Accessible Digital Books — Support for Organizations
This special call for projects starting between April 2021 and March 2022 will be open until May 28, 2021. Projects will be assessed as they are received by the program until all 2021-2022 program funds are allocated.
Budget 2019 announced an investment of $22.8 million over 5 years for the development of an initiative to support the sustainable production and distribution of accessible digital books by Canadian independent publishers through the Canada Book Fund.
The objective of this initiative is to encourage the Canadian book industry to integrate accessible publishing features into the production and distribution of digital books (ebooks and audio books) that can be used by everyone, including readers living with print disabilities. Specifically, this initiative aims to increase the availability of "born accessible" Canadian-authored digital titles.
In 2021-2022, the program will build on the first 2 rounds of funding for this initiative by supporting collective projects that have one or more of the following objectives:
- increasing accessible publishing capacity in Canada
- developing and promoting best practices and
- implementing industry standards and certification
In addition, the program will provide funding to collective projects that support Canadian publishers’ production or conversion of accessible digital books. The program will also consider collective projects that contribute to the distribution and marketing of accessible digital books produced by Canadian publishers through libraries and other sales channels.
Who can apply
Canadian-owned and -controlled organizations representing or related to the Canadian book industry are invited to apply for funding for collective projects that support the broad objectives of the accessible digital book initiative and the specific objectives for this current round.
Priority will be given to projects:
- demonstrating the involvement of Canadians with print disabilities or organizations that provide services to this population, including library organizations
- involving partnerships between organizations in different language markets or involving different parts of the industry (for example, publishers and distributors)
- demonstrating multiple sources of funding and/or a strategy for long-term financial viability
Project applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until May 28, 2021. To be accepted, eligible projects must conform to the application guidelines of the Support for Organizations component of Canada Book Fund.
A wide variety of projects may be eligible for funding within the existing categories of marketing, professional development, internships and technology projects in the program guidelines. Should you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact the Canada Book Fund program to discuss your project before applying.
Examples of projects could include:
- Development or implementation of collective production or conversion strategies to respond to identified gaps in the accessible book market or in Canadian libraries
- Professional development or collective internship projects that will increase capacity to produce accessible digital books in Canada, including through publishing schools
- Collective marketing projects that will highlight Canadian-authored accessible digital books
- Technology projects that seek to improve access to, and discoverability of accessible digital books in Canadian libraries or on existing or new sales platforms
Any conversion projects should demonstrate how past sales or market interest will be considered in the selection of books to be converted. It should also be clear in the application how the accessible digital books will be made available to Canadians with print disabilities.
Please note that applications for projects involving partnerships between multiple organizations should include information on each partner’s role and, in the case where a partner is not financially contributing to the project, a letter of support.
Funding per project varies but funding of more than $250,000 is exceptional and reserved for projects with broad national impact in either or both language markets.
An initial funding cap of $100,000 will be applied for successful collective conversion projects. If there is room in the program budget, additional funding may be considered for conversion work that contributes to the program objective of increasing accessible publishing capacity in Canada.
Expenses incurred before receiving written confirmation of funding approval are at your own risk.The project for which you are requesting funding cannot finish before you receive your funding decision.
Multi-year projects can be considered but not for new applicants to the program. Please consult the program guidelines for requirements for applying for funding for more than 12 months.
How to apply
- Review the Support for Organizations application guidelines
- Review the information on Budget categories and items
- Fill out and send us the Support for Organizations application form
Please send your application by email. We are not able to accept applications by mail at this time.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Support for Organizations program at the email address below.
- 1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)
Agents are available to answer your questions Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET).
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