Seeds of Stories

Are you at an Edmonton school that would like to host an author, illustrator or storyteller visit but doesn’t have room in the budget?

The Seeds of Stories (SOS) Bursary program aims to provide author, illustrator or storyteller visits to high-needs Edmonton schools at no cost to the school. Schools may apply for one of thirty $500 bursaries to go towards a visit from a literary artist via our Taleblazers or Year-Round Bookings programs.

The application process is easy! Just email us with your contact information and answer to the question shown below:

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What challenges does your school face in fostering literacy among your students?

  1. The deadline to apply is 4:30pm on Friday, November 6, 2020
  2. Send applications by email to
  3. All K-12 schools (public, separate, charter, etc.) located within Edmonton city limits are eligible to apply.
  4. Schools are eligible to be awarded one bursary.
  5. Applicants acknowledge that the selected schools will be contacted by telephone or email and announced on the YABS website, Facebook page, and Twitter account.
  6. Successful applicants will be notified within 2 weeks of the application deadline.
  7. Successful schools will receive a YABS membership for the school year in which they host their artist and $500 (plus GST) credit towards the cost of hosting a YABS literary artist for virtual sessions to take place by June 30, 2021.
  8. Schools will select their preferred visiting artist from the YABS member roster and will work with YABS to schedule the visit during the 2020-2021 school year.
  9. Artist visit bookings must follow the policies and procedures for YABS bookings.
  10. SOS Bursaries may not be combined with any other artist fee subsidy administered by YABS.
  11. Bursaries must be accepted as awarded and may not be redeemed for cash value.
  12. The decision of the judges is final.
  13. Schools will be responsible for any costs above the membership and $500 plus GST credit such as higher artist fees.
This initiative has been made possible with funding assistance from the Edmonton Arts Council’s Connections and Exchanges Initiatives Grant.

The program supports artistic experiments, organizational development, strategic planning and other activities that connect to the Aims, Ambitions, and Actions outlined in Connections & Exchanges: A 10-Year Plan to Transform Arts and Heritage in Edmonton.

Seeds of Stories Bursary Application Form

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