I just got word that my residency fellowship in Taos, via the Wurlitzer Foundation, is set! I’ll be spending next summer there in a small adobe cottage writing full time. This opportunity-like many others that have made a big difference-came my way via your FundsforWriters newsletter, and I can’t thank you enough. ~Caroline Sposto
Hi Hope, I am sitting in a ferry terminal, waiting for the next boat to take me to the Turkeyland Cove Foundation Writer’s Retreat on Martha’s Vineyard Island. Am I excited? You bet I am! Why? Because this is the first time in my life that I have been offered the gift of time and space for an entire two weeks to focus on what I love to do most: WRITE! I was accepted months ago and “anticipation” has been my middle name. Thank you for your dedication to sharing the roller-coaster ride of writing. You are a gifted teacher and mentor.~With deep appreciation, Laura Lee Perkins www.LauraLeePerkinsAuthor.com
Grants are the free money everyone wants. Here you’ll find grants that cover a simple conference fee or a six-month retreat to write and get away from it all. Some pay for specifically designed projects and others exercise your ability to match writing with a social cause. No two are alike, so keep coming back to see what might suit your fancy.
These grants are legitimate. But like any market or contest, read the guidelines to make sure you fit the mold. While some of them are for big dreamers who face stiff competition, others provide new talent with opportunity. Find out why FundsforWriters is the specialist on grants available to freelance writers.
NATIONAL STORYTELLING BRIMSTONE AWARD
Grants of $5,000 will be awarded in support of model storytelling projects that are service-oriented, based in a community or organization, and replicable, to some extent, in other places and situations. Projects should have impact beyond their own communities, organizations, or clients; inspire excellence in applied storytelling work; and communicate to new audiences the humanitarian possibilities of storytelling. Deadline April 30, 2015.
SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA ARTS COUNCIL GRANTS
In this round of grantmaking, the council will be awarding grants in the categories of Artists in Education, Individual Artists, and general operating support. Qualified projects in all categories must have a focus on the fine arts (i.e., the development, education, performance, and/or showcasing of the arts) and must include an accessible public capstone event to benefit the citizens of southeastern Minnesota. Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to support artist residencies in schools. Deadline July 1, 2015.
P73 PLAYWRITING FELLOWSHIP
Year-long support program for early-career playwrights. Page 73 serves as producer and advocate, providing support for career development, $10,000 toward the development of one or more new theatrical projects, and a cash stipend of $10,000. Candidates must be U.S. residents living in the U.S. at the time of the fellowship who have committed to playwriting as a professional goal. Applicants must have completed at least 2 full-length plays or at least three one-act plays and have a new play in the very early stages of development, or an idea for a new play that would benefit from the resources provided by the fellowship. Deadline April 15, 2015.
During the four-month program, the writers in this fellowship will benefit from career mentorship and editorial guidance while also receiving financial support. During their time in fellowship, writers will be expected to pitch, report, and write with the added benefit of writing workshops, panel discussions with editors and writers from throughout the industry, and assigned readings. Mentorship within the program will focus on teaching writers how to thrive as freelancers as well as on staff at media organizations. The writers selected for the fellowship will work with BuzzFeed News’ senior editorial staff and be based in New York. Fellows will receive a stipend of $12,000. Deadline October 1, 2015.
WRITERS ON THE VERGE – NBC UNIVERSAL
Writers on the Verge is a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. We are looking for writers who are “almost there” but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply. Submission window is May 1 through May 31, 2015.
CBS WRITERS MENTOR PROGRAM
The focus of this six-month program is on opening doors: providing opportunities to build relationships with network executives and show runners; to support new and emerging writers in their efforts to improve their craft; and to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to break in and succeed. The Writers Mentoring Program is not employment and there is no monetary compensation. It is, instead, a structured program of career development, support, and personal access to executives and the decision-making processes, with the goal of preparing aspiring writers for later employment opportunities in television. Deadline May 1, 2015.
JAMES MERRILL HOUSE WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE
ArtUps are free professional development events presented by the Iowa Arts Council for Iowa’s artists, arts organizations and communities. ArtUps provide online and in-person learning and networking opportunities to enhance the quality and capacity of the arts field in Iowa.
Fractured Atlas wants to help you raise money for your artistic work. As the country’s largest arts fiscal sponsor, we provide accessibility, efficiency and affordability. We work with thousands of artists and arts organizations to provide education and support for raising funds. We want artists to spend time making art, not filing paperwork. With fiscal sponsorship, you can solicit tax-deductible donations and apply for grants without going through the onerous process of launching a 501(c)(3).
KENYON PLAYWRITING CONFERENCE RESIDENCIES
Location Kenyon, OH. Immerse yourself in the craft of playwriting surrounded by some of the most exciting early-stage play development in the U.S. and U.K. You will write every day, hear your work read in the evenings, and interact with the creative teams from powerhouse companies and three commissioned playwrights in residence. Please submit a paragraph (no more than 250 words) about why you are applying to this workshop and what you hope to take away from it. Additionally, please submit a sample scene of no more than five pages.
Location Midlothian, Scotland. International one-month retreats for creative writers of all types from anywhere in the world to work without disturbance. Residency provides individual room/study in shared house and meals. Artist responsible for travel. Applicants must be published writers. Deadline Ongoing.
