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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.

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

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).

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

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.

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.

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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