Event organizers and teachers across Canada may be able to receive funding for a visit from a League poet! Eligible members can receive funding through any of our four readings programs:
- Canada Poetry Tours and National Poetry Month, available across Canada and funded by the Canada Arts Council;
- Poets in the Schools, available in Ontario and funded by the Ontario Arts Council
- Readings in Public Places, available in Toronto and funded by the Toronto Arts Council.
- To receive funding from our programs, poets must be full members of the League (except for NPM funding). Become a member!
- Poets do not apply to receive funding for their own reading—hosts and event organizers must submit the application.
- Poets with confirmed readings will receive confirmation paperwork by post. This will include an official League invoice, to be completed by the poet and returned to the League after the reading.
- Poets who receive funding through our CPT and PITS programs can also receive some travel reimbursement. These costs are submitted on the poet’s invoice after the reading.
- Cancelled readings cannot be “held” under any circumstances, and will be redistributed among previously received applications.
- Steps poets can take to secure funding through the League’s programs:
- Approach hosts of reading series, festivals, or other literary events and let them know about the programs.
- Help arrange details of your reading, if the host requires assistance: date, time, full- or half-reading, etc.
- Our funding programs help to supplement the reading fee for full members of the League reading at your event. If you are wondering how to organize a poetry event, check out these tips!
- All application materials must be submitted by you, the host, but we ask that you please confirm with the requested poet before submitting the application. It is also a great idea to use our member directory to double-check that the poet is a full member of the League at the time of your application.
- Reading fees and travel reimbursement are paid directly to the poet.
- Hosts whose applications are approved receive confirmation paperwork by post. This will include a host report for the event, which must be completed and returned to the League after the reading.
- Steps hosts can take to secure funding through the League’s programs:
- Ask the readers for your event if they are members of the League—they may forget to mention it, and it could be an opportunity they’d like to take advantage of!
- Use our member directory to find poets in your area, or poets that you would like to see at your event—many of them post their contact information online so you can contact them to ask if they would like to be a part of your event.
All funding is distributed on a first come, first served basis* per availability. Although a deadline may be listed, we cannot guarantee that any application received prior to the deadline will receive funding.
Recipients of League funding must acknowledge support by including the appropriate logos on all promotional materials. Find more details about acknowledgment on each program’s page, and find all logos on our logo page.
CANADA POETRY TOURS: Across Canada
Applications open from June 15 to July 31 for readings taking place from October 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018.
For readings taking place between April 1 and September 30, submit applications between January 15 and February 28.
For readings taking place between October 1 and March 31, submit applications between June 15 and July 31.
Canada Poetry Tours funding is available to full members in good standing for readings taking place anywhere in Canada. Applications must be submitted by the host. Visit poets.ca/cpt for more information regarding deadlines and the application process. Please note: this funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis; it is therefore best to submit at the beginning of the application periods.
Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.
POETS IN THE SCHOOLS: Ontario only
Applications closed for 2017-2018 fiscal year. Applications will reopen in early 2018 for school visits taking place after April 1, 2018.
Poets in the Schools funding is available to full members in good standing for readings taking place in elementary schools, junior high schools, and high schools in Ontario. Applications must be submitted by the host school. Visit poets.ca/pits for more information regarding deadlines and the application process.
Click here for a list of poets open to visiting your school. If the link does not work, visit our Member Directory page and in our advanced search select “Poet in the Schools” to find an up-to-date list.
Funded by the Ontario Arts Council.
READING IN PUBLIC PLACES: City of Toronto only
Applications closed for 2017-2018 fiscal year. Applications will reopen in early 2018 for readings taking place after April 1, 2018.
Readings in Public Places funding is available to full members in good standing for readings taking place in Toronto, excluding readings in elementary and secondary schools. Applications must be submitted by the host. Visit poets.ca/ripp for more information regarding deadlines and the application process.
Funded by the Toronto Arts Council.
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH: Across Canada
Accepts applications annually between January 10 and February 10.
National Poetry Month funding is available to full members in good standing and to non-members who meet the League’s full membership eligibility criteria. Hosts can apply for funding for events planned anywhere in Canada during the month of April. Events must be planned in accordance with the year’s National Poetry Month theme. To find out more about National Poetry Month, including theme, deadlines, and the application form, visit poets.ca/npm.
Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.
*New League members receive one reserved half-reading through the Canada Poetry Tours funding program. Full members with an upcoming book publication may be eligible to reserve 3 full readings for a book tour through Canada Poetry Tours. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about reserved readings.