MEDIA ARTS GRANTS FOR NEW YORK STATE ARTISTS
Fiscal sponsorship as well as the New York Media Arts Map and the Media Arts Assistance Fund (MAAF), which support electronic media and film organizations, as well as individual artists, in all regions of New York State through a Regrant Partnership with NYSCA, Electronic Media and Film. Applicants must be New York State residents and must have all rights to distribute works.
Since 1989, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County has awarded more than 400 individual artist grants totaling more than $659,000. Now, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County is accepting applications from local artists for grants of up to $3,000 each from its 2015 Individual Artist Grant program. This grant program funds specific projects that will further the artist’s career. The application must be received by the Arts Council on or before 5 pm, Friday, January 20, 2015.
ARTS CENTER OF YATES COUNTY
This program is open to visual artists, creative writers, performance artists and interdisciplinary artists who can demonstrate professional standing in their field. This residency is an award supported by the Arts Center of Yates County offering a 10-day use of the Sunny Point facility located on Keuka Lake in upstate New York. This lakeside residence with separate studio space is available at no cost. Travel and meals not included. This opportunity includes the expectation that the artist will donate a piece of work representative of his/her style or their Sunny Point experience to the Arts Center and its members. Deadline usually in May.
BAU INSTITUTE FELLOWSHIP RESIDENCIES
BAU Institute is a non-profit 501(c)3 based in New York City. The mission of the BAU Institute is to support visual artists, creative and dramatic writers, composers, performance artists and other arts professionals in the creation and exhibition of new work. BAU Institute offers residencies in France and Italy to provide uninterrupted time and space for the development of new work in settings of cultural interest and extraordinary natural beauty. The BAU Institute arts residency originated in 2004 in Otranto, Italy, an ancient port city on the coast of Puglia and will again be in session June 2015. Online applications are accepted between November 17, 2014 and February 15, 2015 at 11:59PM EST online via submittable: https://bauinstitute.submittable.com/submit . There is a $40 application fee.
ANNENBERG COMMUNITY BEACH HOUSE ARTIST RESIDENCY
The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, seeks proposals from writers living in Los Angeles County for the Writer’s Residency Program at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Writer’s Residency Program offers writers a large, private office in the historic Marion Davies Guest House for six weeks to complete a work-in-progress. As an acknowledgement of the public benefit of the resident to the community, an honorarium of $1,500 is offered. The Residency is non-residential; no room/board is offered. The City will provide a lockable office with desk and chair, wireless internet access, refrigerator/microwave access, and a parking pass for the duration of the residency.
AZULE is an emerging art and community-based organization, offering a retreat and residency program for artists and craftsmen, writers, architects, builders and environmentalists, academics, educators, social workers or researchers, any innovative group or individual, or anyone who wishes to discover Appalachia and AZULE’s ways of life. AZULE is situated in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. Hot Springs is seven miles away; Asheville is 50 miles away.
Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to announce that they are now accepting applications for short-term artists’ residencies in creative writing, visual art, film/theater, music, and more. Each residency includes a room of one’s own, access to a communal kitchen, bathroom, office, and living space, plus wireless internet and cable. The length of a residency can run from one to week to two months. The SAFTA farmhouse is located on a working farm that rests on a 29-acre wooded plot in a Tennessee “holler” perfect for hiking, camping, and nature walks. Located less than a half hour from downtown Knoxville, an exciting and creative city of 200,000 in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, SAFTA is an ideal location for those looking for a rural get-away with access to urban amenities.
NEW HAMPSHIRE CRITIQUE PARTNER MATCH
NHWP matches writers seeking critique partners. You can apply to be paired with a fellow writer for peer editing, critique, and commentary. Once matched, we encourage you and your partner to meet regularly (a minimum of four times over the course of the four month cycle) in order to share and give comment on your current projects. That’s it! Participate to meet a fellow writer, engage creatively, and receive some useful feedback on your writing!
BRUSH CREEK RESIDENCIES
The Foundation for the Arts is located on the historic Brush Creek Ranch, a century old, 15,000-acre guest and working cattle ranch at the base of the Medicine Bow National Forest in Saratoga, Wyoming. The residency program is situated in the riparian corridor of Brush Creek, in between the Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountain ranges. Open to all artists over 18. There is a $30 application fee. Residents are responsible for transportation to Ranch or Laramie Regional Airport.
PLUM ALLEY – CROWDFUNDING
Crowdfunding platform focused specifically on supporting women entrepreneurs, women in the arts and media, and organizations that benefit women and girls.
PATREON – CROWDFUNDING
Founded in May 2013 and based in San Francisco, California, Patreon was created to enable fans to support and engage with the artists and creators they love. Empowering a new generation of creators, Patreon is bringing patronage back to the 21st century.
Hambidge provides a residency program that empowers talented artists to explore, develop, and express their creative voices. Situated on 600 acres in the mountains of north Georgia, Hambidge is a sanctuary of time and space that inspires artists working in a broad range of disciplines to create works of the highest caliber. Apply from December 1 through January 15 for the May through August residency period. Apply from March 1 through April 15 for the September through December residency period. Apply from August 1 through September 15 for the mid-February through April residency period. Hambidge is closed from mid-December to mid-February. All new applicants will automatically be considered for the NEA Fellowship which provides a $700 stipend and removes residency fees for two weeks. This is offered to the nine top scoring candidates. Many other Distinguished Fellowships are available.
