Grants for Writers...
   

Money from grants is FREE money. Here a just a few that might be of interest to readers and grant seekers. Some grants are geared toward specific projects while others are based on a social need.  

These are legitimate grants. Be sure to read the guidelines and qualifications to determine your eligibility.  (see links below)

There Are Tons Of Small Business Grants For Women... But Where?
Funds are available to be claimed for grants from the government and other little-known organizations.


AMERICAN INDIAN SUMMER INSTITUTE
http://www.thundermountainmedia.com 
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July 16 - 21, 2006 - Los Angeles, CA. Presented by the FOX Entertainment Group Diversity Development Department in association with the Native Media and Technology Network. Twenty American Indian participants experience behind-the-scenes of the entertainment industry in an intensive six-day hands-on workshop, lecture series and field trips held in Los Angeles. Participant desired age range is 18 and 25. Once in Los Angeles, the Institute covers 100% of the cost of the program and related expenses, including lodging and meals. Roundtrip travel to Los Angeles is not included as part of these expenses. Native American participants can apply for up to $500 for airfare through NAPT’s Producer Opportunity Fund. 

ART WITHIN LABS
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$30 ENTRY FEE
Art Within Labs is a fellowship that fosters experimenting, innovating, and advancing the way authentic faith is blended with great storytelling. Compensation valued at $40,000 includes two dedicated story coaches consulting on script development, four quarterly retreats with flight 
transportation & lodging, feedback from industry professionals, a staged screenplay reading at Art Within’s Annual Symposium & Showcase in Atlanta and a $10,000 cash award. The deadline for applications is July 17, 2006.

SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION TRAVEL GRANT
 
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SLF travel grants are awarded to assist writers (speculative fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction) in their research. They are not currently available for academic research, though we hope to offer such funds in the future. We are currently offering one $600 travel grant annually, to be used to cover airfare, lodging, and/or other travel expenses. Our travel grants will be awarded by a committee of SLF staff members on the basis of interest and merit. Factors considered will include:

a one-page written description of the project in question, including details on the travel location and an estimated completion date (no more than 500 words) 

a writing sample in the proposed genre (up to 10 pages of poetry, 10 pages of drama, or 5,000 words of fiction or creative nonfiction); please note that the writing sample must be a solo work (work completed only by the applicant)

a bibliography of previously-published work by the author (no more than one page, typed); applicants need not have previous publications to apply. 

If awarded the grant, the recipient agrees to write a brief report of their research experience (500-1,000 words) for our files, and for possible public dissemination on our website. Deadline September 30, 2006.

SEA CHANGE COTTAGE RESIDENCY

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Sea Change Cottage served as a bakery for the tiny Long Point settlement in its years across the bay. Today, this beautiful antique home serves as a unique retreat for artist and activists, women and men whose artistic visions for social change – through performance, writing, and the visual arts – are creating new possibilities and profound change in their respective communities and beyond. Sea Change Residencies offer four to eight week residencies and a stipend of $600 per week to nominees deeply involved in a variety of movements, from radical feminism to hip hop theatre, from anti-globalization to justice for American Indians. The Sea Change Residencies’ values are simple: Support artists and activists whose stunning work is re-creating definitions of “center” and “margins”, whose commitment stems from a determination to shift structures of power that are as common as air, and lethal to the core. 

THE MAUREEN HAYES AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR VISIT AWARD

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Funded from Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing to honor Maureen Hayes for her lifelong efforts to bring together children and authors/illustrators. Used to pay for the honorarium and travel for a visiting author/illustrator. Maximum amount of the award is $4,000. The award will be given for three years, beginning in 2006. The deadline for submissions for the second award year (2007) is December 1, 2006.

CALIFORNIA DOCUMENTARY PROJECT GRANTS
 
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This grants program is designed to encourage documentarians of the new millennium to create enduring images and text of contemporary California life much like Dorothea Lange and John Steinbeck documented the Dust Bowl era. The deadline for submitting proposals is October 2, 2006. Application available at website.

KOKORO STUDIO RETREAT CENTER
RR1, Box 192
Castleton, VT 05735
(802) 273-2278; Fax: (802) 273-3402
Email: kokoro@sover.net  
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Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Located in the foothills of the Green Mountains, offers artists a retreat space with an open studio environment. Open to visual artists, writers, theater artists, and all other disciplines. Brochures available. 

JONATHAN LARSON PERFORMING ARTS FOUNDATION

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The Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation was created to provide encouragement and financial assistance to composers, lyricists and book writers as well as nonprofit producing companies. Our current priority is on individual creative artists working in musical theatre. Grant awards are based on merit and need, with particular attention to talent, commitment and dedication to an ongoing career in musical theatre. Average grant awards in prior years have ranged from $2,500 to $15,000. Individuals may apply for general support for the ongoing development of their work, or support for a particular project. Collaborators who work together regularly are encouraged to apply as a team. United States citizenship is not a requirement, but you must be eligible to work in the U.S. and reside/work here on at least a part-time basis. Deadline: September 15, 2006.

