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Bursaries, Grants & Subsidies

Last checked April 3, 2024, by Setav Kamal, Langara College Library & Information Technology practicum student

Bursaries & Subsidies

Magazine Association of BC. Internship Initiative (Subsidy Program): A grant-based internship subsidy program. Member magazines may apply for an internship of 20+ hours per week, 16-26 weeks per year, for positions at minimum wage or higher. Subsidies offered typically run from 60-80%. Contact us to obtain more details. See here for more details about the internship subsidy program. 

Magazine Association of BC. Professional Development Bursary: MagsBC members from out of town (including staff and volunteers at member publications) are eligible to apply for travel and tuition assistance to attend selected professional development events. Eligible events and application deadlines will be announced to the membership. Contact the executive director at for details. 


Access Copyright Foundation: Supports creators and organizations in the creation and dissemination of written and visual arts in Canada. They offer three grant programs aimed towards freelance creators, professionals, publishers and artists groups. Visit Site

Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Media Fellowship Program: The program is funded by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and in part by Cathay Pacific Airways. The program’s goal is to provide an opportunity to Canadian journalists to gain insights on Asia and the Canada-Asia relationship. The grants are offered to any Canadian journalist employed by a Canadian magazine or newspaper as a feature writer, columnist, freelancer and more. Visit Site 

BC Arts Council: Provides financial support to eligible writers, artists, publishers, and cultural organizations in BC. Visit Site

BC Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch Community Grants: The former BC Gaming Commission provides funding to certain provincial arts groups that can show community involvement.  Visit Site

Canada Book Fund: The Canada Book Fund (CBF) ensures access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books nationally and internationally, by fostering a strong book industry that publishes and markets Canadian-authored books. The CBF has three components – Support for Booksellers (until March 31 2024), Support for Organizations, and Support for Publishers (with two sub-components). Visit Site

The Canada Council for the Arts : A national agency which offers grants, services and awards to eligible professional Canadian artists and arts organizations, including writers and cultural magazine publishers. Visit Site

Canada Council for the Arts. Literary Publishing Projects – Grants for Supporting Artistic Practice: For Canadian publishers of literary books and magazines who are committed to the development and promotion of Canadian literary writers. Grants support the publication of literary books and magazines authored by Canadian writers. Visit Site

Canada Periodical Fund: An initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The fund provides contributions to eligible Canadian magazine publishers and industry associations through formula-based and project-based components. Visit Site

City of Vancouver Cultural Services. Grants, Awards & Support Programs: A City of Vancouver organization that provides grants for eligible cultural organizations and events. Visit Site

Creative BC. Magazine Publishers Travel Support Program: The program sponsors financial support for BC magazine publishers to attend magazine conferences, both domestic and international, as well as international trade events. The support program is designed to encourage recipients to further their professional development. Visit Site

Imagine Canada. Directory of Funders: A directory of funders and grants in Canada. Available for a fee; a starter-kit is also available for free to non-profits under $100,000/year. They also provide recommended resource lists and a searchable database in their Nonprofit Library. Visit Site

LIFT Philanthropy Partners: LIFT invests in social purpose organizations that improve health, skills development, education and employment. They provide these organizations with a valuable combination of skills, expertise and resources to improve their operations, accountability and measurement practices over the long term. Visit Site

Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan): Formerly known as Western Economic Diversification Canada until August 2021, this regional development agency focuses on British Columbia’s evolving economy, supporting business, innovation and community economic development. Visit Site

Vancouver Foundation: A philanthropic organization which grants money and resources to a broad range of eligible groups. Visit Site

Vancouver Public Library. Writer in Residence Program: To promote Canadian writers and their literature. The grant is a four-month residency. The writer will spend 50% of their time on their project and the other 50% of their time monitoring emerging writers. Visit Site

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