PATREON – CROWDFUNDING
Founded in May 2013 and based in San Francisco, California, Patreon was created to enable fans to support and engage with the artists and creators they love. Empowering a new generation of creators, Patreon is bringing patronage back to the 21st century.
CROWDRISE – CROWDFUNDING
CrowdRise is the world’s largest community raising money for great causes. CrowdRise was named one of the “best online fundraising websites” by Mashable and Forbes. The CrowdRise community was named a “Top 25 Best Global Philanthropist” by Barron’s. Crowdrise is committed to innovation in online fundraising. You’ll raise more money for your cause, get your money right away, and keep whatever you raise since there are no goal requirements or campaign deadlines.
ROCKETHUB – CROWDFUNDING
We see ourselves as your partner. So, we’ve designed everything – our site, systems and support – to help you achieve your goals today. And, we are working with governments, educators, and communities to make sure your opportunities for success will expand tomorrow. Known for helping campaigners to find partners. Free to launch. No all-or-nothing system. Uses commercial names to help build platform.
Unbound is a new way to connect authors and readers. Authors present a pitch, readers pledge, and when the goal is reached the book is written. It’s really that simple. Unbound gets involve with publication and distribution of the book as well, giving you a one-stop shop. Unbound is both a funding platform and a publisher, fulfilling all the normal publishing functions but also splitting a book’s net profit 50/50 with the author. Note that Unbound is UK located.
A crowdfunding site. Authr.com provides a platform for test marketing a book concept before you write it, crowd funding to attract money to write the book, pre-selling books to boost overall sales volume, and host a sales referral page where an Author can continue to market and sell their book.
WritersFunding is a crowdfunding platform where people who want to raise money for their writing project can create fundraising campaigns to tell their story and get the word out. WritersFunding is also a Community where Publishing Industry Experts, Editors, Marketing Professionals, Publicist’s et al provide their unique insights to our WritersFunding Members. Writers from all over the world can use WritersFunding, both to raise money and to contribute to other people’s passions.
If you’re on a mission to self-publish your book in the most epic style possible, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re passionate about turning your ideas into a work of art, assembling a professional publishing team, and delivering massive value to your readers, Publishizer is for you.
With our specialized focus on the literary world, Pubslush is able to cater our services to authors, publishing professionals and literary trendsetters. Our personalized customer service helps to ensure the success of Pubslush projects and offers valuable tools and services to help our campaigners succeed on Pubslush and beyond. Our Community Pages offer publishers and industry professionals the opportunity to harness the power of crowdfunding by creating their own customized pages. Through these pages publishers can raise funds, collect pre-orders and conduct comprehensive pre-publication marketing campaigns. Industry professionals can offer a branded crowdfunding solution to the writers they work closely with while building their own audience and community.
COLLEEN LEWIS OPEN ARCHIVE RESIDENCY – BARBADOS
The Fresh Milk Art Platform, Barbados is pleased to announce an open call for the Colleen Lewis Open Archive Residency between September and November 2014. Applications from artists worldwide are welcomed. This residency aims to support visual artists, writers and creatives by offering a peaceful working space for a minimum of 4 weeks, and the opportunity to interface with the Colleen Lewis Reading Room (CLRR) as an archive with which to engage, respond and activate.
SLEEPING BEAR DUNES ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
The Artist-In-Residence program is open to professional American writers, composers and visual artists, including photographers, whose work can be influenced and enhanced by this superb Michigan scene. It provides resident artists the opportunity to capture the moods of Sleeping Bear Dunes in their particular medium. The program provides rent-free use of either a park house located in the vicinity of the village of Empire (no pets), or a campsite in one of the developed mainland campgrounds.
AGATE FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL PARK RESIDENCY
Artists of all mediums (visual, musical, theatrical, literary) are invited to apply to stay from two to four weeks in furnished park housing (either a modern 3 bedroom, shared house, or a more remote 1950s ranchstead). Artists provide their own materials and expenses and produce, at least, one product (along with its copyright) to be donated to the park for any and all future uses. Artists will also actively engage the public in some manner (occasional demonstrations, talks, school programs, or exhibits) during and possibly after their visit. Location Nebraska.
BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE RESIDENCIES
The Artist-In-Residence Program at Big Cypress National Preserve offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the preserve’s inspiring landscape. Selected artists stay in a dormitory setting, with each person having their own room, and sharing living room / dining room / kitchen and bathroom space. We do not accept pets in housing, nor do we allow for spouses within the housing area. Big Cypress primarily looks for short-term (less than one month) and long-term (one to three months) residents during our wet (May through October) and dry (November through April) seasons. In August of each year a board of people will review the applicants for the following year and select the participants for each opportunity. Location Florida.
CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK RESIDENCY
The program provides an opportunity for two eligible artists to spend up to two weeks of the fall, and another two artists for up to two weeks in the winter, at Crater Lake National Park to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the awe-inspiring landscape of the park. Artists are provided housing in the park to work on projects in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Writers, sculptors, photographers, painters, dancers, cinematographers, musicians, composers, and other visual and performing artists are invited to apply for this opportunity to draw upon the multifaceted qualities of the park for inspiration. Location Oregon.