A ROOM OF HER OWN FOUNDATION
 
---$35 APPLICATION FEE
The annual Gift of Freedom award is up to $50,000 and is for creative women who apply for support. To be selected for the Gift of Freedom, women applicants not only must demonstrate their talent, but also their motivation. We are looking for women who have solid creative goals and a specific project to accomplish during the two-year term of the grant. We are also interested in helping women who have a track record of commitment to their art and who are also making a substantial effort to be self-sufficient. The next award cycle will be in fall of 2006, and will be for fiction. Deadline February 1, 2007.

CAPELLI D'ANGELI GRANTS
 
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Capelli d'Angeli Foundation is dedicated to helping women artists with cancer. Our MISSION is to encourage women artists who are dealing with cancer at any stage, to focus on their art and their creative lives, rather than on their illness. The aim of the Foundation is to help these women maintain a positive attitude throughout the recovery process, by offering individual artist grants and creating opportunities for artists and writers to share their work.
 

SISTERS IN CRIME GRANTS

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SINC is offering $300 grants to independent booksellers and libraries who host Sisters in Crime authors! The grants must be used for additional publicity or advertising of the event. Please tell your favorite bookstore or library about them. We WANT to give away money! 

CHANGE EMERGENCY FUNDS
Change, Inc.
P.O. Box 54, Captiva, FL 33924 
Phone: (212) 473-3742 
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Awards of up to $1,000 for medical, living, or other emergencies. Open to artists of all disciplines, with no U.S. geographical restrictions; students are not eligible. Each applicant must submit a detailed letter describing the financial emergency, copies of outstanding bills, medical fee estimates, etc., and current financial statements, along with a career resume, exhibition or performance announcements, slides or photos of work and two letters of reference from someone in the affiliated field (no video tapes). Only complete applications will be accepted. Change, Inc does not issue more than one grant per person.

PEN AMERICAN CENTER WRITER'S FUND
 
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The PEN Writers Fund is an emergency fund for professionally published or produced—writers with serious financial difficulties. Depending on the situation, the fund gives grants or loans of up to $1,000. The maximum amount is given only under especially dire circumstances and when monies are available. The PEN Fund for Writers and Editors with HIV/AIDS, administered under the PEN Writers Fund, gives grants of up to $1,000 to professional writers and editors who face serious financial difficulties because of HIV or AIDS-related illness. The Writers Fund does not exist for research purposes, to enable the completion of writing projects, or to fund publications or organizations. The Writers Fund Committee meets approximately every two months to review applications. 

AUTHORS LEAGUE FUND - EMERGENCY FUNDS
31 East 28th Street 
New York, NY 10016 
Main Phone: (212)268-1208 
Main Fax: (212)564-5363 
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The Authors League Fund was established by the Authors League of America, Inc., to help career authors and dramatists in the United States and in financial distress due to an urgent situation. The Fund makes interest-free loans to professional writers in need; for example, writers with health problems and inadequate health insurance, or older writers whose income has ceased. Loan-seekers must show need and documentation of their professional status. 
Method of contact: telephone, letter or email. 

CLAYTON MEMORIAL MEDICAL FUND
c/o OSFCI
P.O. Box 5703
Portland, Oregon 97228 

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The fund helps professional science fiction and fantasy writers living in the Northwest states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska deal with the financial burden of illness. 

AMERICAN POETS FUND - EMERGENCY FUNDS
The Academy of American Poets
584 Broadway, Suite 1208
New York, NY 10012
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Assists poets of demonstrated ability who are in a state of urgent financial need. Grants cannot be used to promote or otherwise enhance literary talent or reputation, and applications are not accepted. Academy Chancellors, Fellows, and prize winners may bring the circumstances of qualifying poets to the attention of the American Poets Fund committee by sending a letter of nomination, including specifics about the nominee's current financial situation, to the Executive Director of the Academy. 

WRITERS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND 
(Formerly The Llewellyn Miller Fund of the American Society of Journalists and Authors Charitable Trust ) 
1501 Broadway, Ste. 302 
New York, NY 10036 
Tel: (212) 997-0947 
FAX: (212) 768-7414 

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Financial relief assistance to established, professional freelance writers of nonfiction books and magazine articles. Must be 60 years of age or older, disabled, or who face crisis. 

WRITER'S TRUST WOODCOCK FUND - EMERGENCY FUNDS
90 Richmond Street East
Suite 200, Toronto, Ontario
M5C 1P1
416-504-8222 / F- 416-504-9090

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Provides emergency funding for established writers in mid-project who are facing financial crisis. Since its inception, the Woodcock Fund has supported 103 Canadian writers in financial difficulty. The total amount dispersed to date is $380,000. 

JOHN ANSON KITTREDGE EDUCATIONAL FUND.

c/o Key Trust Company of Maine, P.O. Box 1054, Augusta, ME 04332 - Application Address, P.O. Box 2883, Cambridge, MA 02138

Grants awarded to artists in very special circumstances. $1,000 - $10,000. Initial contact by letter stating purpose, amount requested, period of funding, supporting letter.

COMING SOON --

SHEILA M. ADDISON MEMORIAL FUND

The fund is sponsored by the author to honor the memory of her best friend and to help inspiring writers residing in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia with financial burden of getting self published. (Coming soon -- details to follow).

   

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