Grants for Writers: 1 in 3 Proposals Funded!

02 Sep

Writers Residency & Grant


Among the country’s largest grant makers, in average one proposal in three is typically funded. Read in a recent post of this blog: How to Apply for Funding.  Study their requirements carefully, ask for copies of grant proposals they have been previously funded. Some samples can even be found on websites or other resources available online. Write your proposal in a positive manner and language and proof-read it carefully. Create a good cover letter template and an application template and keep it in your computer files, then customize those files to fit specific grants and contest applications.

Illinois Arts Council
The Illinois Arts Council recognizes that individual artists are the keystone to the creation of art. Individual Artist Professional Development (IA-PD) seeks to support professional development opportunities related to an individual artist’s career. Grant amounts for IA-PD are $500 or $750 Individual Artist Support funds will help Illinois artists realize career goals, take advantage of professional opportunities, and/or produce projects or bodies of work for public viewing. The IAS program represents the Arts Council’s commitment to continuing to support the work of individual artists. Deadline September 14, 2012. If sending via USPS or other mailing service: postmarked September 14, 2012

Residency at Chateau de La Napoule, Mandelieu-La Napoule, France
LNAF’s General Residency offers up to ten artists a four week period to live and work at the Château de La Napoule. At its core is a belief in the value of the shared experience of personal, professional and artistic discovery that takes place within a supportive environment of peers.
Group Residency: This residency offers up to ten artists a five week period to live and work at the Château de La Napoule. At its core is a belief in the value of the shared experience of personal, professional and artistic discovery that takes place within a supportive environment of peers. This program promotes opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue and artistic exchange. This residency is open to all artistic genres and artists from across the globe. Selected artists receive housing and most meals. Deadline: September 30, 2012. Contact


ART342 Residences
ART342 hosts local, national and international artists for 14-week and 6-week sessions during the spring  summer and fall. We are able to accommodate most visual artists, including creative writers, and composers. Free studio space, a modest weekly stipend and living arrangements are awarded to select residents. We restrict the sessions to the artist only without pets, children, companions, visitors or local interruptions. Location Fort Collins, CO. Application deadline: October 1. There are no fees for housing or studio facilities. However, the residents are responsible for their own groceries, supplies and spending money. $100/week for out-of-town residents.

Massachusetts Artist Fellowship Program
We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2013 Artist Fellowships Program. The Artist Fellowships provide direct, unrestricted support to Massachusetts artists in recognition of exceptional original work. MCC’s Artist Fellowships are competitive, anonymously-judged grants for individual artists, with awards based solely on the artistic excellence of the original work submitted. The 2013 Artist Fellowships Program accepts applications among others in the following categories: Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation. Online applications available now. Application deadline: October 1, 2012


Pine Manor College Fellowships
The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing offers four fellowships for students starting the program during the winter residency/spring semester: the Michael Steinberg Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, the Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction, the Jacqueline Woodson Fellowship for a Young People’s Writer of African or Caribbean Descent, and the Sharon Olds.
Fellowship for Poetry: These Fellowships provide $1000 toward first-semester tuition for four students who begin the program during the winter residency/spring semester. Applicants who want to be considered for a genre-based fellowship should submit a general application form no later than October 15, 2012.

The Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University
A fellowship will be given to writers and other artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the 2013-2014 academic year. Hodder Fellows may be writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists and performance artists who have “much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts;” they are selected more “for promise than for performance.” Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields; the
Hodder is designed to provide Fellows with the “studious leisure” to undertake significant new work. Hodder Fellows spend an academic year at Princeton, but no formal teaching is involved. A $68,000 stipend is provided! Fellowships cannot fund work leading to the Ph.D. One need not be a U.S. citizen to apply. Apply by November 1, 2012 through the Princeton Human Resources website –; search Open Positions and enter key word “Hodder Fellows.”

Nevada Go Artist Grants
Professional Development Grant (PDG) promotes the continuing education of Nevada’s nonprofit arts industry to advance their work and careers through attendance at regional or national conferences, workshops, or seminars for skills training. For artists, educators, board members, and arts administrators, PDG funds cover costs associated with professional development activities on a reimbursement basis. Must demonstrate travel of at least 100 miles round-trip to qualify. Up to $650 for out-of-state activities, up to $500 for in-state opportunities and up to $350 to attend NAC sponsored activities. Individual artists of all disciplines, including fold and traditional artists and community scholars, teaching artists, arts educators.
New: Jackpot Grants will support arts education projects (previously funded through BETA Grants) that are designed and implemented by teaching artists, nonprofit arts and non-arts organizations, schools or public institutions. Examples of eligible projects include: art exhibitions, performances, readings and concerts, sponsoring of arts-related workshops and conferences, marketing and promotional activities, planning, implementation, and/or evaluation of arts education programs for school-aged students or other target participants. Grant Amount: up to $1,000. Available on a first-come, first-served and reimbursement basis throughout the year while funds are available.

Check out these websites to find more writers residencies, grants and fellowships:
Mira’s List or  Res Artis  A database of world-wide
residencies, which you can search by discipline, keyword or country.  

If you are willing to take a little time and have a bit of courage, you will be able to reap the fruits of your labor. 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. Fear is your worst enemy. You really have nothing to lose when applying. The best remedy for fearing rejection is to apply for five to ten things at the same time.


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