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Upcoming Grants for Writers

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Are you living in the USA, Canada or United Kingdom? The following grants, fellowships or writers residencies are mostly offered on a yearly basis, sometimes even twice a year. Bookmark their links and check periodically their deadlines. Besides accommodation, writers often receive a stipend and travel expenses paid. A great way for writers to get out of their routine, find solitude and time to write in order to advance their career.

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Iowa Artist Fellowship
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. http://www.iowaartscouncil.org/funding/overview.shtml

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Gladstone Residencies, UK
Gladstone’s Library’s immensely successful Writer in Residence program is now seeking submissions for residencies to take place in 2015. There will be four residencies offered in 2015. Each of the winning writers will be awarded a full month’s residency in the wonderfully creative atmosphere of Gladstone’s Library. During that month, each writer will publish two blogs about their stay, run a one-day workshop on the craft of creative writing, and host an evening event where they talk about any aspect of their writing life. Each residency comes with full board and lodging, travel expenses within the UK and a stipend of £100 per week.
Deadline June 30, 2014. http://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/writers/
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Nebraska 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. http://www.nebraskaartscouncil.org/grants/grant_categories.html/title/mini-grants
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Residencies in Southern California and Phoenix, AZ
Specifically, the Creatives selected will be awarded a one-year opportunity to engage the residents in one of two affordable housing communities in Southern California and Phoenix, AZ to ignite social change through sustainable practices and programs. The Creatives selected – individual and or collective groups, will be given housing (or a housing stipend), a working stipend, and a small budget to execute their projects.
Applications should be submitted to arrive no later than 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, May 23, 2014.
http://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/grant-residency-opportunity-a-social-practice-initiative-of-living-resources-and-grand-central-art-center/

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New Orleans Arts Council Grants
The deadline to submit applications for FY2015 grants through the Arts Council of New Orleans’ Online Granting System is before midnight on May 15, 2014. Grants are available for arts activities to take place in Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptiste and Terrebonne Parishes between October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015 through the Louisiana Decentralized Arts Funding Program. Grants are also available for arts activities to take place in Orleans Parish during the 2015 calender year through the Community Arts Grants Program.
http://www.artscouncilofneworleans.org/index.php?topic=grants.announce
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Red Gate Residency in China
Red Gate Residency in Beijing is currently accepting applications for October, November and December of 2014 and all of 2015. Red Gate Residency is an international artists residency program providing artists, curators, writers, and academics with the opportunity to live and create work in China. Our objective is to provide facilities for artists to easily start their projects and offer a community in which they can participate as much as they like. Artists working in any medium, writers, academics, and researchers are all eligible.
http://www.chinaresidencies.com/residencies/red-gate-residency
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Island Art Residency Michigan
The Hill House Artist Residency supports talented artists—emerging songwriters, writers at all stages of their career and many kinds of non-studio artists—with the time and space to create new work. Artists age 21 and older from anywhere in the world may apply. Solo artists as well as collaborating teams of up to four people are welcome. Application deadlines: April 1 and October 1.
http://www.artmeetsearth.org

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Florida Artist Fellowship
The Individual Artist Fellowship Program recognizes the creation of new artworks by individuals of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability. Fellowship awards support the general artistic and career advancement of the individual artist.
Deadline June 2, 2014. http://www.florida-arts.org/programs/fellowship/

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Fellowship for Editorial Writing
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. http://www.spj.org/a-pulliamfellow.asp

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Arts in Education, NH
The Council invites applications from professional artists in all disciplines who are experienced in their field/s and can make a strong personal commitment to working in an educational setting with students, educators, administrators and parents to apply to the Arts in Education (AIE) Roster. Interested artists should contact the Arts in Education (AIE) Coordinator Catherine O’Brian to discuss their application prior to submitting it.
Deadline May 2, 2014. http://www.nh.gov/nharts/grants/artists/aieroster.htm

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Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grants 
These grants contribute to travel costs associated with participation in professional and career development activities in order for applicants to network, share knowledge, gain skills in specific arts practices and engage in dialogue about equity in the arts. No deadline. You may apply for one of the following fixed amounts to help cover your travel costs, based on excursion fares: $500, $750, $1,000, $1,500, $2,000 or $2,500. However, the two highest amounts ($2,000 and $2,500) are available only if you are traveling to or from northern Canada or to international destinations other than the United States and Europe. These grants cannot be used for travel that occurs before the date that the application is submitted.
http://canadacouncil.ca/en/council/grants/find-a-grant/grants/capacity-building-initiative-travel-grants

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$25,000 Offer for 3 Months Writers Residency

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All Canadian writers of established literary reputation in fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction or drama are encouraged to apply. The writer-in-residence receives CAD $25,000 !!!  for the three-month residency.  The Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence program is a full-time, three-month residency for Canadian writers. The writer-in-residence resides in Lucinda House, a century home close to Laurier’s Waterloo campus, and splits his or her time between writing and community programming at the university’s various campuses.

The full-time position (40 hours/week) requires 40% of the author’s time to be spent on community programs or projects, leaving 60% of the work-week available for the writer’s own creative projects. Community programs and projects include reading manuscripts and consulting with students and the public, visiting classrooms, giving readings and lectures, leading workshops, or participating in similar community programming, on Laurier’s three campuses.
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Who Should Apply?
All Canadian writers of established literary reputation in fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, or drama are encouraged to apply. The following criteria are required:

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Established literary reputation with critically well-received work.
  • Professional teaching or public speaking experience.
  • Willing to engage with the public one-on-one and in group settings.
  • Active participant in the writing community.
  • In the midst of a new writing project intended for book-length publication.
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The Following Criteria are Considered Assets:

  • Experience in working with youth;
  • Experience in working with the public and with beginning writers.
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Download the Call for Applications
for a complete list of rules and regulations and all the details on how to apply.
Apply electronically by 4 p.m., May 31, 2014

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APPLY: 13 Residencies and Grants for US Writers

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New Year means new resolutions. Why not this one: finding space and time to work on your goals and write uninterrupted from daily chores and demands?  It is a myth that you have to be famous in order to receive a grant or become a writer-in-residence.  Most people who are awarded grants are on their way up, not already there. Unnecessary fear of being rejected prevents a lot of writers from applying for opportunities that are out there. But the numbers are in your favor: in average, 1 in 3 applications will be granted. 

