Seeds of Stories

Are you at an Alberta 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 assist high-needs Alberta schools with their literacy programming through bursaries of up to $500 towards a visit from a YABS literary artist this school year. Thanks to support from the Edmonton Arts Council’s Connections and Exchanges Initiative grant, Edmonton schools may apply for one of thirty $500 bursaries. Schools in other Alberta communities may apply for one of fifteen $500 bursaries due to the reallocation of this year’s Taleblazers travel budget.

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?

Note that this is juried so your answer is important to us! When in doubt, think about what you would accept from a student on a short paragraph answer.

  1. We will continue accepting applications on an ongoing basis until June 30, 2021 or until all spots have been filled.
  2. Once spots have all been committed, we can continue to accept applications to be waitlisted in the event recipients have to withdraw.
  3. Send applications by email to or through the webform.
  4. All K-12 schools (public, separate, charter, etc.) in Alberta are eligible to apply. Only schools within Edmonton city limits are eligible to receive Edmonton Arts Council-funded visits.
  5. Schools are eligible to be awarded one bursary.
  6. Applicants acknowledge that the selected schools will be contacted by telephone or email and announced on the YABS website, Facebook page, and Twitter account.
  7. Successful applicants will be notified within 2 weeks of the application deadline.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Artist visit bookings must follow the policies and procedures for YABS bookings.
  11. SOS Bursaries may not be combined with any other artist fee subsidy administered by YABS.
  12. Bursaries must be accepted as awarded and may not be redeemed for cash value.
  13. The decision of the judges is final.
  14. 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 for Edmonton schools 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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