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Grants for Writers in Canada

Are you a Canadian writer looking for funding to support your work? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of organizations that provide grants for Canadian writers. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or just starting out, there are Canadian writing grants available to support your creative efforts. So, if you’re wondering how to get a creative writing grant, keep reading.

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National Organizations:

Canadian Council for the Arts

Access Copyright Foundation

Writers Trust – Woodcock Fund Grant

Canadian Heritage

International Organizations:

The Whiting Foundation – Creative Nonfiction Grant

*Based in New York but has recently opened to Canadians.

Provincial Organizations:

Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Writers Guild of Alberta

Edmonton Arts Council

Calgary Arts Development

British Columbia:

British Columbia Arts Council


Manitoba Arts Council

Winnipeg Arts Council

New Brunswick:

The New Brunswick Arts Board

Newfoundland and Labrador:

Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council

Northwest Territories Arts Council

Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage


Nunavut Department of Culture and Heritage


Ontario Arts Council Ontario

Toronto Arts Council

Prince Edward Island:

Prince Edward Island Arts Grants Funding


Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec


Saskatchewan Arts


Yukon Funds and Grants

In addition to the financial support that grants for Canadian writers provide, they can also offer opportunities for writers to expand their networks, develop their skills, and reach new audiences. As you explore the granting bodies we’ve highlighted, keep in mind that each one has its own unique offerings and requirements. Be sure to read the guidelines carefully and tailor your application to meet the specific criteria. Remember to also check with local arts organizations and writing groups for additional funding opportunities and resources. Keep pursuing your passion and exploring all avenues for support. With persistence and a bit of luck, you may find the funding you need to take your writing career to the next level. Happy writing!

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