If you have never written a grant proposal before, do some research on the topic before you begin. Numerous how-to listings and guidelines offer insights to novice grant writers, and even those with experience. Understand the meanings of the vocabulary being used in grant guidelines. As more applications you write, as easier and faster it gets.

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360 XOCHI QUETZEL Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

This FREE one-month artist residency on Lake Chapala in central Mexico, will serve artists, especially fiber artists and writers. Beautiful home with kitchen, living room downstairs and bedroom and a spacious studio upstairs. There are also 2.5 bathrooms. Free local phone service. International calls can be made via Skype. January 18, 2014 for the May Residency. 
http://www.artistcommunities.org/residencies/360-xochi-quetzal

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Cactoctin Mountain Park, MD

The Artist-In-Residence, including writers, will spend two weeks immersed in the natural and cultural resources of the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland. During this residency, the artist will produce a novel work and share the artistic process with the public. Application may be made for one- or two- week periods. The Catoctin Forest Alliance will accept applications for the Artist-In-Residence Program no later than February 15, 2014
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The Artist-In-Residence 
Program at the Petrified Forest offers professional WRITERS, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park’s inspiring landscape. Selected artists stay in a historic cabin for two-week periods from June through September.
Artists will present two public programs during their residency. This interaction can be tailored to an individual’s medium, interest, and experience using only a few hours during the residency period. Programs can be demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks, or performances. In addition to the park, the nearby community college art department can be used as a public program venue.
Deadline February 15, 2014
http://www.nps.gov/pefo/parknews/artist-in-residence.htm

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The Lillian E. Smith Foundation Writer-in-Service Award
It includes a two-week residency, a $500 honorarium, and a $300 travel allowance, and is given once a year. The Award is open to residents of the United Sates working to advance the arts through public service careers or volunteer work. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, arts education, literacy instruction, prison arts and education, English as a second language instruction, art-related therapies, etc. The Writer-in-Service Award residency, Smith Center in Clayton, Georgia, in 2013 provides two weeks of peaceful solitude to focus a new or ongoing writing project. This award provides an opportunity for those writers who like Lillian E. Smith recognize “the power of the arts to transform the lives of all human beings.” Deadline November 15, 2014.
http://lillianesmith.org/
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Maine Fellowships
The Individual Artist Fellowships reward artistic excellence, advance the careers of Maine artists and promote public awareness regarding the eminence of the creative sector in Maine. The Maine Arts Commission offers five fellowships annually in functional craft, literature, visual arts, performing/media arts and traditional arts. Literary Arts deadline May 2, 2014. Grant amount: $13,000.
http://mainearts.maine.gov/grant_individualfellowship.aspx
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Colorado Jumpstart Awards
Jumpstart Awards provide fresh energy to writers, artists and creative entrepreneurs to help stimulate their creative business or organization, whether non-profit or commercial. The end goal is that grantees will achieve tangible business benefits, such as increased revenue, new audiences or improved management practices. Deadline: June 19, 2014. The maximum request is $4,000 if your arts income in 2013 was between $25,000 and $99,000. Funds are paid on a reimbursement basis upon receipt of final report and expense receipts.
http://www.coloradocreativeindustries.org/manage-your-award
http://www.coloradocreativeindustries.org/Artists%20%26%20Entrepreneurs/colorado-creates-grant
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The Lighthouse Works Fellowships
Fellowships are six weeks in length and occur year-round. The Lighthouse Works provides fellows with housing, food, studio space for six weeks, a $250 travel allowance and a stipend of $1,500.
Fishers Island, NY, is a small island located in the Long Island Sound just off the coast of Connecticut, accessible by ferry from New London, Connecticut, and by private or commuter boat from Noank, Connecticut. The island is isolated, but not remote; New York City and Boston are both within three hours of the island, and public transportation to any major east coast city is easily accessible. Deadline April 12 and June 30.  More information on the island life and how to apply for the residency:
http://www.thelighthouseworks.com/fellowshipprogram.html

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Big Cypress National Preserve Residencies, FL
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. 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.
Entries are accepted for the 2015-2016 Artist-In-Residence Program with postmarks dated September 1, through November 30, 2014.
http://www.nps.gov/bicy/supportyourpark/artist-in-residence-program.htm

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Sleeping Bear Dunes Ntl Park, MI

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 campsite in one of the developed mainland campgrounds, or a park house located in the vicinity of the village of Empire. A three-week time block is available during October. The artist is asked to donate to the park an original piece of work representative of their medium, produced during the residency, and to contribute to the advancement of the park’s mission.
http://www.nps.gov/slbe/parkmgmt/artistinresidence.htm

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Turkeyland Cove Foundation, 
Massachusetts
For New England and NY State residents only! Turkey Land Cove Foundation offers a personal retreat for motivated women in Edgartown, MA., to pursue their professional, educational and artistic goals, away from the distractions of daily life. TLC Foundation will review the financial circumstances of each applicant and will only make grants to women who could otherwise not afford the period of retreat. Our grants cover room and board plus reasonable transportation expenses. Based on individual need, we will also consider helping fund increased home expenses, necessitated by a caregiver’s absence, as well as goal-related expenses or materials relevant to the purpose of the grant, on a case-by-case basis. After her stay, each grantee will be required to write periodic reports updating the board about her progress towards her goal and how this grant has affected her life. The first report is due within six months of her stay, and then once annually for three years. The deadline for our fall session 2014 (September 15 through February 1, 2015) is June 1, 2014.
http://www.turkeylandcovefoundation.org/
http://turkeylandcovefoundation.webs.com/TLCF%20Foundation%20Brochure.pdf

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The Leeway Foundation

Grants to support women and transgender artists in the Philadelphia area, 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. Applicant support sessions are an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a Leeway representative to get direct feedback on your application.  Deadline May 15, 2014
http://www.leeway.org/apply-for-grants/appsupport.html