Offers grants to individuals in the Performing and Visual Arts, Film/Video, Literature, and Emerging Fields. Creative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $40,000, for a total commitment of up to $90,000 per project.
HUB CITY WRITERS HOUSE RESIDENCIES
The Writers House provides two residencies per year in an historic cottage in downtown Spartanburg, S.C. The program is open to emerging writers in the United States who have completed a college degree in creative writing within the past five years or are pursuing a graduate degree in writing. Residents receive lodging, utilities, and a twice-monthly stipend; they are responsible for their own transportation and meals.
UNBOUND http://www.unbound.co.uk – The Unbound model is very straightforward: The author pitches an idea and if enough readers support it, the book goes ahead. Unbound is both a funding platform and a publisher, fulfilling all the normal publishing functions but also splitting a book’s net profit 50/50 with the author.
APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM – CALIFORNIA http://www.actaonline.org/category/general/actas-programs — The Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuation of the state’s traditional arts and cultures by contracting master artists to offer intensive, one-on-one training to qualified apprentices. Each $3,000 contract supports a period of concentrated learning for apprentices who have shown a commitment to and a talent for a specific artistic tradition.
NEBRASKA MINI GRANTS http://www.nebraskaartscouncil.org/grants/grant_categories.html/title/mini-grants- — Mini Grants are designed to provide quick access to funds supporting a variety of arts projects that use artists or arts activities as a key component. Examples of project types include exhibitions, performances, poetry readings, commissions and/or support of new work development, arts festivals, community murals, and cultural heritage projects. Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations incorporated in Nebraska that are federally tax-exempt, public agencies and subdivisions of governmental agencies. Organizations may submit up to two Mini Grant applications per fiscal year. Maximum request: $100 – $2,000. Deadline: At least six weeks and no more than twelve weeks prior to the project start date.
MISSOURI ARTS COUNCIL http://mac.culturegrants.org/navigation/links/page/about-mac — MAC funds art projects that are open and accessible to the public. MAC funds may be used for artist fees, travel, marketing, education, and more. Note that MAC only makes grants to nonprofit and educational institutions. However, you can contact such an organization and organize an event through them to fund your program. Programs include: • Performance of dance, music, and/or theater (single performance or series) • Educational programs • Artist residencies • Literary publications • Arts festival or arts component(s) at festival or county fair • Exhibitions • Film festival, film series, or production of film, video, or media arts project.
WICHITA ARTIST ACCESS GRANT – KANSAS http://wichitaarts.com/category/grants-and-assistance/grants-and-assistance-c-d/city-of-wichita-cultural-funding/ — The Artist Access Grants Program is designed to assist practicing, professional and emerging artists residing in Wichita, Kansas. The program provides support for artists to take advantage of specific and exceptional professional development, skill-building opportunities to advance their work and careers as working artists. Funds may be used for such endeavors as attending advanced workshops, conferences, master classes or seminars; participating in artist residencies; engaging in activities that are specifically capable of advancing or propelling a professional career; etc. This program is not intended to provide assistance in funding project-oriented applications, the costs of creating or producing art or an artwork, equipment purchases, touring engagements or academic or certification conferring endeavors. Grant awards range from $100 to $1,000, depending on need.
KANSAS CITY INSPIRATION GRANTS https://artskc.org/artsservices/forartists/inspirationgrants/ — Inspiration Grants from the ArtsKC Fund are an investment in human capital, providing direct support to individual artists and arts professionals for projects and activities that have the potential to advance their careers and build their capacity for future work.
HATCHFUND http://www.hatchfund.org/ — Everything you need to fund your next project is right here. This thriving creative community connects accomplished artists working in America with eager supporters, premier arts organizations, and art lovers. Hatchfund is powered by AIM a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Supporters give to us. We give to you. In short, that means every donation to support your work is tax-deductible.
ODYSSEYS COSTA RICA http://www.OdysseysCostaRica.org — ODYSSEYS Costa Rica is a Civic, Social and non-governmental organization (NGO) offering a one-of-a-kind, community-based artists’ residency. Because the time you dedicate to your art is precious, we offer unique home stay accommodations with local host families, meals included. Our artist-in-residence program is open to writers and artists in all disciplines, emerging or established, from anywhere in the world.
HEDGEBROOK RESIDENCY https://www.hedgebrook.org/programdetails.php?id=1 — Hedgebrook retreat for women writers is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48 acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts women writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer.
JENTEL RESIDENCY http://www.jentelarts.org/ — Jentel has two sessions and two deadlines. All application materials, including contact information, resume, work sample, and reference contacts must be completed online through Submittable by January 15 for the May 15 – December 13 residencies (notification by March 15) or September 15 for the January 15 – May 13 residencies (notification by November 15). Jentel Artist Residency Program lies in the Lower Piney Creek Valley with spectacular views over scoria topped hills to the majestic Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming.
SHAKE RAG ALLEY WRITING RESIDENCY – WISCONSIN http://www.shakeragalley.com/writers-residency — In the tradition established by Edenfred, the Terry Family Foundation’s artist residence in Madison, Wisconsin, contest-winning writers and poets are provided with a week of uninterrupted time to focus on a project of their choice. Between the months of November through April artists stay in Shake Rag’s inspiring lodging facilities in the nurturing environment of historic Mineral Point’s artist community while participating in workshops, readings and community outreach activities.
RHODE ISLAND GRANTS http://www.arts.ri.gov/grants/overview/ — RISCA Fellowships in Crafts, Film & Video, Fiction, Photography, Play/Screenwriting, Poetry, and Three Dimensional Art: Guidelines and a link to the online application can be found here. Project Grant for Individuals (PGI): Artists interested in applying for a PGI grant must contact Cristina DiChiera to discuss their proposal. PGI guidelines and a link to the online application can be found here. Folk Arts Fellowships and Apprenticeships: Artists interested in applying for a Folk Arts grant must contact Elena Calderon Patino. Project Grants in Education (PGE): If you are an artist, school or non-profit organization interested in applying for a PGE Grant, please contact Dan Kahn. PGE guidelines and a link to the online application can be found here.
OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL RESIDENCIES — Residencies are opportunities that are exclusive to our Dramaturgy and Literary Management department and they offer the longest opportunity for participants to be in “resident” at OSF. Residencies vary in length. In general, they range between four to eleven months. FAIR currently offers three Residencies: Literary Residency, Dramaturgy Residency, Shakespeare Dramaturgy Residency. Deadline July 1 each year.
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND — Through Grants for the arts, we are able to make grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 for activities lasting up to three years. In special circumstances we can award larger grants for more major projects. If you plan to apply for over £100,000 you must contact us to request permission to apply. Grants for the arts is a continuous programme, so you can apply at any time. There are no deadlines but you need to allow enough time between when you apply and when your activity starts. We need six weeks to process applications for £15,000 and under We need 12 weeks for applications for more than £15,000.
NORTH CAROLINA ARTS COUNCIL REGIONAL ARTIST PROJECT GRANTS — This program, funded by the N. C. Arts Council, provides the opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their regions. These grants support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their professional development. Types of fundable projects include: Creation of new work, Purchase of equipment and materials, Professional development workshops, Travel support for expenses associated with a professional opportunity such as participating in an exhibition or a conference, Development or upgrading of promotional materials such as brochures, DVDs, CDs, and websites. Grant amounts vary from region to region. Statewide, they range from $300 to $5,000, though most grants are between $500 and $2,000.
ARTErra RESIDENCIES — Encourages cross-disciplinary artistic creation in a small rural village in Portugal. Artists may stay from 3 days to 6 months. Artist responsible for travel, residency fee (budgeted on a case by case basis according to the artist’s needs), and meals; residency provides room, work space, and some materials and tools according to the artists’ needs.
WYOMING GRANTS FOR INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS/WRITERS — The Wyoming Arts Council provides opportunities for individual artists in the form of fellowships, apprenticeships and Individual Artist Professional Development (IAPD) grants. The WAC offers fellowships in creative writing, performing arts and visual arts. It also oversees the Neltje Blanchan and Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Writing Awards. Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships are available to master traditional artists to teach their art form to qualified apprentices.
WEST VIRGINIA NEW OPPORTUNITIES for ARTISTS — The Arts Section is expanding opportunities offered to artists. The Artist Database serves as a listing of artists in West Virginia. The Teaching Artists Roster lists artists who are skilled in both their artistic discipline and as instructors. NOTE: Artists previously listed on the Arts in Education Roster will need to apply to the Teaching Artist Roster. The Demonstrating Artists Roster consists of talented and professional artists reviewed and approved by WVDCH and the WVCA according to relative criteria. These Rosters will be published and made available as a resource across the state. Artists are paid via grants made to schools and other institutions that make request for these artists for their educational and community purposes.
HERBERT HOOVER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE RESIDENCY — Location West Branch, Iowa. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site seeks writers, composers, and visual and performing artists. The Artist-in-Residence Program is open to all professional American artists whose work can be inspired by the history and beauty of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The park offers two residencies of two to four weeks each from May through September.
COVE PARK RESIDENCIES — If you would like to receive details of forthcoming opportunities and how to apply please join our mailing list. Our 2013 programme has now been confirmed. Details of opportunities available in 2014 will be announced in the autumn this year. Cove Park is happy to support and facilitate the production of specific projects during residencies and, equally, to ensure that those artists who wish to develop new ideas without the constraints of the completion of a final piece of work are free to do so. Location Cove Park, Peaton Hill, Cove, Argyll and Bute, G84 0PE, United Kingdom.
OSAGE ARTS COMMUNITY — Osage Arts Community is a place that provides temporary time, space and support for the creation of new work in a retreat format. These creative residencies are generally anywhere from one week to one year but average around six months. OAC serves creative people of all kinds – visual artists, composers, poets, fiction and nonfiction writers. OAC is located on a 152-acre farm in an isolated rural mountainside setting in Central Missouri bordered by ¾ of a mile of the Gasconade River.
The Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education offers a variety of grant opportunities designed to assist educators. These funding opportunities include traditional grants in amounts up to $2,500 and specialty grants of varying amounts for items such as books. The website provides the most up-to-date information on the types of grants available and the important dates associated with the application process. Any employee of a public, private, charter or parochial school, college or university in a qualifying state may apply for a Meemic grant. Educators from the same school may submit proposals for different programs.
It can be difficult for writers in the early stages of their career to write and to earn a living outside writing at the same time. To help fill this need the MMF has established up to three Morland Writing Scholarships every year. The Scholarships will be open to anyone who has been born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa. The Scholars will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of one year. In return for this the Scholars will agree that 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from what they write during the year of the Scholarship will be paid to the MMF which may be used to support other promising writers and possibly to expand the Scholarship scheme in later years. The only condition imposed on the Scholars during the year of their Scholarship is that they must write. They will be asked to submit by e-mail at least 10,000 new words every month until they have finished their book.
THE AMERICAN PROSPECT
The American Prospect’s Writing Fellows Program offers journalists at the beginning of their career the opportunity to spend two full years at the magazine in Washington, D.C., developing their journalistic skills. Each fellow is expected to contribute regularly to the website and to the print edition. We are seeking candidates with strong writing and analytical abilities who are as comfortable generating article ideas as they are relying on assignments. A passion for politics, policy, and digital journalism is a prerequisite. Prior journalism experience is not required. The application process for the 2014 fellowship will begin in the late fall.
WEST VIRGINIA TRAVEL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM GRANTS
The West Virginia Humanities Council Travel Assistance Program category is open to individuals associated with West Virginia museums, historical societies, institutions of higher and secondary education, and other nonprofit groups. Grant awards will fund conference registration fees, transportation, lodging, and food at professional meetings and conferences.
WRITERS IN THE SCHOOLS RESIDENCY
Writers in the Schools (WITS), a program of Seattle Arts & Lectures, is looking for creative writers—poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, cartoonists/graphic novelists, and playwrights—who are passionate about teaching the power and pleasure of writing to young people and who are excited to collaborate with public school teachers. Employment is part-time. Residency contracts vary, but typically extend for nine months from October to June. A school-year commitment is typically required. Compensation for a full-residency is $6,500 ($77/teaching hour; to be paid in monthly installments). Partial or greater residencies are scaled accordingly. Writers can be paid up to $500 for attending writer meetings, retreats, and meeting administrative deadlines. Free tickets to Seattle Arts & Lectures events, as available.
LILLIAN E. SMITH CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS
The mission of The Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Arts is to offer a place where gifted creative artists and scholars in various disciplines may find the conditions of quiet solitude and privacy in which to pursue their work. The Center offers each resident a furnished cottage, which includes a bathroom and a kitchen facility. A fee of $100 per week is charged to help defray the basic expenses of maintenance and operation. It is anticipated that the length of each residency period shall be negotiable between the applicant and the director. Location Clayton, GA.
CAMAC RESIDENCY FOR ARTISTS
Brings together artists in all disciplines from all over the world. Does not cover travel, but all expenses are paid upon arrival. Two-month residencies. Location France. Offer each year a residency bursary to one visual artist, one writer and one musician or composer in order to create new career prospects for artists.
NORTH CAROLINA LITERARY, PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS GRANTS
Grant funds support artists’ fees and administrative expenses directly related to the project. Grant amounts rarely exceed $10,000 and must be matched dollar for dollar by the organization. Nonprofit organizations that produce literary, performing, media arts, or visual arts programs. NOTE: Individual writers can connect with nonprofit groups to coordinate the use of this grant for their promotional events.
NYFA EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND FOR HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS
Eligible artists can be working in any discipline and reside in Connecticut, New Jersey or New York. Damages are broadly defined and include, but are not limited to: damage to physical work; damage to homes/studios/other facilities; loss of equipment or supplies; loss of income, and reimbursement for cancelled performances/appearances/engagements. We anticipate the overwhelming majority of grants will range between $1,000 and $5,000, but there may be extraordinary circumstances in which slightly smaller or larger grants might be made.
KENTUCKY FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN
Grants to feminist writers and playwrights in Kentucky only.
THE BUSH FOUNDATION
Provides artists with significant financial support that enables them to advance their work and further their contributions to the communities. Fellowship candidates must be at least twenty-four years old and have been residents for at least one year prior to the application deadline of MN, ND, SD, or one of 23 sovereign nations that shares geography with the states.
STARRY NIGHT RETREAT
Starry Night Retreat is an Artist In Residence program nestled in the historic hot springs district of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Located halfway between Albuquerque and El Paso, Starry Night provides a nourishing environment for artists, writers, and researchers of all disciplines to accomplish new work. Cost is $250 per week, $900 per month, $150 per week per accompanying partner. Financial aid is available for artists for up to 50% of total cost. There is a space on the application in which one can apply for financial aid.
FINE ARTS WORK CENTER
The FINE ARTS WORK CENTER in Provincetown offers a unique residency program for emerging artists and writers. Located in a rustic fishing village with a storied history as an arts colony, the Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to twenty Fellows each year in the form of living/work space and a modest monthly stipend of $750. Residencies run from October 1 through April 30. Fellows pursue their work independently in a diverse and supportive community of peers. Application deadlines February 1 and December 1. The Writing Fellowship application fee is $45. Fellows are provided living accommodations and a monthly stipend of $750.
