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.
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.
SHAKESPEARE’S SISTER GRANT http://aroomofherownfoundation.org/awards/shakespeares-sister/ — s process. The fellowship seeks to make possible for the playwright a breakthrough into the kind of new work she would not have had the freedom or the resources to create otherwise. Deadline July 1, 2014.
EUGENE C. PULLIAM FELLOWSHIP FOR EDITORIAL WRITING http://www.spj.org/a-pulliamfellow.asp — The Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship was established to enable a mid-career editorial writer or columnist to have time away from daily responsibilities for study and research. The cash award allows Pulliam Editorial Fellows to take courses, pursue independent study, travel, pursue other endeavors that enrich their knowledge of a public interest issue. The Pulliam Fellowship awards $75,000 to an outstanding editorial writer or columnist to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. Deadline June 22, 2014.
ARTS IN EDUCATON ARTIST ROSTER APPLICATONS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE http://www.nh.gov/nharts/grants/artists/aieroster.htm — Brian to discuss their application prior to submitting it. Deadline May 2, 2014.
ILLINOIS ROAD SCHOLAR PROGRAM http://www.prairie.org/roadscholars — Deadline May 5, 2014. From the history of Motown to the moral tribulations of Albert Einstein, our curiosity can lead us to unexpected places. As an IHC Road Scholar, you’ll have the freedom to wander….take Illinois along with you!
PUBSLUSH http://pubslush.com/ — Founded by mother and daughter entrepreneurs, Hellen and Amanda Barbara, Pubslush is a global, crowdfunding and analytics platform only for books. Our platform allows authors to raise money and gauge the initial audience for new book ideas, and for readers to pledge their financial support to bring books to life. Pubslush is entirely about giving: giving an opportunity to authors, giving a voice to readers, and giving books to children without access to literature.
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.
IOWA ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS http://www.iowaartscouncil.org/funding/overview.shtml — The Artist Fellowship provides support to individuals who demonstrate exceptional creativity in the arts and the capacity for continued contributions to the excellence and innovation of the arts in the State. The Artist Fellowship Program seeks to elevate the arts in Iowa by advancing the artistic careers of Iowa artists through funding and professional development. The Iowa Arts Council awards each fellow $5,000 to support the development of their artistic career. Deadline May 1, 2014.
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.
HAMBIDGE RESIDENCIES http://www.hambidge.org/program-overview.html — Apply through April 15th for the September through December residency period. 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.
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.
VERMONT GRANTS http://www.vermontartscouncil.org/Grants/DeadlinesandInformation/tabid/242/Default.aspx — Artist Development Grants: $250-$1,000 to fund activities that enhance an artist’s professional career. FY14 applications (final round) are available with May 5, 2014 deadline. Match required. Creation Grants: $3,000 to support the creation of new work by Vermont artists. FY2015 applications to open March 3, 2014 with deadline of May 13, 2014. No match required.
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. Folk Arts Fellowship and Apprenticeship guidelines can be found here. 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.
NEVADA GRANTS — Artist Residency Express Grants – Support short-term artist residencies up to 20 hours in Nevada schools and communities. Applications accepted throughout the year. No cash match required. Around $1,200. Artists on the Artists in Schools roster can apply for up to three of these grants per year. Jackpot Grants – Quarterly grants to support art projects initiated by artists, schools, nonprofits, and public institutions. Up to $1,000.
M LITERARY RESIDENCY — The M Literary Residency Programme has been established to disseminate a broader knowledge of contemporary life and writing in China today and to foster deeper intellectual, cultural and artistic links across individuals and communities. Applicants do not need to be published authors – unpublished writers are welcome to apply. There are no nationality restrictions for applications. However, applicants should be over 21 years old and be writing in English. Applications will be accepted in the following genres only: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, dramatic prose.
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.
HAMBIDGE CREATIVE RESIDENCY PROGRAM — 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 waives the $400 residency fee for two week residencies. This is offered to the nine top scoring candidates. $30 application fee. Location Rabun Gap, GA.
TURKEY LAND COVE FOUNDATION — A working retreat for motivated women. The deadline for our fall session 2014 (September 15 through February 1, 2015) is June 1, 2014. The successful applicant will be a motivated woman with clear, definable goals to pursue artistic, professional, or educational advancement and a plan to implement those goals. We are looking for women with the following characteristics: leadership qualities, goal-directed, ambitious, motivated, determined. She will be judged on the quality of her idea and the professionalism of her plan. We are currently limiting grants to women who are residents of New England or New York State.
KENTUCKY PEER ADVISORY NETWORK — Arts professionals on the KPAN roster are available to provide three- or six-hour consultancies to assist eligible organizations and individual artists with board development, grant writing, marketing and promotions, strategic planning, festival planning and other activities. Consultancy fees are paid by the Kentucky Arts Council.
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.
HYPATIA IN THE WOODS
Women in the arts, academe, and business may apply for a residency of from one to four weeks. In order to be considered, you will need tocomplete the Application For Residency, including a brief description of what you hope to accomplish or the project you will work on while at Hypatia-in-the-Woods; pay a $20 non-refundable processing fee; and for artists – provide samples of your work: three pages of poetry, ten pages of prose (12-point font minimum), photographs, photographs of works of art, CD recording, or some other example of your art form; for academics and business people – provide a current resume. Will start accepting applications after August 1, 2013. Location Washington State.
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.
Grants to support women and transgender artists in the Philadelphia area (including Camden, NJ), who create art for social change. Art and Change Grant provides up to $2,500 for project-based work and the Leeway Transformation Award gives $15,000 in unrestricted funds to artists with at least five years experience.
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.
HELEN MCCLOY/MWA SCHOLARSHIP
The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing seeks to nurture talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting. The scholarship ($500) shall be used to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, writing seminars, or university/college-level writing programs taking place in the U.S. in summer, fall or winter of 2013 or early spring 2014. Applicants must select a specific writing class/workshop/seminar to which scholarship funds would be applied.
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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