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Mesa Refuge
The Mesa Refuge is a writers’ retreat located in Point Reyes Station, CA. It is one of the few retreats in the United States that supports people writing about nature, economics and social equity. Since 1998, we have granted residencies to over 500 writers. The Refuge offers two and four-week residencies to writers who need the solitude essential to creative work. Essayists, journalists, economists, naturalists, screenwriters and authors of memoirs. The Refuge hosts three residents at a time. Each enjoys a private room in a spacious shared house. Location Point Reyes Station, California. Room and most dinners are provided at no cost, however donations are welcome. Travel to and from Point Reyes is each resident’s responsibility. Application fee of $25 to cover administrative costs.
http://www.mesarefuge.org/

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North Dakota Fellowships
The Individual Artist Fellowship program recognizes practicing artists residing in North Dakota with a monetary fellowship award. The program is designed to support professional artists with outstanding talent and ability to improve their artistic skills and enhance their career opportunities.  Grant Amount: Requests from $1,000 and $2,000.  Deadline dates: April 1 and November 1, 2014.  Deadline date: February 15, 2013.  
http://www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html

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Authors League Fund
This is a “last-minute-resort” kind of loan for authors who got ill and are overwhelmed by medical bills. 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. http://www.authorsleaguefund.org/

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For more grant offers check out these websites periodically: Mira’s List and Res Artis (can be sorted by deadlines or countries, however not all are free in this list, some are paid retreats).   Read also our former posts: Get the Money! Apply! and 10 Important Steps when Applying for Grants

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Get Grants for Literary Events

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Is your writing group or author organization member of Poets & Writers, or sponsoring workshops or readings? And will this take place in either one of these areas:

  • California
  • Chicago

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    New York State

  • Washington D.C.
  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • New Orleans
  • Seattle
  • Tucson


You may apply for grants to be used for writers’ fees payments at Poets & Writers.

Applications must be submitted at least eight weeks before the proposed event.

To support as many literary events as possible, Poets & Writers generally grants no more than $1,500 to organizations in New York State and California, and $500 to organizations in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, Seattle, Tucson, and Washington, D.C., during the course of their fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). Decisions on maximum grant amounts are based on the availability of funds and are made at the discretion of Poets & Writers.
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Grants for readings or spoken word performances range from $50 to $350. Grants for workshops range from $100 to $200 per session. Organizations should match payments to writers if possible.
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Grant checks are payable to the writer and sent to the sponsor, which is responsible for delivering them to the author. We do not fund administrative costs, publicity, transportation, or other expenses related to producing events.
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Eligible Organizations include colleges, cultural centers, museums, libraries, hospitals, small presses, community centers, senior centers, places of worship, bookstores, cafés, galleries, and theaters.
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Nonprofit status is not required. If your organization has not previously received support from the R/W program, include a brief letter that describes your organization, the program for which you’re seeking funding, and publicity plans for the event. Please enclose publicity samples from past events.
Prefered organizations are those that:

  • serve a culturally diverse audience
  • feature culturally diverse writers
  • feature writers who have not previously presented at that venue
  • present programs in rural or other underserved areas
  • have not previously received P&W support
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Events must be open to the public, with the exception of events taking place in institutions. All requests are considered on an event-by-event basis. Applications from organizations only. However, writers are encouraged to initiate events and let organizations know they can apply on their behalf.
More info & guidelines can be found here: http://www.pw.org/sites/all/themes/pw/national_rw_app.pdf

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2 Fellowships & 1 Grant for Writers

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Google Journalism Fellowships
In an effort to help develop the next crop of reporters working to keep the world informed, educated and entertained, Google created the Journalism Fellowship. The program is aimed at undergraduate, graduate and journalism students interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways. There will be a focus on data driven journalism, online free expression and re-thinking the business of journalism. The 10-week long Fellowship will open with a week at the Knight Foundation and end with a week at Google, split between Google News and YouTube. Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,500 for 10 weeks during the summer of 2013 (June-August) and a travel budget of $1,000.

Who should apply?  Students from all majors and degree programs who possess the following qualities are encouraged to apply:

  • Demonstrated or stated commitment to journalism – especially in the fields of data driven journalism or freedom of expression online
  • An interest in exploring and creating business models to help the industry in the digital age
  • Excellent academic record, professional/extracurricular/volunteer activities, subject matter expertise
  • First-rate analytical, communications, research, and writing skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently, and to work smartly and resourcefully in a fast-paced environment

Deadline: January 31, 2013.
http://www.google.com/get/journalismfellowship

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New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships
The unrestricted $7,000 fellowships for Play-Writing / Screenwriting, are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development. NYFA is committed to support artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. Categories in 2013 are  Play-Writing / Screenwriting, Choreography, Music/Sound, Architecture/Environmental Structures / Design, and Photography.
Deadlines in January – various deadlines.

Mark your Calendar: In the 2014 cycle, grants will be awarded – among others – in categories of Nonfiction Literature, Poetry and Fiction.
http://www.nyfa.org/level3.asp?id=44&fid=1&sid=1

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Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant
The Marvin Grant is a $1,000 award given to an author under 30 years of age who has not had a book published. In addition to the monetary grant a portion of the winners entry may be published in the Ohioana Quarterly. Applicant must have been born in Ohio or have lived in Ohio for a minimum of five years. Applicant must be no older than 30 years of age on January 31 of the year the
award is given. Applicant must not have had a book published.

Deadline January 31, 2013.
http://www.ohioana.org/awards/marvin.asp

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Be Spoiled for Choice …

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… how you want to learn book promotion.  And there is a lot to learn: Publishing evolves constantly and the success of your book(s) is very much depending on you, no matter if you self-publish or if you go with one of the big publishers. 

Choices in publishing, essentials of book / e-book layout and design, your platform and brand,  optimizing social media, use of non-traditional ways of book marketing, book distribution, online retailers, learning about  marketing on a shoestring… it’s over-whelming.  But not if you get help from someone who has studied e-publishing and marketing for many years – and practices it all.

Choose between weekend seminars or sign-up for customized online marketing training (special offer in December)  

… or plan ahead for a publishing and book marketing seminar on a 5-day Caribbean Cruise on board of the Carnival Breeze, a brand new cruise liner, taking off in Miami, FL, on November 3, 2013.  Make your travel plans soon, bookings for this offer start at the end of this month!  

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Hello, I’m Doris-Maria Heilmann with 111 Publishing.  We are not only publishers of traditional and eBooks, we extensively market our authors books.  We also host informative seminars for authors on the “art” of promotion. 

