Thank you for attending my presentation on Grants & Other Funding Opportunities for Writers & Artists. I hope it was helpful. I’d love to hear about your experiences — and hopefully, your successes — as you navigate these waters.
As promised here are my favorite resources that I check periodically for creative opportunities. I will update this page when I discover new lists or programs that impress me. So please check back regularly. By the way, this is a “hidden” page, in that it isn’t referenced within this website’s menu or structure. I share it only with clients and workshop attendees. So please be sure to save (bookmark) the page address in your browser.
I also post interesting opportunities for artists and writers on Facebook (Sally Wiener Grotta) and Twitter (@SallyWGrotta). Many of those that I post on social media won’t appear on this page, because they’re individual programs that may or may not be repeated annually.
Lists of Grants, Residencies, etc.
- The Authors Guild frequently posts information about contests, grants, and residencies. https://www.authorsguild.org/category/contests-grants/
- NYFA Source has over 12,000 national and international listings. You don’t have to be a New Yorker for most of them. source.nyfa.org/
- Women’s Arts database. Periodically check the right-hand sidebar on womenarts.org/funding-resources/index/
- Foundation Center Database is expensive but can be accessed free at a a number major libraries and other public places fconline.foundationcenter.org/. To find a place where you can use the Foundation database: learning.candid.org/find-us/
- Erika Dreifus Practicing Writer newsletter includes contests, calls for submissions, and other opportunities for writers only. erikadreifus.substack.com/ (She also posts opportunities on her twitter feed.)
- Funds For Writers has a hodgepodge but extensive list of all kinds of grants, residencies, fellowships, etc. Read them carefully; some require fees. fundsforwriters.com/grants/
- MidAtlantic Arts listings tend to be for artists, performers, and organizations. midatlanticarts.org/
A Couple of Noteworthy Organizations
- Speculative Literature Foundation has several grants for science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers speclit.org
- Creative Capital – Highly competitive fellowship program. creative-capital.org/about-the-creative-capital-award/ Even if you don’t apply (or don’t win a fellowship) get on their emailing list for monthly listings of other organizations’ grants, fellowships, and residencies.
I usually avoid those programs that require paying an entry fee. The few times I have broken that rule is when the organization will provide something of value to me (such as a subscription to a respected literary magazine), regardless of whether or not my application is successful. One other rare exception is when I feel strongly about the organization’s mission and achievements, and want to support it, whether or not they decide to support me.