Grants in Aid


The Helen Creighton Folklore Society invites applications for Grants-in-Aid to scholars, researchers, museums, and archives for projects relating to folklore research, collection, and publication. Priority will be given to research that has relevance to the Atlantic Canada Region.

These grants are intended to provide encouragement, though not sole support, for research or publication projects. They can contribute to research equipment, field trip projects, editing and illustrating material about to be published. Funding cannot be used to cover salaries, stipends or honorariums for the research project. The Society operates on a small budget, and tries to assist as many individuals and institutions as the limited resources will allow. The grant is not intended to cover large equipment purchases. Priority will be given to innovative projects by students and/or independent researchers or institutions that may not have access to other sources of funding. Grants are normally up to $1000.00 (changed from $750) with the possibility of renewal in subsequent years.

Experienced researchers should submit a concise and brief description of the project and a detailed budget for their project, one supporting letter from a peer, and a brief resume. Student applicants are required to submit two letters from academic supervisors and a transcript together with a concise and brief description of the project and budget for their project. Archival and museum administrators should outline how their proposal relates to an on-going programme of collection, cataloguing or indexing of their materials.

Applications, bearing a postmark up to February 29, 2022, should be addressed to:
The Helen Creighton Folklore Society, Research Support Committee
c/o James H. Morrison, Chair
6289 Yale Street
Halifax, NS. B3L 1C9
Fax: (902) 420-5141

Announcements will be made by March 31, 2022.

Successful applicants must submit a report on their project by February 28, 2023. No new funding for a project will be considered until a report has been received by the committee of the previous application. (February 29, 2022 is the due-date for reports on 2021 grant awards)

Previous Awards


  • Shannon Bateman
    $750 Domestic Practices In Harvesting, Splitting Firewood, NFLD
  • Ting Ting Chen
    $750 Outpost Life And Tradition In Elliston, NFLD
  • Dale Jarvis
    $700 Heritage Places In Bay Roberts, NFLD
  • Dylan Jewers
    $750 Vinyl Recordings Of ”Big Turnips” Folk Music, NS
  • Patricia Kemp
    $750 Publication Of “Stories Our Houses Tell”, NS
  • Emma Lang
    $622 Oral History Legacy Of Nova Scotia Fishers Unions, NS
  • Akseli Virratvuori
    $600 On The Pre-Legalization Consumption Of Pot, NFLD
  • Sandi Stewart
    $709 Digitizing Marine Records In Shelburne County, NS
  • Elizabeth Macdonald
    $750 Roots Of The Highland Dance In Nova Scotia, NS


  • Nataliya Bezborodova
    $750 Presentation of research on oral history of an Eastern Orthodox community in Newfoundland
  • Deidre Gillard-Rowlings
    $750 Interviews of two traditional Newfoundland weavers
  • Meghann Jack
    $761 Architecture of Capitalism in Sydney, NS, 1890-1920
  • Queens County Museum
    $748 Documentation of traditions of witchcraft and supernatural belief in Eagle Head, Queens County
  • Alina Sergachov
    $750 Video documentation of 9/11 stories in Gander, NFLD
  • Sandi Stewart
    $750 Collection of data on boat builders in Shelburne, NS


  • Irene Baros-Johnson
    $250 Research for play on prominent African Nova Scotian minister Rev. Richard Preston
  • Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland
    $650 Research on Goats of New Pelican, Newfoundland
  • Sharna Brzycki
    $680 Public web series on craft, traditions and folk ways of tradition bearers in Newfoundland
  • Nataliya Bezborodova
    $750 Oral History of an Eastern Orthodox Christian Community in Newfoundland
  • Marissa Farahbod
    $750 Sharing Stories about life in Newfoundland by old and recent migrants to the province
  • Mummers Festival, NFLD
    $600 Video-recorded stories of contemporary Mummering
  • Gerald Pocius
    $600 Jewish Domestic Architecture in Sydney., NS
  • Julie Mainstone Savas
    $750 Completion of final phase of research on Carrie Grover’s music