During the last years, publishing books has totally changed. Nowadays we writers need to build our own platforms, identify our own demographics, and find our own market share – even if we are with a traditional publishing house!  The profession has changed and we need to adapt in order to succeed.   

Our unique “Seminar-At-Sea” will help authors to:

  • Strategically establish a writing career
  • Create our own brand
  • Identify our target readers
  • Find out how to reach these readers
  • Market and publicize our books on a budget
  • Find free book publishing funding sources

Soon I will be announcing all the details of this spectacular opportunity.  But for now…mark November 3, 2013 on your calendars!!  Connect with your peers and learn invaluable information to enhance your writing career…all while having the time of your life on an exotic Caribbean Cruise!!

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2013 Grants for Writers and Artists

How to apply for grants?
Good news in average one in three proposals typically receives a grant!  It is a myth that you have to be famous in order to get a grant. Truth is, most people who are awarded grants are on their way up, not already there. Fear of being rejected prevents a lot of people from applying for opportunities that are out there.

If you have never written a grant proposal before, do some research on the topic before you begin. Numerous how-to listings and guidelines offer insights to novice grant writers, and even those with experience. Understand the meanings of the vocabulary being used in grant guidelines or to access a glossary of common terms. Some sponsor guidelines will even provide just such a glossary unique to the particular sponsor.
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New York Foundation for the Arts
Emergency Relief Fund for Hurricane Sandy Victims
Artists of any discipline who reside in Connecticut, New Jersey or New York are eligable if they suffered damage to physical work, to homes/studios/other facilities, loss of equipment or supplies, loss of income such as cancelled performances/appearances/engagements. The 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. A separate fund has been established for arts organizations; for information email info@emergencygrants.org
http://www.nyfa.org/level2.asp?id=202&fid=1

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Blue Ridge Grants for Artists
Open to artists in southwest Virginia, this Grants for Artists Program (GAP) is designed to support activities for artists to create, refine, perform or exhibit their work, while furthering their careers. Artists must have attained a certain level of proficiency as represented in the quality of work samples submitted with the application. Artistic disciplines include literature, media arts, music, dance, folk arts, theater and visual arts. Artists are eligible for up to $1,000 per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).
http://theartscouncil.org/artists

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The Leeway Foundation
Grants to support women and transgender artists in the Philadelphia area, 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. Applicant support sessions are an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a Leeway representative to get direct feedback on your application. Drop-in sessions do not require an appointment and will be held from 2:00pm-7:00pm: January 31: West Philadelphia
http://www.leeway.org/apply-for-grants/about-the-grants.html

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Mesa Refuge
The Mesa Refuge is a writers’ retreat located in Point Reyes Station, CA. It is one of the few retreats in the United States that supports people writing about nature, economics and social equity. Since 1998, we have granted residencies to over 500 writers. The Refuge offers two and four-week residencies to writers who need the solitude essential to creative work. Essayists, journalists, economists, naturalists, screenwriters and authors of memoirs. The Refuge hosts three residents at a time. Each enjoys a private room in a spacious shared house. Location Point Reyes Station, California. Room and most dinners are provided at no cost, however donations are welcome. Travel to and from Point Reyes is each resident’s responsibility. Application fee of $25 to cover administrative costs.
http://www.mesarefuge.org/

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North Dakota Fellowships
The Individual Artist Fellowship program recognizes practicing artists residing in North Dakota with a monetary fellowship award. The program is designed to support professional artists with outstanding talent and ability to improve their artistic skills and enhance their career opportunities. Fellowships for literary and musical artists are now available for 2013. Award amount: $2,500. Deadline date: February 15, 2013.
http://www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html

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For more grant offers check out these websites periodically: Mira’s List and Res Artis  (international, can be sorted by deadlines)

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Cape Cod Fellowship for Writers

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Located in a rustic fishing village with a storied history as an arts colony, the Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to twenty writers and artists 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 on the lovely peninsula of Cape Cod.
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Provincetown, Massachusetts

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The location of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown provides an environment renowned for its beauty and artistic heritage.  Surrounded by dunes and beaches now protected by the Cape Cod National Seashore, Provincetown was the Pilgrims’ first port of landing in 1620 and developed into a colorful Portuguese fishing community and the nation’s most enduring art colony.
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The Work Center is situated on Pearl Street near the commercial center of Provincetown on the site of the historic Days Lumberyard, where studios have been used since 1914 to the likes of Charles Hawthorne, Edwin Dickinson, Ross Moffett, Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell, and Helen Frankenthaler, among many others.
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Writing Fellowship must be submitted in hard copy with a postmark on or before December 1, 2012. We do not accept electronic submissions for the Writing Fellowship. Applications can be downloaded at: http://fawc.org/fellowships/fel_app_guidelines_write.php

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GRANTS: Writers-in-Residence CANADA

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Haig-Brown Writer in Residence, Vancouver Island
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Published authors are being invited to apply for the 2013-2014 Haig-Brown House Writer in Residence position. The residency entails spending the winter months (or a portion thereof) living in the Haig-Brown Heritage House, which is under the management of the Museum at Campbell River.
For those who are not familiar with the West Coast: Winter on Vancouver Island is almost like Summer in San Francisco.
The very modest four bedroom house reflects the character of writer Roderick Haig-Brown and his wife Ann. Located in a peaceful setting on the banks of the Campbell River on Vancouver Island, it contains a Heritage library and is surrounded by two acres of garden and 17 acres of public parkland.
The writer’s time will be divided between pursuing personal writing projects and providing literary advice and support to the local community, with writing time favored on a 60/40 basis (as per Canada Council’s Author Residencies Program guidelines). The writer would also participate in Museum winter programming.

A stipend of up to $2000 per month, depending on available funding, will be provided.
Please include a resume (maximum two pages), a list of publications, a one-page proposal of anticipated community activities, and a sample of work in progress (20 pages); with reasons why the residency would further your work. Forward your application package to Sandra Parrish, Museum at Campbell River, Box 70 Stn A, Campbell River, BC V9W 4Z9.
For further information contact sandra.parrish@crmuseum.ca   Deadline January 31, 2013.
http://www.haig-brown.bc.ca/writer-in-residence.html

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Berton House Writers’ Retreat , Dawson City, Yukon Territory
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Professional Canadian writers who have one published book and are established in any creative literary discipline(s) — fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, journalism — are all encouraged to apply.

