Online event funding


September 28, 2020 update: Applications for event funding are temporarily closed. Please feel free to peruse the information provided on this page if you are considering submitting an application in the future! Due to an enthusiastic uptake of this funding, applications are temporarily closed while we assess the status of the program. Applications received after September 28, 2020, will not be processed.


The League of Canadian Poets is very excited to be launching applications for funding to support online events taking place between before March 31, 2021, 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.

Technical support for hosts and poets: some technical support may be available to hosts and poets organizing online events; a request for tech support can be made in the application. Members and non-members of the League can submit their interest in providing paid tech support here.

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 is the deadline to apply?
  • 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. Information for virtual class visits for the 2020-2021 school year will be available at in late August, 2020.
  • 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 primarily reserved for members of the League of Canadian Poets, but a limited amount of funding is available for non-members. You can find out if someone is a member of the League by searching their name in our member directory.

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 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?

No. Applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks in advance of the scheduled event; applications take up to three weeks to process, so if you require more than a week’s notice of funding, please plan and apply accordingly. Exceptions can occasionally be made; e-mail with urgent inquiries, but please allow 2 business days for a response.

What is the deadline to apply?

There is currently no deadline for this funding program. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, and will take three weeks to process.

Updates to funding availability, processing times, and deadlines will be posted to this page as soon as they are available. We are committed to supporting as many hosts and poets as we can during these difficult times, and we will be monitoring program engagement carefully so as to ensure equitable distribution of funding both geographically and for events through the year.

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

You will receive an e-mail confirmation of receipt within 6 business days of submitting your application; please do not follow up before then.

Applications will be processed within 3 weeks; no status updates will be available before then. Once your application has been processed, you will be notified of the results by e-mail.

If your application for funding is approved, you will be required to report on the event after it has taken place, 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?

Please note that as of September 28, 2020, applications are temporarily closed.

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!