FFS/HEARTS SCREENWRITING GRANT
The Hearst Screenwriting Grant is given to a mid-career screenwriter who has been a practicing writer for at least five years and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay. The grant is open to writers residing in the United States whose project expresses both a unique personal perspective and an artistic approach to the subject. Priority is given to writers whose previous short or feature screenplays have been produced as an independent film.
DJERASSI/SFFS SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP
The Djerassi Residency Award/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship will provide a one-month residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program for an emerging or established screenwriter. Located in a spectacular setting in the Santa Cruz Mountains, 40 miles south of San Francisco, the program provides artists with uninterrupted time for work, reflection and collegial interaction in a professionally supportive and inspirational environment. The Djerassi Residency Award/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship is supported by a gift from SFFS board member Dale Djerassi.
NEW YORK CITY – LOW-INCOME ARTIST PEER LOAN PROGRAMS
Through this program, artists have access to the following Project Enterprise opportunities:
Peer Lending Program – Connects entrepreneurs of all levels with financing and support to build their businesses. Loans start at $1,500 and increase in steps up to $12,000 after successful repayment of previous loans and are approved by an individual’s peer group as well as by Project Enterprise staff.
Fast Track Program – Designed for more established entrepreneurs in need of capital. Loans start at $3,000 and increase up to $12,000 after successful repayment of previous loans, and are approved by an individual’s peer group as well as by Project Enterprise staff.
Direct Loan Program – Project Enterprise’s newest program is designed for entrepreneurs with solid, established businesses who are still unable to access financing from a traditional financial institution.
THE FLORENCE TYSON FUND
The Mission of the Fund is to support therapists and clinical programs that provide creative arts therapies—music, dance, drama, art and poetry therapy–to people in the community who suffer from, or are at risk for psychiatric problems, such as depression, anxiety, or severe mental illnesses.
THE ROYAL LITERARY FUND
The Society administers three charitable trusts, which award occasional grants to professional authors who find themselves in sudden and temporary financial difficulty. The Francis Head Bequest grants to professional writers (writing in the English language) who were born in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, and who are over the age of 35. It is aimed at authors who by reason of illness or otherwise are in financial difficulty. The John Masefield Memorial Trust provides grants to professional British poets or their dependents who are faced with sudden financial problems. Margaret Rhondda Awards assist and support women journalists who are in needy circumstances.
The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe. Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons by groups of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees,” who form autonomous chapters around geographic areas or topics of interest. The Foundation provides these grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. It is, in the words of one of our trustees, a micro-genius grant for flashes of micro-brilliance. Since its humble beginnings, many Awesome Foundation chapters have sprung up globally to conserve, sustain, and support the worldwide ecosystem of awesomeness. Projects have included efforts in a wide range of areas including technology, arts, social good, and beyond.
CREATIVE RESISTANCE FUND
The Creative Resistance Fund (CRF) provides $1,500 distress grants to people in danger due to their use of creativity to fight injustice. The fund may be used to evacuate a dangerous situation or to cover living costs while weighing long-term options for safety. Discipline(s) and media are: Visual arts, Sculpture, Performing arts, Textile art, Music, Literature, Educational programmes, New Media.
Turn2us is a new independent charity that helps people access the money available to them – through welfare benefits, grants and other help. Their free, accessible website is a comprehensive and invaluable resource that helps you find sources of financial support, quickly and easily, based on your particular needs and circumstances.
THE AUTHORS’ FOUNDATION – UK
The Foundation provides grants to writers to assist them while writing books. There are two rounds of grants each year, awarded in the summer and in the winter. To apply the author must meet one of the following conditions: 1. The author has been commissioned by a commercial British publisher to write a full-length work of fiction, poetry or non-fiction and needs funding (in addition to the publisher’s advance) for important research, travel, or other more general expenditure. 2. The author is without a contractual commitment by a publisher but has had at least one book published commercially by a British publisher, and there is a strong likelihood that their next book will be published in Britain.
Kickstarter is focused on creative ideas and ambitious endeavors. We’re a great way for artists, filmmakers, musicians, designers, writers, athletes, adventurers, illustrators, explorers, curators, promoters, performers, and others to bring their projects, events, and dreams to life. You post your project, how much you need, and select 1-90 days. Based upon your information and project, people donate funds to help you succeed. If your target amount isn’t reached, all support is cancelled. If you do reach the amount, the supporters’ credit cards are charged and you are endowed with the funds you need.
SPRINGBOARD FOR THE ARTS LOW INTEREST LOAN FOR ARTISTS – MN
Springboard’s Artist Loan Fund provides low-interest loans from $1,000 to $5,000, at a rate of 1% above the prime rate, simple interest, to artists in the Twin Cities area. Loan terms are from 12 to 36 months. This is a community-based revolving loan program designed to meet a broad range of artists’ needs and opportunities.
SPRINGBOARD EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND – MN, IA, ND, SD, WI
Springboard’s Emergency Relief Fund exists to help meet the emergency needs of artists in need of immediate monies to cover an expense due to loss from fire, theft, health emergency, or other catastrophic, career-threatening event. The purpose of the Emergency Relief Fund is to expedite recovery from a specific economic crisis so that the artist applicant may continue their work. Artist applicants living in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin may access up to $500 to meet or defray unexpected “emergency” expenses. Relief Fund payments are made directly to the business that the artist owes money, not to the artist applicant.