The following is a list of the possible retreat times:
* January, February, March
* April, May, June
* July, August, September
* October, November, December

The Writers’ Retreat Provides: The Writer’s Retreat offers writers time and a remote location to pursue their professional projects. The writer will be housed in the Berton House at no cost in rent or utilities. A monthly honorarium is provided to help cover food and other living expenses. Travel costs to and from Dawson will be covered!
The writer is responsible for a public reading in Whitehorse and Dawson City and a summary of their stay at Berton House, including any press clippings from local newspapers.

The writer is also encouraged to:
* interface with the public and the local literary community
* feature their work in local newspapers and on local radio stations
* avail themselves for interviews with local media
* hold writing workshops in the community and/or at the schools and colleges

Applications may be submitted by mail or email to: jdavies@writerstrust.com
Berton House Writers’ Retreat,
c/o The Writers’ Trust of Canada
200-90 Richmond St. East,
Toronto, ON M5C 1P1
http://www.bertonhouse.ca/retreat.html

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Ever Applied for a Writers Grant? Try These:

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Dreaming of writing full time, but just don’t have the money to make the writer’s life a reality? Grants for aspiring writers might offer the aid to supplement your income until you will get established. Many organizations offer grants for writers to help them to complete their projects or help even during emergencies. 
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Stephen King’s “The Haven Foundation”
He writes: “I was struck by a careless driver and nearly killed while taking my daily walk. It was ten months before I was able to work productively again. My friend Frank Muller, suffered terrible head injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident. My response to this has been the creation of The Haven Foundation.”
Applications and all supporting documentation for the current round of grants must be received no later than November 23rd, 2012. All applications received after that date will be held for the next round of grants.
http://www.thehavenfdn.org/

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California Writers Award
The California Writers Exchange contest introduces emerging writers from California to the New York literary community and provides them a network for professional advancement. Every third year, writers in California are invited to submit manuscripts. Judges review the entries and select a winning poet and fiction writer. Winners are flown to New York City for an all-expenses-paid, weeklong trip to meet with literary agents, editors, publishers, and writers, and to give a public reading. Includes $500 stipend.
Deadline August 31, 2012
http://www.pw.org/about-us/california_writers_exchange_award

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Louisiana Cultural Grants
The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Economic Opportunity Fund (EOF) is designed to increase the entrepreneurial capacity and economic health of cultural economy producers. These funds are targeted to unique opportunities to earn income that are not a part of the applicant’s regular work or programming. Louisiana’s cultural economy is defined as the people, enterprises, and communities that transform cultural skills, knowledge, and ideas into economically productive goods, services, and places. It includes: visual arts and crafts, performing arts, film, digital media, music, culinary arts, design, traditional culture bearers, entertainment, LITERARY ARTS and humanities, architecture and historic preservation.
Deadline August 31, 2012
http://culturaleconomy.org/

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Sustainable Arts Grant
Our program focuses on awards to individual artists and writers with families. Specifically, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18. We welcome applicants from anywhere, but will give some preference to residents of the San Francisco Bay area. Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award: $6,000. There will be multiple winners for each award. Additionally, we will be awarding a number of smaller $1,000 Promise Awards to those applicants whose work may not qualify for the main awards, but nonetheless demonstrates both skill and potential. The foundation offers awards in two major categories: visual arts and writing. We encourage writers working in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to apply.
Deadline September 1, 2012
http://www.sustainableartsfoundation.org/apply

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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.
Deadline: February 28, 2013
http://www.mysterywriters.org/?q=AwardsPrograms-McCloy

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Funding for workshops by Poets & Writers
To support as many literary events as possible, we generally grant no more than $1,500 to organizations in New York State and California, and $500 to organizations in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, Seattle, Tucson, and Washington, D.C., during the course of our fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). Decisions on maximum grant amounts are based on the availability of funds and are made at the discretion of Poets & Writers. Grants for readings or spoken word performances range from $50 to $350. Grants for workshops range from $100 to $200 per session. We encourage organizations to match our payments to writers, but this requirement may be waived if there are extenuating circumstances.
http://www.pw.org/content/funding_readingsworkshops

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newARTS Wiscounsin
newARTS can act as a fiscal receiver for Brown County-based arts initiatives. Most independent artists and small or new arts organizations lack the important 501(c)(3) tax status that makes public grants and private donations legal and desirable. newARTS welcomes applications from either short-term but impactful projects as well as new initiatives seeking their own non-profit status, as a way to support the creation of new projects, until there are financial and structural plans in place for the initiatives to sustain their own non-profit status.
http://www.newartscouncil.org/FiscalReceivership.html

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National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships
Through Literature Fellowships to published creative writers and translators of exceptional talent in the areas of prose and poetry, the Arts Endowment advances its goal of encouraging and supporting artistic creativity and preserving our diverse cultural heritage. Creative Writing Fellowships enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Grants are for $25,000. Deadline in March.The next awards will be for fiction or creative nonfiction. Translation Projects enable recipients to translate work from other languages into English. Grants are for $12,500 or $25,000, depending upon the artistic excellence and merit of the project. Deadline is January 2013.
http://arts.endow.gov/grants/apply/Lit.html

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The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation
The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation awards yearly grants to playwrights who submit full-length plays, screenplays, musicals or operas. All works submitted must present the gay and lesbian lifestyle in a positive manner and be based on, or inspired by, a historic person, culture, event, or work of art. Writing contests close on November 30th of each year. Grants are $1,000 and are not limited to a single winner. The Foundation also offers grants (usually of $1,000) to production companies to offset expenses in producing gay-positive theatrical works based on history. Submission deadline is November 30, 2012.
http://aabbfoundation.org/

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Library of Virginia
The Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry, founded in 2005, is given each year to a poet with strong connections to the Commonwealth of Virginia. The $10,000 annual prize recognizes significant recent contributions to the art of poetry and is awarded on the basis of a range of achievements in the field of poetry. Also awarded at the Celebration are the Annual People’s Choice Awards for the best works of fiction and nonfiction by a Virginia author and the Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award for Children’s Literature. Voting for this year’s People’s Choice Awards has closed. Finalists for the 2012 Library of Virginia Literary Awards have been announced. The winner in each category will be announced at the Awards Celebration on October 20, 2012. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 awards.
http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards/nominate.asp

