Entrepreneurs looking for grant moneys to assist with any type of for-profit business venture will find that they are few and far between. Grants for magazine publishing endeavors are no exception. However, the subject matter of the magazine you publish can be a bridge to a greater chance of support from interested organizations.
Idea Cafe's Small Business Grants
Idea Cafe is an online organization that was formed in 1995 by seasoned entrepreneurs to provide others like themselves with the information and resources needed for success. Idea Cafe, as of mid-2010, has offered 10 small business competitive grants of $1,000.00 each, to small businesses. These grants have been awarded based on criteria such as: innovation and originality, entrepreneurial spirit and creative spirit.
The National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is a U.S. government program that issues grants and funding to a variety of projects each year to support the literary and performing arts. According to their website, one of the ways that the Arts Endowment strives to support and further the American literary tradition is by "Ensuring that literary presses and magazines, community-based organizations, and national literary centers complement the trade publishing sector in the shaping of contemporary American letters." So if you wish to publish a literary magazine, you should consider this avenue.
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
The NHPRC grants program was established by the U.S. congress in 1934. Each year the program funds up to $10 million in grants to worthy recipients. The NHPRC website specifies that some of these grants are provided "for projects to edit and publish historical records of national importance." For instance, one of the main stated goals of the NHPRC for these grants is to make accessible to the citizenry, American documents of historical significance, such as those that document the formative period of the nation, as well as a variety of other topics.
Canada Periodical Fund
For Canadians, there is the Canada Periodical Fund, which provides a wide range of funding and support for printed, as well as online magazines. One example is their program to aid business innovation. This program offers financial and other support to small- and medium-sized magazines to actively encourage industry innovations and diversity of content in the Canadian market.
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