  • Joe Ballard,Truro NS
    $750 Concealed Charms in Nova Scotia Homes
  • Bill Bussey, Sydney and Louisburg Railway Historical Society, NS
    $750 OH tapes to digital made public.
  • Aimee Chaulk, Them Days Magazine, Labrador
    $400 Photo ID project using Oral History
  • Mummers Festival, NFLD
    $300 Video recorded interviews of tradition bearers regarding “The Wren Song”
  • Richard Rudnicki, Halifax
    $300 Research materials for illustrated book on Children in Nova Scotia History
  • Gisele Theriault, NS
    $300 Researching distinctive Acadian French in Clare, NS
  • Thea Wilson-Hammond, Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society & Eastern Shore Players, NS
    $750 A Ghostly Encounter, “Promenade” of Helen Creighton stories on Eastern Shore NS


  • Terra Barrett, St. John’s NFLD
    $750 Petty Harbour Oral History Booklet
  • Ryan Davis, Mummers Festival Coordinator
    $500 Mummers Festival Video, NFLD
  • Kate Dunlay, Halifax
    $400 Music Manuscripts of fiddler James Burns Barry, Pictou County NS
  • Meghann Jack, Memorial University of Newfoundland
    $715 Landscape and Material Life in St. Mary’s, Nova Scotia
    Architectural drawings
  • Joyce Rankin, Sydney, Cape Breton NS
    $725 Kildonan Lives – writing project
  • Jacqueline Ryan, Cupids NFLD
    $750 Weather Lore in Conception Bay North
  • Second Sight Collective: Courtney Harris & Johnny Cann, Halifax
    $750 Bluenose Ghosts Puppetry


  • Shelagh Allen, Lunenburg
    $900 toward an exhibit, Creating Cultural Connections: Cuba,Canada and Cod-Phase II.
  • Cindy Campbell-Stone, Dartmouth
    $825 for costuming for a one-woman show based on life of Catherine Gallagher (an informant of Helen Creighton).
  • Glenn Walton
    $500 for creation of a web-site about the musical “If I Were a Blackbird” (based on the life of Helen Creighton).
  • Jennifer Williams, Labrador
    $750 to photograph Nalujuk Night in Nain, Labrador.


  • Shelagh Allen, Lunenburg
    $790 toward a photographic exhibit of connections between Nova Scotia and Cuba created by the salt cod fishery.
    Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic newsletter article
  • Cindy Campbell-Stone, Dartmouth
    $750, Research on Catherine Gallagher, tradition bearer who worked with Helen Creighton.
  • Shamus MacDonald, Memorial University
    $750, Digitization of reel to reel piano recordings made by Alexander MacLean, Cape Breton.
  • Julie Mainstone, Washington State
    $750, Research for re-publication of Carrie Grover’s A Heritage of Songs, traditional songs of NS and Maine.
    Black River-born woman preserved history through music
  • Mike Parker, Dartmouth
    $500, Preservation of glass and celluloid negatives of life in Bear River, NS 1900-1940’s.
    “Bear River c.1920-1950 as remembered through the camera lens of Ralph Harris”
  • Joan Sullivan, Mike Heffernan
    $300, Oral History research and eventual script development on ‘The Barbershops of St. John’s”



  • Creighton Barrett
    $400.00, Provenance of ethnographic archival collections.
  • Kate Dunlay, Halifax, SMU and CBU
    $750.00, Annotation of the Havilah Jane Thorne Music collection.
    Havilah Jane Thorne’s Music Book (1839)
  • Dale Jarvis
    $750.00, Documenting root cellars and farming techniques.
  • Heather Read
    $750.00, Ceramics and craft in NFLD and Labrador.
  • Courtney Redden
    $750.00, History of Potlotek First Nation, Chapel Island


  • Giulia De Gasperi, Edinburgh
    $750.00 for research on the Italian community in Dominion, Cape Breton.
  • Mike Heffernan, St. John’s, NFLD
    $500.00 for oral history of taxi drivers in St. John’s.
    The Other Side of Midnight: Taxi Cab Stories — at Goodreads
    2013 Rogers Communication Award for Non-Fiction Atlantic Book Award Finalist
  • Courtney Kelsey, Halifax, NS
    $500.00 for a film of Devil’s Island.
  • Jodi McDavid, Memorial University of Newfoundland
    $850.00 to research the Louise Manny collection in Saint John.
  • Robin Messenger, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Corner Brook, NFLD
    $500.00 to collect traditional ecological knowledge on Cape Sable Island.
  • Mike Parker, Dartmouth, NS
    $750.00 to assist with Ghost Islands of the Atlantic book.
    Ghost Islands of Nova Scotia


  • Catherine Arseneau, Cape Breton University
    $800.00 to index and digitize Rita Joe’s work.
  • Giulia De Gasperi, Edinburgh
    $750.00 for history of the Italian Hall, Dominion, Cape Breton.
    La Bella Marca on Cape Breton Island
  • Robert Richard, Université de Moncton
    $750.00 to video traditional square dances in Acadian communities in New Brunswick.
  • Barry Shears, Dartmouth NS
    $750.00 to interview British “Home Children” in Cape Breton.


