There are several programs in Canada that award grants and subsidies to existing magazines. Currently there is no specific funding available to new publications. Always check the eligibility criteria of each program you are researching and talk to a representative of the funding organization before proceeding with an application.
Canada Periodical Fund
Canadian Heritage is responsible for national policies and programs that promote Canadian content, foster cultural participation, active citizenship and participation in Canada’s civic life, and strengthen connections among Canadians.
Canadian Heritage’s Canada Periodical Fund offers grants under three components:
Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national, arm’s-length arts funding agency. Its main areas of activity are:
- Grants: It provides funding to individual professional artists and arts organizations through a peer assessment process.
- Endowments and Prizes: Each year, the Canada Council awards fellowships and prizes to some 200 artists and scholars.
- Research, communications and arts promotion activities also further its mandate to support, promote and celebrate the arts.
The Canada Council for the Arts offers grants to art and literary magazines.
In Ontario, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) offers funding to eligible magazines based in the province. The OMDC, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries.
Provincial Councils and Foundations
Arts and literary magazines may find grants available to their organizations through their local arts councils and various foundations, including:
* Non-profit organizations that publish a magazine may want to investigate the grants available through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Société de développement des périodiques culturels québecois (SODEP)
Culture et Communications Québec
The Quebec Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec
Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ)