Alberta Media Fund: Book Publishers Operating Grant

By mmuise

The Book Publishers Operating Grant provides funding to help cover operating and specific business development related expenses related to the production of books.

Comments on Funding:

Funding takes the form of grants. Eligible organizations may receive no less than a minimum of $5,000 or more than a maximum of $125,000.
Applicants may utilize up to 20% of their approved grant for business development activities. This includes initiatives that increase revenues, contribute to growth in terms of business expansion, and increase profitability by building strategic partnerships and making strategic business decisions.

Deadline: April 1 - June 1 (annually)

Eligible organizations must:

  • be primarily involved in the production of books or ebooks, or both;
  • be registered and in good standing in accordance with the appropriate provincial legislation;
  • have been in operation in Alberta for at least 12 months prior to application;
  • be at least 51% majority owned by an Albertan or Albertans, and the effective managerial and editorial control must reside with the persons who are residents of Alberta;
  • publish books by individuals other than the organization’s principals, board members or stakeholders;
  • not publish more than 25% of titles by principals or owners of the company, nor accept author payments for services as a regular part of their publishing program;
  • be primarily engaged with and generate at least 51% of operating revenues from the creative products mentioned above;
  • be physically located in Alberta;
  • demonstrate editorial independence, based on their publishing program;
  • For publishers who are part of an associated group, companies must be able to prove a reasonable and clear distinction between their publishing programs and their corporate structures;
  • have published in the last full calendar year at least 2 trade or educational books;
  • have at least $15,000 in eligible book sales in the company’s fiscal year prior to applying and no more than $2,000,000 in annual sales averaged over the 3 fiscal years prior to applying;

  • Organizations associated with a post-secondary institution, such as University Presses must be recognized as a separate department or entity within their institution:
    a) Post-secondary institutions are not considered eligible.

    In order to be considered eligible, a book must:
  • be at least 48 pages in length for a printed book, except for children's books, which can be less than 48 pages,
    - or if a digital version of a book, including an audio version, it must be equivalent to the above requirements for a printed book and be available for sale through the internet or by any other non-physical transmission.
  • be a new title: a new title is a book, either print or digital, with more than 50% original content,
    - or be a new edition: a new edition is the publication, in modified form, of a book previously published by the same or a different publisher. A new edition must have substantial changes to at least 25% of the original content or at least 25% new written content; or substantial changes to the illustrations (excluding the cover).
  • Books that are published in multiple formats only count as one title.
Application Steps:


Documentation Needed:


Other Things to Note:

The intake period is open from April 1 to June 1 annually.

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