The Right Honourable
The Honourable Senator
Advisors during Phase One:
Scotia Giller Prize
Humber College School for Writers
Harbourfront International Authors Festival
Charles Taylor Prize for Non Fiction
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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March 15, 2013 for
2014 award presentation
Marsha Skrypuch wins Sliver Birch Award
Making Bombs For Hitler, the story of a young Ostarbeiter in WWII, has won the
Silver Birch Award for Fiction in Ontario! The Silver Birch is part of the Ontario Library Association's highly successful Forest of Reading program, which has 250,000 child participants, and it is they who do the actual voting. Books are selected for literary merit and kid appeal, and kids become eligible to vote by reading at least 5 of the 10 nominated titles in their category.
For more information,
Click here to view the
previous winners of
The Kobzar Literary Award.