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12 Tips for Your Crowdfunding Project

 

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I wrote already about Kickstarter and IndieGoGo and other crowdfunding companies on this blog. Here are some valuable tips that will help your crowdfunding project:
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1. Research carefully all crowdfunding offers and read all of their guidelines and instructions. Follow lots of their “customers” and see how they are establishing and marketing their funding pley.
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2. Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and credit card companies do take a big cut! And it says this when you sign up… So, calculate this percentage into your budget.
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3. Make a business plan. YES, start your crowdfunding organized! This is a business! Check out your suppliers (funding companies), calculate conservatively the money you need and a little cushion for hidden expenses.
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4. Create a compelling pitch. If you’re crowdfunding donations, your fund-raising pitch should focus on emotions and get donors excited about your business, your product or service and your entrepreneurial passion. Decide the length of your campaign. If you go too short, it might not be enough time to get the word out, most campaigns are between 30 – 45 days.

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5. Prepare at the same time your update strategy – and prepare help to send out mails, either friends or a professional mass mail company. Don’t stop with one initial offer, your funders love to hear frequently from you, how the funding process and later the implantation process goes along. They love to see a result!

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6. Create attractive rewards for your funders – it must not be neccessarely monetary, at least not for the under $100 funds, but it should be a customized gift or one that shows your appeciation, such as a mentioning in a book or a film.

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7. Understand who your target audience is, where fans live online and how to reach them on social media. Prepare a spread sheet with email addresses as well and mobilize all your friends, family and aquintances to help you spread the word. Pre-promote your project on Facebook, Twitter, Email, Tumblr, Google+, or Linked and have at least thousand potential prospects before you start your campaign.

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8. Shoot a short, compelling video – or even better, several short videos, featuring yourself, explaining the project and showing enthusiasm. Get the media onboard, online and in print, try to get interviews and share your video(s).

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9. Create dialogues with backers, fans and media. Crowdfunding requires that you stay at the front of minds. And say thank you right away when they are donating and short before the campaign is finished.

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10. Imagine how valuable it would be to have a celebrity, respected industry leader or publisher endorse your project. Be creative to find them and get them on board. Get out of your comfort zone and let everyone, even strangers know about your project.

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11. Everyone loves to hear a story. What makes you’re project different from the next one? Explain to your audience what makes your project unique and share where the idea for your project came from.

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12. Be patient. Initially, you will get a bust from the people who jump in early then there will be a trickle… This is when you have to dig in, show maybe new videos, write updates, ask for more leds and be determined.

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Indiewire.com

Rollingstone.com

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Pozible.com

Smartpei.typepad.com

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10 Important Steps when Applying for Grants

The Road Ahead


Part 2 of 2, see also Part 1 of How to Apply for Funding

Everyone knows Kickstarter and IndieGoGo in the meantime. But there are other sources to fund writing projects, workshops, prints, publicizing efforts or lectures. Writers and small publishers are offered quite a number of grants and funding money.

Most are geared towards projects, rather than core funding. Think writing projects for example instead of business/office supply or salaries. Grant categories by private and government organizations could also include:

  • Planning grants
  • Seed money or start-up grants
  • Technical assistance grants
  • Endowment grants

How to apply for GRANTS
Successful proposals are not done in an afternoon. They require strategic planning, research, preparing the proposal, building an evaluation plan, and follow-up. But once you are over the learning curve, all your following proposals will be a breeze.
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1. Study the organization and successful grants. Some of them make samples of grant proposels they have funded online available. You can see the “language” they prefer and get an idea what type of projects were successful. Learn and understand the meanings of the vocabulary being used in grant guidelines. It’s important how well your written presentation answers their questions.
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2. Show an interest in the Funders’ organization, call them for further information and find out the name of the person you should address the proposal if it is not stated specifically.

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3. Create your proposal in a way for the funder organization to conclude it will fulfill their philanthropic mission. Offer a concise plan to fill a need or solve a problem.

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3. Adhere strict to their guidelines, help them to evaluate your proposal easily. Your reader (decision maker) will evaluate your plan according to what you are proposing. And how your project can benefit others.

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4. Provide a detailed budget and outline how the funds will be used.

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5. Show them what you can do and how your past experience will help you achieve your objectives with this grant. Write it in a positive language.

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6. Explain in detail what you or your organization does and why the grantor can trust you or your organization to handle the project and money appropriately.

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7. Add an executive summary written in non-technical language, or include your own glossary of terms, explaining technical language used in the proposal.

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8. Convince the grantor that your project is vitally important, that you can accomplish it, that it can be done within the budget parameters, and that no one else is meeting that need.

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9. Break your plan down into specific steps that are tied to a specific, well-designed timeline.

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10. State exactly how you will evaluate your success and how you will follow up. Show your long-term vision and that the project is “sustainable.”  Good luck!

 

More blogs regarding Grants – Find Money to Make Your Writing Dreams Come True:

http://www.miraslist.com/2009/04/finding-money-for-your-dreams.html
http://www.miraslist.com/2009/03/italian-residencies.html
http://www.miraslist.com/2009/04/fubright-grants-inside-scoop.html
http://www.resartis.org/en/news/upcoming_deadlines/
Grants for Writers listing

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/grants-writer-in-residence-usa/
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/grants-writers-in-residence-canada/
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/ever-applied-for-a-writers-grant-try-these/
http://grantspace.org/Tools/Knowledge-Base/Individual-Grantseekers/Artists/Funding-for-writers

National Endowment for the Arts
Fulbright Intl. foundation
http://artswriters.org/guidelines.html

http://www.writing-world.com/international/grants.shtml
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/grants-for-writers-1-in-3-proposals-funded/http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/grants-and-awards-for-writers-get-the-money-apply/

 

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Grants and Awards for Writers – Get the Money! Apply!

How to Apply for Funding:
Among the country’s largest grant makers, in average one proposal in three is typically funded. Study the requirements carefully, ask for copies of grant proposals they have previously funded. Some samples can even be found on their websites or other resources available online. Write your proposal in a positive manner and language and proof-read it carefully. Explain how your project can benefit others. For more tips on how to apply for funding stay tuned for the next blog, click on follow at the top of this site and receive a notification when a new blog post appears.

