Call for Applications: Access Copyright Foundation Professional Development Grants. Deadline: April 1

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Seeking financial support to sharpen your skills or expand your expertise?

Access Copyright Foundation’s Professional Development Grants program may be able to help.

The Foundation offers grant funding to facilitate professional-development opportunities for Canadian writers, visual artists and publishers as well as staff members at organizations that represent them.

If you’re considering undertaking education and skills training through workshops, internships, courses, and distance education, we hope you'll consider applying for a Professional Development Grant.

The Foundation is also pleased to confirm that online or remote courses as well as training for staff or freelance arts professionals working for organizations in the Canadian publishing, writing or visual arts sector are also activities that are eligible for Professional Development Grant funding.

Learn more about the Foundation’s Professional Development Grant program (please refer to pages 20-26).

To apply for a grant, please visit the SK Arts Portal. The Foundation’s grants program is administered by SK Arts.

The deadline for applications is April 1 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

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 the Foundation continues this work, it wants to make sure its 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 was awarded a Professional Development 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.