COVID Resources - COVID-19 Funding

Reconnect Festival and Event Program – NEW! Oct 9, 2020

Ontario is investing $9 million through the new Reconnect Festival and Event Program to support municipalities and event organizers during COVID-19. This funding will be used to maintain public safety requirements and allow people to reconnect with their communities through online, drive-through and other innovative experiences. Organizers will be developing creative programs such as virtual Remembrance Day events, reverse holiday parades with drive-by static floats, drive-in music concerts and movies, holiday tree lightings and New Year’s Eve displays that light-up iconic buildings.

The Program is open to organizers with a minimum $50,000 operating budget and the capacity to safely reconnect Ontarians with their communities.

The application deadline is December 1, 2020.

SOCAN Emergency Fund

SOCAN announced today that it is expanding its efforts to provide financial assistance to struggling members as a result of the COVID-19 crisis by allocating up to a total of $2-million for emergency royalty advances.

CBC and Canada Council for the Arts Digital Originals – posted April 23, 2020

A new $1 million fund to help artists, groups and arts organizations pivot their work to online audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Creators can apply for a maximum of $5000 in funding per project, a selection of which will be curated and digitally showcased by CBC/Radio-Canada.

CBC Creative Relief Fund

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, CBC has launched The CBC Creative Relief Fund to provide immediate, urgent support to Canadian creators. The unprecedented new Fund will provide $2 million in development and production funding for a diverse range of innovative, original Canadian storytelling, including scripted comedies and dramas, unscripted entertainment, kids and young adult programming, podcasts, play adaptations and short documentaries.

Music Together: This is a new funding stream that will facilitate live concert streams by at least 300 Ontario-based artists, each of whom will receive a one-time performance fee of $1,000.

Woodcock Fund Grant: This grant provides emergency funds for writers mid-project.

The AFC: Provides emergency financial aid for entertainment professionals.

Unison: Provides financial aid for musicians.

Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers: Administered by Glad Day Bookshop in Toronto, this fund will help cover emergency aid and paid work for LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers.

CANADIAN Low-Income Artist/Musician Relief Fund: A group fundraising to support a relief fund.

Behind the Scenes Basic Needs Grants: Provides financial assistance for seriously ill entertainment technology professionals in the U.S. and Canada.

Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists: Accepting applications from artists who post a 45 to 60 minute online performance between today and March 31, 2020. Financial grants will be given out from a $100,000 relief fund.

The Photographer Fund: A $25,000 fund to help self-employed photographers facing hardship.

Canadian Cinema Worker Fund: Fundraiser to create a fund for cinema workers who will not be compensated by their employers for the foreseeable future.

The Writers Union of Canada: The Writers’ Trust of Canada and The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) announced the creation of the Canadian Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund to provide support to professional authors financially affected by the COVID-19 health crisis. The fund will begin with an initial amount of $150,000 and distribute grants in amounts of $1,500 to writers that have seen contracted or projected income evaporate due to the current public health crisis. Financial support for the program is supplied by three program partners: the Writers’ Trust, TWUC, and RBC.

CBC Guide to Writing Prizes for Canadians: CBC Books has rounded up a list of literary prizes Canadians are eligible to enter.