Second-Wave Relief Fund

The Second-Wave Relief Fund is a special, short-term subsidy fund created in recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the literary industry, particularly on the financial means of some writers.

Applications to the Second-Wave Relief Fund are now open.


Subsidies provided through the Second-Wave Relief Fund are intended to assist Nova Scotia writers experiencing financial hardship in managing basic expenses so that they can continue to produce writing in the face of that hardship. Each subsidy takes the form of a one-time payment of $250 to a writer.

As of the fund’s launch, 20 subsidies of $250 are immediately available. Subsidies will be distributed until the fund has been completely disbursed or until the end of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021.

Administered by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS), the Second-Wave Relief Fund is supported by donations received from members of the writing community in Nova Scotia and beyond. These donations are matched by WFNS contributions. Established in 1976 with the motto “writers helping writers,” WFNS provides advice and assistance to writers at all stages of their careers. A writer is defined as someone who is committed to their writing, whose writing has been published in books or journals, or who earns a portion of income from writing-related activities.

Donations remain open: If you feel able at this time, please consider supporting the fund. Any gift of $10 or more will qualify you for a charitable tax receipt.

How to apply

To apply for a subsidy, you will be required to confirm your residency in Nova Scotia and to provide some detail about your writing practice. By applying, you are indicating to WFNS that you are in need of financial assistance. You do not need to be a member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia to be eligible.

Application requirements:

  • Your name, telephone number, email address, and mailing address
  • Confirmation of your status as a writer (a single paragraph providing publication details of at least one prior literary project or piece and outlining a writing project you are currently undertaking)
  • Declaration of your status in Canada (either as a Canadian citizen; a permanent resident of Canada; or the holder of a valid Canadian work permit for at least the past two years)

To assist us in processing applications as quickly as possible, please use the application form below.

Application method:

  • You may download the form, complete and sign it digitally, and email the PDF to
  • you may open and print the form, complete and sign it by hand, scan or photograph it, and email the image file to
  • You open and print the form, complete and sign it by hand, and mail the hardcopy to WFNS, 1113 Marginal Road Halifax, NS B3H 4P7.

Successful applicants will be notified by email beginning in March, 2021.

A note about taxation: T4A slips are issued only to individuals who are paid more than $500 in a given calendar year. In light of this, the WFNS will not be issuing a T4A slip to subsidy recipients unless those recipients also provide additional services to the WFNS in 2021 for a combined total of more than $500. The WFNS does not give tax advice to individuals. If you receive a subsidy and are unsure about whether to claim it as income on your tax return, please consult with your accountant.

For questions or further information about the Second-Wave Relief Fund, please contact us.

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