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  KOBZAR™ The Kobzar Literary Award - Shevchenko Foundation

Honorary Patrons

The Right Honourable
Adrienne Clarkson
The Honourable Senator
Raynell Andreychuk
Joy Kogawa
Nino Ricci

Advisors during Phase One:

Nik Burton
Coteau Books

Kitty Lewis
Brick Books

Jack Rabinovitch
Scotia Giller Prize

Antanas Sileika
Humber College School for Writers

Geoffrey Taylor
Harbourfront International Authors Festival

Nora Taylor
Charles Taylor Prize for Non Fiction
    The Foundation

Shevchenko FoundationBackgrounder
The Ukrainian-Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko was established in 1961 when the Ukrainian-Canadian community raised funds to celebrate the work of Taras Shevchenko, Ukraine’s great poet (1814-1861), with a monument erected on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature.

In July 1962, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (then the Ukrainian Canadian Committee) resolved to set aside a $30,000 surplus from the Shevchenko monument project into a capital fund that became known as the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko. The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko became incorporated by an Act of Parliament on July 22nd, 1963.

In 1964, the Shevchenko Foundation began distributing project grants awarding $400. In 1973, on its 10th anniversary, total donations to the Foundation surpassed $500,000.

Today the Shevchenko Foundation awards nearly $300,000 annually. To date the Foundation has distributed over $8.5 million in grants to organizations and individuals who support cultural development among Ukrainian-Canadians.

In 2003, the Foundation launched a biennial $25,000 Kobzar Literary Award whose purpose is to encourage Canadian writers to explore Ukrainian Canadian themes and to contribute to developing the literary arts in Canada.

From its small beginnings the Foundation has invested over $8.5 million in capital, contributed to hundreds of projects by organizations and individuals, and become a well known part of the Canadian landscape.

In 2008, the Government of Canada granted 10 million to the Shevchenko Foundation to establish the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund. Interest earned supports projects that commemorate and recognize the experience of all the ethno-cultural communities affected by Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914 -1920.

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    Key Dates
January 31, 2019
Deadline for submissions for awarding in March 2020

What's New
The 7th Kobzar Literary Award Gala is SOLD OUT!
March 1, 2018 Gala at the
Palais Royale in Toronto

2017 Humber Writer's
Scholarship Recipients

Kobzar Writers' Scholarships awarded at Humber College

Ann Cavlovic with
David Bezmozgis

Photo Credit: Marc Lappano

Lesia Chytra with
Dr. Christine Turkewych

Photo Credit: Marc Lappano

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