The Woodcock Fund
George Woodcock (cr. Queen's University Archives)
The Woodcock Fund provides emergency funding to professional Canadian writers in mid-project who are facing an unforeseen financial need that threatens the completion of their book, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency. (The program does not consider requests for chronic situations or project funding; nor can it consider situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment.)
Applications to the Fund are processed in confidence by a committee of writers. Successful applicants quickly receive financial support. Full review generally takes three weeks from the time an application is complete. When a situation warrants it, reviews can be completed sooner.
Realities of the Writing Life
Despite his successful writing career, George Woodcock was well aware of the difficulties faced by those who have chosen to devote their lives to literature. Not only is writing a solitary profession with no health benefits or pension plans, not only is little or no income generated during the long pre-publication period when a book is being born, there is no guarantee that even when a book is published it will generate enough income to provide a decent standard of living. A number of factors contribute to a book’s financial success (quality being only one of them) and almost all of these factors are impossible to control.
What We Have Been Able to Accomplish
Established in 1989 by George and his wife Ingeborg, the program has to date distributed $1,003, 923 in financial support to 200 Canadian writers, a number of them prominent and established in their respective fields.
For more information about the Woodcock Fund please contact:
James Davies, Program Director
416.504.8222 x 245