What if Grant Was One of Us? – An Intro to Grant Writing for Comedians – Mar 25 – 5pm

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In recent decades, while the comedy community has generally flourished in Canada, comedians have rarely been the recipients of significant government funding. Comedians were left to wonder–to misquote Joan Osborne–what if grants was one of us?

Thankfully, the landscape is beginning to change, in part thanks to advocacy from organizations like CANCOM, CASC, and TOSketchFest. Some grants allow comedy-forward projects to apply, and some comedians have even received funding to create new work. It remains an uphill battle, but it is time for the comedy community to level up its grant literacy now that these career-altering doors are cracking open.

Tom Hill is one half of Hip.Bang! and Artistic Director of Blind Tiger Comedy, two groups that have managed to receive funding for comedy-first projects. In this workshop, you will learn about the fundamentals of the grant opportunities in Canada, and some of the approaches and skills Tom uses in planning and writing grants. This workshop is suitable for comedians brand new to grant writing or mid-way through an application. The workshop will start with a presentation by Tom and then follow with a Q&A section for participants.


This panel will include a moderated Q&A in a Live Zoom webinar, with captions.
Program Length is approximately 60 minutes
This event is live and will not be recorded for on-demand viewing.
Cost: $25 + fees / Pre-Registration Is Required.

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Tom Hill

Tom Hill


Tom Hill is a comedian, actor and producer who lives and works on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in so-called Vancouver. As half of the duo Hip.Bang!, Tom has co-written, directed and produced all manner of comedy video, live and radio projects since 2008, some of which have done things like showcase at Just For Laughs, Comedy Central Los Angeles and most relevantly: TOSketchFest. Tom is also one half of Amy&Tom (FERIIR, Reunion Island, Big City Improv Festival) and a proud part of Treat Show Comedy.

When his producer hat is on, Tom is things like Artistic Director of Blind Tiger Comedy, a board member of the Foundation for Canadian Comedy (CANCOM), and a passionate advocate for comedians applying for and getting grants.