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Creative Capital – Warhol Foundation
The next application will open in April 2013. The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through grants issued directly to individual authors. The first program of its kind, it was founded in recognition of both the financially precarious situation of arts writers and their indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture. Arts Writers Grant applications will be accepted in the five following project types: Article, Blog, Book, New and Alternative Media, and Short-Form Writing. For more information on Grant Programs and Guidelines join the email list.
http://artswriters.org/application.html

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California Writers Award
The California Writers Exchange contest introduces emerging writers from California to the New York literary community and provides them a network for professional advancement. Every third year, writers in California are invited to submit manuscripts. Judges review the entries and select a winning poet and fiction writer. Winners are flown to New York City for an all-expenses-paid, weeklong trip to meet with literary agents, editors, publishers, and writers, and to give a public reading. Includes $500 stipend.
Deadline August 31, 2012
http://www.pw.org/about-us/california_writers_exchange_award

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Louisiana Cultural Grants
The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Economic Opportunity Fund (EOF) is designed to increase the entrepreneurial capacity and economic health of cultural economy producers. These funds are targeted to unique opportunities to earn income that are not a part of the applicant’s regular work or programming. Louisiana’s cultural economy is defined as the people, enterprises, and communities that transform cultural skills, knowledge, and ideas into economically productive goods, services, and places. It includes: visual arts and crafts, performing arts, film, digital media, music, culinary arts, design, traditional culture bearers, entertainment, LITERARY ARTS and humanities, architecture and historic preservation.
Deadline August 31, 2012
http://culturaleconomy.org/

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Quick Funds – Idaho
Open to emerging and established artists who have attained a certain level of proficiency as represented by work samples, the grants provide timely assistance for projects, activities, or travel to seminars, workshops, and conferences. Quick Projects requests can be for up to $1,500 with a cash match of 1:3 (example: request $1,500, match $500). Individuals in all disciplines may apply for a project or activity, with a maximum request of $1,500. Professional Development requests can be for up to $750 with a cash match of 1:1.
http://www.arts.idaho.gov/grants/indquick.aspx

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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 classes, workshops, seminars to which scholarship funds would be applied.
Deadline: February 28, 2013
http://www.mysterywriters.org/?q=AwardsPrograms-McCloy

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Funding for workshops by Poets & Writers
To support as many literary events as possible, we generally grant no more than $1,500 to organizations in New York State and California, and $500 to organizations in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, Seattle, Tucson, and Washington, D.C., during the course of our fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). Decisions on maximum grant amounts are based on the availability of funds and are made at the discretion of Poets & Writers. Grants for readings or spoken word performances range from $50 to $350. Grants for workshops range from $100 to $200 per session. We encourage organizations to match our payments to writers, but this requirement may be waived if there are extenuating circumstances. We make grants for writers’ fee payments only. Grant checks are payable to the writer and sent to the sponsor, which is responsible for delivering them to the author. We do not fund administrative costs, publicity, transportation, or other expenses related to producing events.
http://www.pw.org/content/funding_readingsworkshops

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Sustainable Arts Foundation
Our program focuses on awards to individual artists and writers with families. Specifically, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18. We welcome applicants from anywhere, but will give some preference to residents of the San Francisco Bay area. Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award: $6,000. There will be multiple winners for each award. Additionally, we will be awarding a number of smaller $1,000 Promise Awards to those applicants whose work may not qualify for the main awards, but nonetheless demonstrates both skill and potential. The foundation offers awards in two major categories: visual arts and writing. We encourage writers working in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to apply.
Deadline September 1, 2012.
http://www.sustainableartsfoundation.org/apply

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newARTS Wiscounsin
newARTS can act as a fiscal receiver for Brown County-based arts initiatives. Most independent artists and small or new arts organizations lack the important 501(c)(3) tax status that makes public grants and private donations legal and desirable. newARTS welcomes applications from either short-term but impactful projects as well as new initiatives seeking their own non-profit status, as a way to support the creation of new projects, until there are financial and structural plans in place for the initiatives to sustain their own non-profit status.
http://www.newartscouncil.org/FiscalReceivership.html

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National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships
Through Literature Fellowships to published creative writers and translators of exceptional talent in the areas of prose and poetry, the Arts Endowment advances its goal of encouraging and supporting artistic creativity and preserving our diverse cultural heritage. Creative Writing Fellowships enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Grants are for $25,000. Deadline in March. The last awards were for poetry. The next will be for prose (fiction or creative nonfiction). Translation Projects enable recipients to translate work from other languages into English. Grants are for $12,500 or $25,000, depending upon the artistic excellence and merit of the project. Deadline is January.
http://arts.endow.gov/grants/apply/Lit.html

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Startnext – Crowdfunding jetzt auch in Deutschland

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Was in den Staaten sehr erfolgreich mit Kickstarter oder IndieGoGo vorgemacht wurde, und leider nur fuer Amerikaner oder US Firmen genutzt werden kann, laeuft jetzt auch in Deutschland seit ueber einem Jahr an:
Das sogenannte Crowdfunding, die Finanzierung von einzelnen kuenstlerischen und kulturellen Projekten durch gespendete Gelder. Eine grandiose Idee fuer Autoren um zum Beispiel ihr digitales Buch in ein gedrucktes Werk umzuwandeln oder fuer Fotografen, um einen kuenstlerischen Bildband zu erstellen.
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Mit Startnext  koennen Starter wie zum Beispiel Autoren, Journalisten, Musiker, Filmemacher, Designer, Fotografen und andere Kuenstler ihre Projekte durch viele einzelne Personen finanzieren lassen (Crowdfunding). Im Gegenzug bekommen die Supporter, also die Fans, Freunde, Bekannte, Familie, Firmen und Maezene vom Starter einzigartige Dankeschoens, wie z.B. eine unterschriebene CD, eine Nennung im Abspann oder eine Erwaehnung im Buch. Fans koennen hautnah bei der Entstehung eines Projektes dabei sein oder sogar in den Prozess involviert werden, Firmen nutzen Startnext fuer ihr Kultursponsoring und CSR Marketing.
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4.618.624,24 Euro – 870 Projekte erfolgreich finanziert
Startnext ist die größte Crowdfunding-Plattform für Künstler, Kreative und Erfinder im deutschsprachigen Raum. Projektstarter können ihre Projekte auf Startnext mit der Unterstützung von vielen Menschen finanzieren. Die Supporter bekommen als Gegenleistung individuelle Dankeschöns wie Design-Produkte, limitierte Ausgaben von Büchern, CDs oder Kunstwerken, Einladungen zu Premieren oder andere Belohnungen. Das Geld wird erst ausgezahlt, wenn der Starter sein Fundingziel erreicht – andernfalls geht das Geld an die Supporter zurück und neue Projekte können unterstützt werden.