WASHINGTON WOMEN IN NEED – WASHINGTON STATE
Washington Women In Need provides grants in four program areas: Education at accredited institutions in Washington; Mental Health Counseling with licensed mental health professionals; Health Care Insurance Premiums for current health coverage; and Physical/Dental/Vision/Hearing exams and treatment.
SANTA FE ARTS INSTITUTE EMERGENCY FUNDS
As an outgrowth of our original Emergency Relief Residencies, SFAI has instituted an ongoing Emergency Relief Residency to provide residencies for artists and writers whose lives and work are compromised by domestic strife, political upheaval or natural disasters. Residencies are by application only.
In response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, SFAI is ready to make available its facility to artists, writers and crafts people who lost homes, studios, art work or jobs.
AUTHORS’ CONTINGENCY FUND – UK
This fund makes modest grants to published authors who find themselves in sudden financial difficulties. Contact the Society of Authors for an information sheet and application form.
NEWSPAPER PRESS FUND – UK
Phone 01306 887511
Fax 01306 888212
Aims to relieve distress among journalists and their dependents. Continuous and/or occasional financial grants; also retirement homes for eligible beneficiaries.
ROYAL LITERARY FUND
The Royal Literary Fund is a British benevolent fund for professional published authors in financial difficulties.
CHANGE EMERGENCY FUNDS
Change, Inc., P.O. Box 54, Captiva, FL 33924
Phone: (212) 473-3742
Awards of up to $1,000 for medical, living, or other emergencies. Open to artists of all disciplines, with no U.S. geographical restrictions; students are not eligible. Each applicant must submit a detailed letter describing the financial emergency, copies of outstanding bills, medical fee estimates, etc., and current financial statements, along with a career resume, exhibition or performance announcements, slides or photos of work and two letters of reference from someone in the affiliated field (no video tapes). Only complete applications will be accepted. Change, Inc does not issue more than one grant per person.
PEN AMERICAN CENTER WRITER’S FUND
The PEN Writers Fund is an emergency fund for professionally published or produced—writers with serious financial difficulties. Depending on the situation, the fund gives grants or loans of up to $1,000. The maximum amount is given only under especially dire circumstances and when monies are available. The PEN Fund for Writers and Editors with HIV/AIDS, administered under the PEN Writers Fund, gives grants of up to $1,000 to professional writers and editors who face serious financial difficulties because of HIV or AIDS-related illness. The Writers Fund does not exist for research purposes, to enable the completion of writing projects, or to fund publications or organizations. The Writers Fund Committee meets approximately every two months to review applications.
The Authors League Fund was established by the Authors League of America, Inc., to help career authors and dramatists in the United States and in financial distress due to an urgent situation. The Fund makes interest-free loans to professional writers in need; for example, writers with health problems and inadequate health insurance, or older writers whose income has ceased. Loan-seekers must show need and documentation of their professional status. Method of contact: telephone, letter or email.
CLAYTON MEMORIAL MEDICAL FUND
P.O. Box 5703
Portland, Oregon 97228
The fund helps professional science fiction and fantasy writers living in the Northwest states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska deal with the financial burden of illness.
AMERICAN POETS FUND – EMERGENCY FUNDS
The Academy of American Poets
584 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10012-5243
Assists poets of demonstrated ability who are in a state of urgent financial need. Grants cannot be used to promote or otherwise enhance literary talent or reputation, and applications are not accepted. Academy Chancellors, Fellows, and prize winners may bring the circumstances of qualifying poets to the attention of the American Poets Fund committee by sending a letter of nomination, including specifics about the nominee’s current financial situation, to the Executive Director of the Academy.
POETS IN NEED
Emergency assistance to established poets who have a substantive published body of work.
SFWA EMERGENCY FUNDS
The SFWA Emergency Medical Fund offers interest-free loans to members facing unexpected medical expenses.
The SFWA Legal Fund makes loans available to authors who must take a writing-related dispute to court. Loans are made on a case-by-case basis, after review by the Grievance Committee and the SFWA attorney.
WRITERS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND
(Formerly The Llewellyn Miller Fund of the American Society of Journalists and Authors Charitable Trust )
1501 Broadway, Ste. 302
New York, NY 10036
Financial relief assistance to established, professional freelance writers of nonfiction books and magazine articles. Must be elderly, ill, disabled, or facing an extraordinary crisis.
WRITER’S TRUST WOODCOCK FUND – EMERGENCY FUNDS
Provides emergency funding for established writers in mid-project who are facing financial crisis. Since its inception, the Woodcock Fund has supported 103 Canadian writers in financial difficulty. The total amount dispersed to date is $380,000.
JOHN ANSON KITTREDGE EDUCATIONAL FUND
c/o Key Trust Company of Maine, P.O. Box 1054, Augusta, ME 04332
Application Address, P.O. Box 382203, Cambridge, MA 02238-2203
Grants awarded to artists in very special circumstances. $1,000 – $10,000. Initial contact by letter stating purpose, amount requested, period of funding, supporting letter.
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