Online event funding

WAITLIST ONLY

December 17, 2020 update: This program has been fully disbursed, and will not be actively processing applications at this time.

If you have an event planned for before March 31, 2021, that you plan to do with or without funding, you may want to submit a waitlist application! If any reserved readings are cancelled, waitlist applications will be approved for funding at that time. It is likely this would happen after your event has already taken place.

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?
  • My event already happened – can I still receive funding for it?
  • What should I do after I’ve submitted my application?

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.

New: Organizers in Canada may apply to receive a modest honorarium for helping to keep poetry offerings alive and well during these uncertain times! Eligible hosts may apply to receive $75 for organizing a live online event with at least 3 participating poets, which includes readings and a live discussion period.

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.

My event already happened – can I still receive funding for it?

As we are currently only accepting waitlist applications, we anticipate that events will be past by the time the application is processed. We would prefer for waitlist applications to be for events in December 2020, or January, February, or March 2021.

What should I do after I’ve submitted my application?

As we are currently only accepting waitlist applications, there is no guarantee your application will be processed. If funding becomes available and your application is approved, you will receive the results by e-mail. We will notify any outstanding waitlist applicants that they have not been processed by April 1, 2021.

If your waitlist application is approved, you will be required to report on the event, including providing attendance statistics and a link to where the event, or a record of it, is archived. You will receive comprehensive instructions via e-mail on how to proceed.

Ready to submit your application?

WAITLIST ONLY

December 17, 2020 update: This program has been fully disbursed, and will not be actively processing applications at this time.

If you have an event planned for before March 31, 2021, that you plan to do with or without funding, you may want to submit a waitlist application! If any reserved readings are cancelled, waitlist applications will be approved for funding at that time. It is likely this would happen after your event has already taken place.

Application form: LCP funding application – online events

You will need the following information:

  • Organizer information, if applicable (ie. if you are an organizer applying on behalf of a poet)
  • Poet’s name, e-mail address, and province of residence (please submit a separate application for each poet)
  • Scheduled event date
  • A link to any existing online platforms that will be used to host and/or promote the event
  • Planned details of the event, including platform and lineup

Thank you for applying to our online event funding programs!