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2 Fellowships & 1 Grant for Writers



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.


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.


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.




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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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:
Grants for Writers listing

National Endowment for the Arts
Fulbright Intl. foundation



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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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.

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.


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.

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$45,000 Stipend from Starr Center Fellowship Programs

For History buffs among writers: The Starr Center’s unique location makes it an ideal place to study and write about the American past.

Chestertown, Md., a beautiful colonial town in the Chesapeake tidewater region, provides a quiet oasis for thinking and writing.  In the Starr Center’s offices in the waterfront Custom House (c. 1746) and in the newly renovated Patrick Henry Fellows’ Residence (c. 1735), one is surrounded with the atmosphere of nearly three centuries of history.

Through its fellowship programs, the Starr Center supports innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the American past – especially by fostering the art of written history.

Visiting fellows find a place where they can retreat from daily responsibilities and focus on their writing projects – but also one where they are stimulated by interactions with students, faculty, and distinguished visitors. Location Charlestown, MD.

The Center’s Patrick Henry Visiting Fellowship supports outstanding writing on American history and culture by both scholars and nonacademic authors; it offers a $45,000 stipend for the academic year, plus living arrangements and other benefits.
Deadline for the 2012-13 Fellowship is February 15, 2012.

The Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellowship is open to applicants from a wide range of disciplines who are pursuing projects on the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830. The award supports two months of research and two months of writing. The stipend is $5,000 per month for a total of $20,000, plus housing and university privileges.
The deadline for the 2012-13 Fellowship is March 15, 2012.

The Center also offers other short- and longer-term fellowships in Chestertown, as well as special student research fellowships for Washington College undergraduates.


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Scholarships for Writers Conferences

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An early number of partial and full scholarships are available for application covering the $325 registration fee only. Transportation to and from Homer and conference activities, housing and incidentals are the recipient’s responsibility.

To apply, individuals must submit a letter describing why they want to attend the conference and the reasons for scholarship assistance need. Applications are due March 12. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 6.


Locations:  Washington DC, Boston MA, Los Angelos CA, San Francisco CA, New York City, Chicago IL.

We are committed to making The OpEd Project programs affordable for any woman who is committed to changing the world with her voice. To that end, we provide full and partial scholarships for up to 40% of participants in any seminar. Our scholarship protocol is as follows: We ask anyone requesting a scholarship to “pay in words” by sending us a request in writing telling us why the assistance is needed, what op-ed you are committed to writing, and how it will contribute to changing the world.

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