2019 Grants & Scholarship Application

2019 Grants & Scholarships Application

***Deadline April 30th, 2019***

The mission of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR) is to encourage writers at all levels of their development by offering opportunities for support, education and networking and promoting the value of writers and writing.

As part of this mandate, in 2019, the WCDR will continue a Grant and Scholarship program, for its members, partially funded in past years through donations by the Mark Cullen family, contributing members of the WCDR and the Pay It Forward program.

This program has two goals:

  1. to allow writers to further the development of their craft by assisting in the payment of costs related to the advancement of their education, fulfillment of publishing aims or other appropriate writing related activities.
  2. to support writers who might not otherwise have the financial resources to pursue these endeavours.

Grant/Scholarship Application criteria

  • Each applicant must be a member of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region.
  • Grants will be awarded from $100.00 to $500.00 (Up to approximately $3,000.00 will be dispersed to selected applicants who successfully complete the application process.)

Deadline and Application Policies

  • We will not accept applications that have been faxed or surface mailed.
  • Check to ensure your application is complete, accurate, legible, and submitted correctly. Making sure your submission meets these requirements is your responsibility – we will not contact you if they are not met.
  • We will notify you when we have received your application package.
  • Applications are not read until after all applications are received on the deadline date.
  • The two part application (sample + interview questions) must be submitted at one time, via the online Grant and Scholarship Application form on this page, located below. Deadline for this submission is 23:59 p.m., April 30th, 2019.
  • Incomplete and late applications are ineligible.
  • Recipients of a WCDR grant or scholarship retain all rights to their application and submission, but agree to allow a photo, excerpt of their application, and/or excerpt of the letter of appreciation, to be posted via social media for the purpose of WCDR promotion/education and/or for the promotion of our sponsors.

What must you submit to the WCDR?

  • A completed Grant and Scholarship Application (found at the bottom of this page)
  • A 5 page, prompt based sample of writing, formatted, polished, proofread, and uploaded into the Support Material section of the application submission form at the top of this page. Note: the sample must be based on the picture prompt provided.

Who makes the decisions about the grants?

  • The WCDR screening committee will be moderated by WCDR Treasurer, Dawn Riddoch and composed of four WCDR Board members and four WCDR writing professionals.

The WCDR screening committee will be comprised of members who:

  • have strong knowledge and experience of writing, publishing and related issues;
  • have knowledge of the various kinds of educational experiences for writers that exist;
  • will provide fair and objective opinions and
  • are able to articulate their opinions and to work in a group decision-making environment.

What are the decisions based on?

The decisions will be based on how well applicants:

  • articulate their writing goals
  • demonstrate a commitment to their craft
  • show promise in the execution of their craft through their submitted writing sample
  • show thoughtfulness in their applicant plan and careful crafting of their submission

How does the screening process work?

Each application will be received by administration and divided into two categories. One will contain the completed on-line Grant Application sheet detailing each member’s personal needs, plans and goals. The second will contain the writing sample, separated from the personal information of the application sheet and given a reference number for anonymity. Both the Grant Application sheets and the ‘blind’ samples will be sent to each of the nine members of the screening committee along with criteria checklists for judging.

Once all applications have been scored, the screening committee will submit their checklists and the administration will tally the results and determine which applications received the highest scores.

When do you find out whether you will receive a grant?

You will be notified of results in writing by the June 2019 Monthly Network Meeting.

How often can you apply?

  • You may apply for only one grant per deadline.
  • You may receive only one grant for a particular educational project.
  • You may receive only one WCDR grant or scholarship in a 24-month period. Note: Members may only be awarded a WCDR Grant or Scholarship twice in a lifetime.

Are there any conditions if you are awarded a grant or scholarship?

Upon completion of the educational opportunity that you attend as a result of receiving a grant or scholarship, we ask that you write a brief letter to the WCDR detailing the benefits that you received. If your writing is published or you receive an award or other form of acknowledgement that can be attributed back to the development of your writing arising from the educational opportunity, we would be thrilled to hear about that as well.

Please note: these letters of appreciation must be submitted no later than December 31st. If your goal on which to spend the money is dated after December 31st, please inform us and we’ll make other arrangements. The WCDR wants to ensure our sponsors receive their due thanks, for it is only through their generous support that the WCDR grants and scholarships are possible.


Application Format

Grant Application Sheets must be completed via the application submission form at the bottom of this page. The submission is a two part process. The 5 page prompt-based, blind sample is entered at the top of the page and then your personal information is entered into the application below. (Note: Members with unique needs may be considered for email applications on an individual basis. Contact: scholarship@wcdr.org.)

All 5 page samples must be uploaded via the application submission form in a standard industry format: .doc or .docx, 8.5″ x 11″ pages, 1 inch margins all around, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font.

Any sample which does not arrive in the correct format will be rejected.

Before you send it, please read over your submission and ensure you have completed it carefully and in its entirety. Things that may get you eliminated from the process are:

  • Vague answers – not conveying a clear goal or how grant money will further those goals
  • Grammatical and/or spelling errors
  • Your sample not being based on the prompt provided
  • Not conveying your commitment to your craft or your goals

** IMPORTANT ** Take time prior to submitting to craft your application answers and polish your 5 page sample. Many applicants are dropped from the process due to poor articulation of goals and plans for money allotted

This is a two step process:Image 3

1. Submit Writing Sample

2. Complete Application Form


Step #1 – Submit Writing Sample

Support Material:

Please submit a five page writing sample based on the prompt. Your submission can be poetry or prose and can interpret the prompt in any way which inspires you. Please ensure your submission is an example of your best work and that it is properly proof-read, edited and polished.


Name (required)

Email (required)

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Step #2 – complete Application Form

Please note that all questions with ** beside them must be answered.


Personal Information:

Name: **

Address: **

Email: **

Phone: **

Are you a WCDR member? **

Have you been awarded previous WCDR Grants or Scholarships? **

Year received:


Publishing History:

List up to 5 of your most important published works. If you are not published, but have had your writing produced in other media (i.e. plays, songs, the internet) list those.











Writing Goal:

Using the example below as a guide, indicate specifically what your intentions are if awarded a grant/scholarship. If you are deciding between two things or have a backup goal list both.


Goal Event Date Cost
Retreat Writer's Conference April 5 - 7 $745
MS evaluation Professional's name April 5 - 7 $1,200


Choose your goals: Conference, Course, Editing, Research, Retreat, Workshop, Mentoring


Goal #1









Goal #2









Specify how these goals will further your writing career. (maximum 200 words)


What steps have you taken so far to develop your skills as a writer? (maximum 200 words)


What are your future writing goals? (maximum 200 words)


How would being awarded a scholarship support you in advancing and achieving those goals? Be specific. (maximum 200 words)


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