Projekte koennen beim Crowdfunding uebrigens auch ueberfinanziert werden, d.h. wenn eine geplante Summe ueberschritten wird, erhaelt der Starter diese auch.

Und so funktioniert es:
Wer eine kreative Idee hat, aber nicht das entsprechende Kleingeld, meldet sich bei Startnext an und startet ein neues Projekt. Man beschreibt seine Idee mit Texten, Bildern oder auch einem Video, definiert die benoetigte Summe, legt eine Deadline fest und ueberlegt sich gestaffelte Dankeschoens, die die Supporter als Gegenleistung fuer ihre finanzielle Unterstuetzung bekommen.
Danach veroeffentlichst man seine Projektseite und ist zunaechst in der Startphase. In der Phase sammelt man Fans und kann mit dem Feedback aus dem Netzwerk der Fans noch seine Projektpraesentation verbessern. Wenn man eine bestimmte Anzahl an Fans gesammelt hat (die Anzahl ist abhaengig vom Finanzierungsziel), startest man in die Finanzierungsphase.
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Buecher finanzieren
Warum als Schriftsteller nicht diese fantastische Moeglichkeit nutzen um eine unabhaengige Publikation zu foerdern und schon im Vorfeld Leser und Rezensoren zu gewinnen? Ein Pluspunkt – oder vielmehr eine absolute Notwendigkeit – ist es, wirklich erst einmal die Vermarktung anzukurbeln, bevor man dieses Finanzierungsprojekt beginnt. Aber dies ist ja bei jedem Buchprojekt wichtig, egal ob selbst- oder fremdfinanziert.

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Fellowships & Grants for Writers / Artists

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These cash awards will help artists and other arts professionals, such as writers, take advantage of impending, concrete opportunities that will significantly advance their work and careers. The awards are for unique, short-term opportunities that do not constitute routine completion of work in progress. 

Alaska Career Opportunity Grants
For Alaskans (for professional artists, arts educators and professionals) only: Career Opportunity Grants between $300 and $1,000 are providing financial assistance to engaged in arts administration for travel to events, programs or seminars; and for other activities that will contribute to the strength of the applicant’s professional standing or skill.
Quarterly Deadlines: June 1, September 1, December 1, March 1
http://alaska.cgweb.org/page.php?id=16

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Nevada Artist Fellowship
The Artist Fellowship Grant seeks to recognize and reward outstanding individual artists living in Nevada who demonstrate excellence in their work. Grant awards go to individual artists in each category – literary, performing, and visual arts.  All applicants are required to be a practicing professional artist, be a Nevada resident for 12 months prior to application date, have U.S. citizenship or legal resident status and be least 21 years old, and not be a degree-seeking student.
http://nac.nevadaculture.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1043&Itemid=412

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San Francisco Writers Conference Scholarships
1. The Kevin Smokler Scholarship
Write a 250-word article or story telling us why writing is important to you and/or why you want to write. Send submissions to Elizabeth Pomada at sfwriterscon@aol.com . The prize is a registration to the Conference. Deadline for entries is January 12, 2013.

2. The Bharti Kirchner- Ethnic Writing Scholarship
To enter, please send the first 5-8 double spaced pages of a novel-in-progress in which the protagonist is a person of ethnicity, living in either the U.S., or abroad, contemporary or historical. The manuscript must have a title. Also include a one-paragraph description of the work. Submission guidelines: send two email copies with no attachments, one to Bharti Kirchner at bhartik@aol.com and the other to Elizabeth Pomada at sfwriterscon@aol.com . Please include your name, address, phone number, and email address. Deadline January 2, 2013. The prize is a registration to the Conference.
http://sfwriters.org/scholarships/

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Glimpse Correspondents Program
The Glimpse Correspondents Program is currently accepting applications from writers, journalists, photographers and filmmakers who are working, living, studying or volunteering outside of their home countries for a period of at least 10 weeks. If you are abroad and are looking for editorial support for a work-in-progress or a funded opportunity to develop a particular story, we want to hear from you. Each fall and spring, Glimpse accepts 10 correspondents into the program. These correspondents are expected to produce two long-form feature stories and/or photo essays, and in return receive one-on-one support from professional editors, free tuition to MatadorU (worth $350), career training in travel writing and photography, a $600 stipend, and publication on MatadorNetwork.com and Glimpse.org. Applications for the Fall 2012 session are open until July 30, 2012. Application Fee $25
http://www.glimpse.org

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Are you a Writer or Artist Living in New York City?

Low Income Artists – including Writers! Are Eligible for Peer Loan Programs
Access to credit is a key resource for artists. The current global credit crisis strikes hardest at those without current access to credit, those who lack collateral, and those with poor credit records or no credit history – a fair description of many low-income artists.
In peer lending, accountability and program participation replace credit history and collateral to secure loans. Additionally, peer lending and micro-loans can serve as a bridge for un-banked and under-served individuals to move toward more traditional sources of credit.

The goal is to provide these artists with financial training, to broaden their access to existing credit sources, and to create new sources of loan capital to develop arts businesses and increase homeownership. This program is designed to serve the most vulnerable members of New York City’s culture sector, while catalyzing economic development in the City’s most under-served neighborhoods. It is also designed as a flexible support framework which can be applied more broadly to catalyze a wide range of new types of entrepreneurship and next-generation home- and web-based businesses.  Artists have access, among others, to the following Project Enterprise opportunity:

Peer Lending Program – Project Enterprise’s oldest and largest 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 – An accelerated version of Project Enterprise’s Peer Lending Program, the Fast Track is 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.

This program is funded by The Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund
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