Call for Applications - Access Copyright Foundation Marian Hebb Research Grants. Deadline: February 15, 2023

Monday, December 19, 2022

Access Copyright Foundation has begun to accept applications for its next round of funding for Marian Hebb Research Grants.

The Foundation’s Marian Hebb Research Grant program supports inquiry, information gathering and exploration by individuals and organizations relevant to Canadian publishing, writing and visual arts, and toward the realization of a publishable work in progress.

If this sounds like work you are currently undertaking, we heartily encourage you to consider applying for an Access Copyright Foundation Marian Hebb Research Grant.

Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

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

Learn more about the Foundation’s Marian Hebb Research Grant program

Visit the Foundation's website or download its Application Guidelines (please refer to pages 14-19).

Virtual and at-home research funding option for creators is now permanent

At the beginning of 2021, the Foundation expanded eligibility so that creators had the option to submit a Research Grant application to cover virtual and at-home research, up to a maximum of $3,000, for expenses such as local transportation, video conferencing and other online services in addition to the option of applying for a research grant involving travel, up to a maximum of $7,500.

The response over the past two years has been so overwhelmingly positive that creators are now permanently eligible to apply for funding for virtual and at-home research as part of the Foundation’s Research Grant program.

“I am really grateful to Access Copyright Foundation for providing me with a Marian Hebb Research Grant, which offered me the time and resources I needed to complete research on the Chinese feminist poet Qiu Jin, especially during a time when international travel remains difficult,” said author Yilin Wang. “Thanks to Access Copyright Foundation, I have been able to make significant progress on my research, and I feel much more prepared to embark on a book-length translation of Qiu Jin's poetry.”

Author Lori Hahnel also shares how the ability to apply for grant funding for virtual research aided her exploration of composer Clara Schumann. “With this funding, I was able to carry on with research online, including subscriptions to the Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall and the language app Babbel, which allowed me to brush up on my German in preparation for the trip, which we eventually made in 2022,” said Hahnel.

The Foundation’s Marian Hebb Research Grant program has been an essential resource for those seeking support for important inquiries related to Canadian writing, publishing and visual arts and the Foundation is pleased to be able to facilitate as broad a scope of research as possible for Canada’s creative professionals.

Important eligibility information about Access Copyright Foundation’s granting programs

Access Copyright Foundation wants to make sure its granting programs provide the widest and most equitable opportunity to those communities that the Foundation serves. That’s why the following eligibility restrictions are in place for grant recipients:

  • Applicants may be awarded a maximum of two Foundation 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 Marian Hebb Research Grant for 2022 will be able to apply again in 2024.

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.