February 24, 2016: Access Copyright Foundation awards just over $35,000 in professional development grants

Toronto; February 24, 2016 – The Access Copyright Foundation (ACF) has awarded just over $35,000 to 20 Canadian creators, and cultural organizations in professional development grant funding.

“All writers and visual artists need opportunities to grow and develop. Our professional development grants program allows Canadian creators to do just that, by providing funding to take part in skills training, professional development or mentorship,” said ACF chairperson Katherine Lawrence. “We thank the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s ongoing support to allow us to continue this important work.”

The ACF Professional Development Grants program provide access to specialized training and continuing education for writers and visual artists and for arts professionals employed or contracted by Canadian publishers, writing and visual arts organizations.

In total, 22 applications for a professional development grant were received. As the ACF was in the position to fully fund all applications received, the grant recipients were selected using a modified adjudication process to what the Saskatchewan Arts Board, which administers the ACF Grants program and juries, typically employs. All applications were closely reviewed by program consultant Joanne Gerber to confirm eligibility with ACF’s Professional Development Grants program. Final grant recipients were selected after close review by long-time publisher and previous ACF juror Elizabeth Eve. This streamlined process reflects industry best practices when granting organizations’ funding capabilities equal the number of applications received.

The Access Copyright Foundation promotes and supports Canadian culture by providing grants to assist with the development and distribution of publishable Canadian works.

To learn more about the Access Copyright Foundation Grants Program and the Saskatchewan Arts Board, please visit: www.artsboard.sk.ca/grants/grant-programs/2131-access-copyright-foundation-grants.

For media inquiries:
Katherine Lawrence,

For information on the Access Copyright Grants Programs:
Saskatchewan Arts Board
Joanne Gerber,
Program Consultant – Literary and Multidisciplinary Arts; (306)964‐1163;