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Canadian Heritage’s Canada Periodical Fund – Business Innovation Component has some big moolah for people wanting to start online magazines, news sites, e-zines and periodicals!

Trying to get an online zine going? The start-up pilot project is offering $5000 in funding to help emerging, aspiring publishers and other creators to get something like this going. It’s project based, and your total budget should include at least half of the costs, but still, it could be a really good deal for folks to get their next media project rolling. According to the gov, eligible applicants must:

  • be a developing business that has not yet established commercial operations or a business that is in the earliest phase of established operations; and
  • meet all other Business Innovation eligibility criteria for publishers and digital periodicals (some exceptions apply).

Of course, grant language and protocols can be totally confusing and strange, and the current application guidelines don’t make it easier to apply for this specific initiative. If you haven’t done one of these before, it’s important to know that you can talk directly to the funder to make sure you’re eligible for the funding and doing stuff right!

To obtain a copy of the application form, or just to ask some questions, you can email them at

You can also check out one of our most beloved Broken Pencil articles about how to get an artist grant in Canada, though some things may have changed — look for an updated version coming soon!

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