January – March 2021: online event funding

UPDATED MARCH 19, 2021

A limited amount of funding has become available to retroactively provide honoraria for events that took place between between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021. Please e-mail funding@poets.ca with the details of your event to apply for this funding, with the subject line “Retroactive funding application.” Applications will remain open until Thursday, March 25, and applicants will hear back on Friday, March 26.

PROGRAM GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION

The League of Canadian Poets online event funding is made possible thanks to funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Toronto Arts Council. Please read the guidelines on this page carefully before completing the online application form at the bottom of the page.

Below you will find answers to the following questions:

  • Who can apply for funding?
  • Who is the funding for? Do I have to be a League member?
  • How much funding can I apply for?
  • What kinds of events are eligible for funding?

Who can apply for funding?

There are two types of applicants who may apply to receive funding through this program:

  • Online event organizers anywhere in Canada may submit an application for their poets to receive an honorarium from the League
    • Schools, universities, and publishers are not eligible for funding through this program.
  • Poets who are League members may submit an application to receive an honorarium for their own independent online offerings

See “What kinds of events are eligible for funding?” for more details.

Who is the funding for? Do I have to be a League member?

This program provides an honorarium which is paid directly to the poet following the event.

This funding is available to Full members of the League of Canadian Poets. You can find out if someone is a member of the League by searching their name in our member directory. Update as of December 7, 2020: non-member funding has been disbursed. Poets must be a member of the League to receive funding.

How much funding can I apply for?

This program provides $125 and $250 honoraria to poets. Previous program limits have changed so that poets and hosts can receive more support from this program:

  • Poets may receive a maximum of $1,250 in honoraria for events between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021.
  • Hosts may receive funding for up to 10 readings (eg. five two-person events, with a total of 10 readings). Hosts may apply for funding for the same poet more than once, but no more than 3 times.

Note for regular users of LCP funding: funding received for events between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021 will not effect funding eligibility for April 2021 and beyond; 2020 – 2021 limits are also not affected by funding received for events prior to April 1, 2020. These limits do not include funding received from the Poets in the Schools program.

What kinds of events are eligible for funding?

We are excited to have some flexibility in the kinds of online events we can support. Events may be ticketed but must be promoted publicly and accessible to the general public (eg. not a members-only event). Here are examples of eligible online events, applications for which may be submitted by either an organizer or a participating poet:

  • $125 honorarium events:
    • A 10-20 minute recorded video of a poet reading original poems and discussing poetry, process, etc. (ie. not a live event)
      • Posted on the applicant’s own social media accounts
      • Option to host the video on the League’s YouTube channel
      • Existing online presence required
    • Participate in a live online event with several readers, with a reading of up to 15 minutes and no Q&A period
  • $250 honorarium events:
    • A solo live event on any live platform (eg. Instagram, Facebook, Zoom) for a duration of 20-30 minutes, including a reading and a live Q&A period
      • Existing online presence required
      • Event could be a reading, workshop, or a blend of styles
    • Participate in a live online event with at least two people, with a scheduled duration of at least 30 minutes, plus a Q&A period
      • Event could be a reading, workshop, or a blend of styles

Unsure of whether your event qualifies for funding? We recommend submitting a detailed application with as much information as possible, so we can review your proposed event and support you to the extent that our funding allows! However, if you are very uncertain, you are welcome to e-mail funding@poets.ca to discuss. Please note that you should expect a 2-3 business day response time for e-mail inquiries at this time.