  • Creighton Barrett, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
    $700.00 for researching locations of Helen Creighton collections in Canada and the USA.
    From Acetate Disc to Digital Audio: Tracing the Copies of Helen Creighton’s Sound Recordings
  • Karlie King, Memorial University of Newfoundland
    $700.00 for research on Labrador Innu response to Ecological crisis.
  • Sheldon Posen, Canadian Society for Traditional Music
    $500.00 in support for an Ancestry in Song concert.
  • Richard Rudnicki, Halifax, NS
    $550.00 to research and illustrate a children’s book.
    A Christmas Dollhouse — illustrations
  • Darlene Strong, Amherst, NS
    $550.00 for an interpretive display on Blacks in Cumberland County.
    The Life and Times of Sand Hill


  • Georges Arsenault, Charlottetown, PEI
    $500.00 in support for publication of “La Mi-Carême en Acadie”
    La Mi-Carême en Acadie — review of French edition
    2008 Prince Edward Island Book Award
    Acadian Mi-Careme: Masks and Merrymaking — review of English edition
  • Ronald LaBelle, Université de Moncton
    $750.00 in support for CD/Booklet on Acadian Folk Songs from Pubnico and Cheticamp.
  • Richard Spicer, Amherst, NS
    $750.00 for collecting folklore of historic Minudie.
  • Darlene Strong, Amherst, NS
    $750.00 for a research publication on Sand Hill, Cumberland County.
    Sand Hill: Cumberland County’s Historical Black Community


  • Tiber Falzett, Saint Francis Xavier University, NS
    $750.00 to collect Gaelic traditions in the Outer Hebrides.
    Brìgh Chiùil: Aspects of the Vernacular Piping Traditions of Cape Breton and South Uist
  • Ronnie-Gilles LeBlanc, Université de Moncton
    $750.00 for accession of Charlotte Cormier records.
  • Cindy Campbell, Dartmouth, NS
    $1,100.00 Youth in Storytelling Project
  • Terry Eyland, Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum
    $750.00 for DVD for schools on Farm Museum.



  • Alison Dyer, St. John’s, NFLD
    $750.00 for oral history of root cellaring in Trinity Bay, Nfld.
  • Joleen Gordon, Nova Scotia Museum.
    $750.00 for oral interviews, collecting original German.
  • Kristin Harris, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
    $425.00 for research on vernacular dance in St. John’s.
  • Stacey MacLean, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
    $750.00 to research milling frolic performances in Nova Scotia.
  • Anita Price, Dartmouth Heritage Museum, NS.
    $750.00 towards an exhibit on Helen Creighton collecting in the Acadian community.
  • Rosalee Peppard, Prospect. NS.
    $750.00 to collect Maritime Folklore with a focus on the female perspective.
  • David Stone, Halifax, NS.
    $325.00 for collecting songs/stories about the Bluenose.


  • Jan Andrews, Story Tellers of Canada, Lanark, ON.
    $750.00 for story-save project interviews with Jim St. Clair.
  • Clary Croft, Halifax, NS.
    $750.00 for exploring witch lore in Nova Scotia.
  • Joleen Gordon, Nova Scotia Museum, Halifax.
    $550.00 to prepare manuscript on Acadian Root Baskets.
    Acadian Root Baskets of Atlantic Canada
  • J. Moreira and D. Sanger, University of Maine.
    $750.00 for interviews with Nova Scotia sword fishermen.
  • Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, Halifax.
    $735.00 to develop Helen Creighton photo negatives.
  • Anita Price, Dartmouth Heritage Museum, NS.
    $750.00 toward an exhibit for the 75th anniversary of “Farewell to Nova Scotia.”