Deadline for applications: May 31, 2019
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador recognizes the important role of the publishing industry in the cultural and economic life of the province. Additionally, Government recognizes the economic disadvantages faced by the publishing sector due to the small domestic market, difficulty in distribution, and pressures from national and international competitors.
The Publishers Assistance Program supports publishers with potential for sustained or expanding business strength, sound market and business planning, employment growth over the long term, and responsiveness to the provincial literary sector. The program is designed to strengthen the publishing and the literary sectors overall by encouraging quality products, effective marketing, and by making professional development services available to publishers. The program supports digital technology products.
The Publishers Assistance Program is a component of the Cultural Economic Development Program (CEDP). CEDP is designed to stimulate economic activity by providing financial assistance for heritage and professional arts activities including support for the growth of self-sustaining economic activity within the sectors and for increased capacity for market access and expansion of cultural products. CEDP programming adheres to the principles outlined in Creative Newfoundland and Labrador: The Blueprint for Development and Investment in Culture, 2006.
The Publishers Assistance Program targets editing, design, marketing, and professional development as a means of enhancing products and the overall impact of government funding to the publishing sector.
This component assists publishers with costs related to enhancing the presentation of books. Eligible costs include content editing and copyediting.
This component assists publishers with costs related to enhancing the presentation of books. Eligible costs include cover and page layout and design, including costs associated with images (artwork, photography).
This component assist publishers with costs related to marketing activities aimed at enhancing audience development locally, nationally and internationally. Eligible costs include those directly related to the promotion and sale of books.
This component assists publishers in participating in professional development opportunities, including training programs, forums, information sessions, and attendance at industry-led conferences, both within and outside the province.
The program does not support general operations, printing costs, royalty payments to authors, or the earnings or wages of owners of companies; these costs are ineligible.
To be eligible for assistance under the Publishers Assistance Program a publishing company must:
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador reserves the right to ask for additional information to determine the eligibility of an applicant.
Funding is allocated based on two components: a Base Component allocated on a per publication basis, based on eligible titles released the previous year (40% of funding); and an Evaluation Component based on an assessment of the company's publishing program (60% of funding) as presented in the application.
The Evaluation Component is based on points awarded for each criterion (as indicated on the Application Form) per the following scale: 0 for Very poor or non-existent; 1 for Poor; 2 for Fair; 3 for Good; 4 for Very good; and 5 for Excellent. An applicant will not be eligible for funding under the Publishers Assistance Program if fewer than twenty-five (25) assessment points out of the maximum one hundred points (100) of the Evaluation Component are awarded.
The following categories and combinations thereof are eligible: fiction and non-fiction; children, young adult and adult; poetry, drama and literature; history, biography, folklore/folk-life, art, music, Aboriginal themes, architecture, literary criticism, nature, philosophy, politics, social sciences, sport, travel, adventure tourism and humour.
The deadline for applications is May 31, 2019. Decisions on allocations will be made within 12 weeks and 90% will be made available to the applicant upon signing the contract. A holdback of 10% will be paid on receipt of a final report, due no later than March 15, 2020.
Publishers must submit the completed application form, including all required support materials, by the deadline to be considered for funding. Participation in the program is determined annually and is based on program criteria and the strength of the application. Publishers Assistance Program support is not automatic for all eligible applicants.
Successful applicants will be required to submit a comprehensive final report that outlines in detail how the funds were used. The final report will include the following:
All publications supported under the Publishers Assistance Program must identify the Government's logo and acknowledge the support of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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