Funding

This opportunity provides up to $15,000 to support the development of individual Alberta artists, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists by providing funding for a specific literary arts project.


To be eligible for individual project funding, you must be a resident of Alberta. This means you:

  • are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • have had your primary residence in Alberta for at least one full year before applying
  • ordinarily live in Alberta for a least six months of each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting to apply. Previous grant recipients must ensure all final reporting has been approved by the AFA before new applications are accepted.

Applicants, including ensembles or collectives, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation.

To be eligible for project funding:

  • the applicant must own the copyright of a proposed work
  • a proposed publication must be available and accessible to the general public

Please note, AFA funding is not assured for any project.

Eligible literary genres

    For the purposes of this funding opportunity, eligible projects include the below list of genres. Literary arts translation and anthology projects in any of the below genres are also eligible:

    • novels
    • short fiction
    • poetry
    • graphic novels
    • plays
    • young adult fiction
    • picture books
    • literary non-fiction*

    *The AFA defines literary non-fiction as a genre that uses inventive or literary techniques to produce work that is factually true and artistically elegant, and is written in a personal, identifiable voice. It can include:

    • biography
    • cultural, political or social commentary
    • history
    • literary journalism
    • memoir
    • personal essays
    • travel writing

    Types of projects

    Through this opportunity, you may apply for project funding to support artistic activities in:

    • art production
    • marketing
    • research
    • training and career development

    Art production includes the development, creation, of a work in literary arts.

    Projects should be confined to a distinct phase of a work, such as a first or final draft, in one of the eligible literary genres listed above. 

      Marketing includes a program of activity for a specific period of time to disseminate a completed literary work and/or to develop audiences and markets for the artist's work.

      Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

      • promotional reading tours and book launches
      • on-line marketing initiatives such as book trailers
      • attendance at literary festivals, non-academic conferences, or award presentations by invitation

      Research includes a program of activity for a specific period of time that supports or results in the development of new work in the literary arts.

      Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

      • experimentation
      • exploration
      • research of primary materials

      Training and career development includes a course or program of study to develop a writer's training in literary arts, including translation.

      Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

      • workshops
      • master classes
      • retreats
      • mentorship programs
      • professional development
      • professional courses of study in literary arts

      For more information, please visit the Alberta Foundation for the Arts webpage.

      Agency Name: 
      Alberta Foundation for the Arts
      Contact Name: 
      Brenda Hennig
      Grant Amount: 
      Grant Location: 
      External Deadline: 
      Monday, March 2, 2020
      Internal Deadline: 
      Monday, March 2, 2020
      Grant Type: 
      Grant Area: 
      Fine Arts
      Grant Eligibility: