Grants and Fellowships After the MFA

As writers we don’t always get paid for our work. Here is a great list of grants and fellowships that can help supplement your income while you’re waiting for a big paying job. Most of these grants and fellowships come with writing opportunities and ways to get your name out there, helping with your end goals.

  1. Kathy Fish FellowshipThe winner of the 2017 Kathy Fish Fellowship will be considered a “writer-in-residence” at SmokeLong (virtual position) for four quarterly issues (March, June, September, and December 2017). Each issue will include one flash by the Fellowship winner. The winner of the Fellowship will also receive $500, to be paid as follows: $100 on announcement of the winner, and $100 upon publication of each of the four issues in 2017. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with SmokeLong staff and participate in online writing workshops. Deadline September 15, 2016.
  2. Indiana Arts in the Parks and Historical Sites Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites draws upon traditional and non-traditional arts and artists in Indiana, weaving arts into our state’s natural beauty and rural settings. Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites provides funding for arts program related projects that encourage the creation of and public engagement with art about the Indiana state park/forest system as well as Indiana State Historic Sites. Funding provides nonprofit organizations and individual artists to bring arts programs, services and artist in residencies to local communities. Deadline for individuals September 13, 2016. Up to $3,000 per project.
  3. Georgia Vibrant Communities GrantThe Vibrant Communities grant will fund arts projects in counties in which no organization received an FY17 GCA Project or Partner Grant. The complete list of eligible counties is available in the guidelines. This grant will fund programs such as performances, exhibits, residencies, workshops, festivals, etc. The grant is open to any non-profit, government entity, library or school. Applicants may request $1,000-$5,000. The grant requires a 50 percent cash match. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2016. The project must be completed by June 1, 2017.
  4. Holes in the Wall CollectiveThe Holes in Wall Collective Creative Residency Program is designed to span across many mediums and designations of creativity. We invite people across disciplines to engage with their practice and share collective space. Twenty-nine acres of woods, fields, pond, pool. Barn with studio space, worktables, rehearsal and workshop open space. Four bedroom cabin with full kitchen, living room, screened-in porch, working desks. Location New Jerusalem, Pennsylvania. Subsidized rates down to $35/night.
  5. Literary Grants available to those around the Washington DC Beltway– Covers DC as well as surrounding cities to include but not limited to Alexandria, Baltimore, and Arlington. And states like Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia. Great list of very active grants for individuals.
  6. Oklahoma Center for the Book-The Oklahoma Center for the Book (OCB) is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and is organized to focus attention on the vital role of books and reading in our lives. The Center promotes the past, current, and future works of Oklahoma authors; promotes the literary heritage of the state; and encourages reading for pleasure by Oklahomans of all ages.
  7. Art AIA– Creatives-In-Residence is a cultural center, a creative residency , located inside a farm in the Friulian countryside of Northern Italy, near the town of Sesto al Reghena in the province of Pordenone. The accommodation rental and studio fees vary according to the type of creative residency. If funding permits, an allowance for housing and materials may be available. No deadline.
  8. Elizabeth George Foundation-Mystery writer Elizabeth George has a foundation that makes grants to unpublished fiction writers, poets, emerging playwrights, and organizations benefiting disadvantaged youth. These grants cover expenses in a number of areas. For further information, write and request a brochure: The Elizabeth George Foundation, PO Box 1429, Langley, WA 98260.
  9. Seedful Art Aging Grants-Aroha Philanthropies is launching a new initiative and national grant opportunity, “Seeding Artful Aging.” As a subset of the broader field of creative aging, artful aging programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging. Successful artful aging programs are led by teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring joy, connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings. NOTE: You will need to partner with a nonprofit. Aroha will select up to 15 nonprofit organizations to participate in this demonstration project through a two-part application process. Grant awards will range from $15,000 to $50,000 for programming to begin on or after January 1, 2017 and be completed by November 30, 2017.
  10. Chulitna Lodge Artist in Residency-Chulitna Lodge Artist-In-Residence Program seeks to provide the time, space, clarity, and facilities for all forms of creative professionals to make and meditate. Full scholarships include Room & Board plus flight from anywhere in the continental U.S. and commuter flight from Anchorage to Port Alsworth and require a minimum of six weeks commitment between June 1 and Sept 30. Partial scholarships include Room & Board, but not transportation. Work study options are also available. All scholarship and work study artists are expected to participate in meal preparation, and clean up, and/or gardening.
  11. Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council– SEMAC will provide Individual Artist Grants to encourage the development of entirely original work by both Emerging Artists and Established Artists from the region.  Such works could include original literary or dramatic scripts, musical compositions, choreographies, visual arts creations, and interdisciplinary works. The original work must be earmarked for a public showcasing, via publication, performance, or exhibition, in conjunction with a non-profit arts organization. Individual Artist Grants of no less than $300 and no more than $2,500 will be considered for funding in the Emerging Artist category, and no more than $5,000 in the Established Artist category.
  12. Screenwriting Lab-The Screenwriting Lab also helps to further the careers of its Fellows by introducing them to film industry veterans who can offer guidance on both the craft and business of screenwriting. Each Screenwriting Fellow will be paired with a Creative Advisor, with whom they’ll work one-on-one and in Lab sessions to further develop their project over the course of the program. The Screenwriting Lab is open to any writer applying with a completed draft of a feature-length project they wish to workshop during the program, with an eye toward production. Beyond the application fee, there is no cost or tuition to participate in any of Film Independent’s Artist Development programs. Location Los Angeles. The fellowship includes a $10,000 cash grant as well as inclusion in the Screenwriting Lab.
  13. Don and Gerel Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting– This international screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. The competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship. All entrants must be aged over 18. The fellowships are intended for new and/or amateur screenwriters. In order to be eligible, an entrant’s total earnings for motion picture and television writing may not exceed US$25,000 before the end of the competition.
  14. Disney/ABC Television Writing Program-For over 25 years, the Disney | ABC Writing Program has been lauded as one of the most successful writer programs in the entertainment industry. The one-year program is the only program of its kind sanctioned by the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW). Writers become employees of Disney│ABC Television Group (DATG) and will be paid a weekly salary of $961.54 ($50,000 annualized) plus any applicable benefits for which they are eligible in accordance with the then-current Company benefits. The one-year program begins in February and ends in February of the following year. Opens to the public in May.
  15. Acre Residency-ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is an artist-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. Residency is at Steuben, WI. ACRE holds two 12-day residency sessions per summer and one 14-day residency session, and hosts 25-30 residents at a given time.
  16. Great Rivers Writers Retreat-The Great River Writers Retreat winner is selected from an applicant pool of writers from Iowa and Illinois across multiple genres, and allows the winner to spend a week working on a specific writing project they have underway. The winning Iowa or Illinois writer will receive a seven-day/six-night residency, from September 3 through 9, 2016, at the Benet House Retreat Center in Rock Island, Illinois, a travel stipend, and an invitation to read to the literary community of the Quad Cities.
  17. Maryland Performing Artist Roster-The Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster is a listing of Maryland-based artists who have a demonstrated history of successful, professional touring engagements. Artists who are appointed to the Roster have been selected through a peer review process in which they are rated on artistic merit and recommendations from those presenting organizations where they have previously performed.
  18. Woodchuck FundThe Woodcock Fund is a quick-access emergency resource that aids established Canadian writers who face an unforeseen financial crisis. Help is given to writers in many different situations providing them momentary relief, a period of financial stability, and the opportunity to complete their current writing projects. It is the only program of its kind available to writers in Canada, and is often the last place authors can turn for help.
  19. Historic Joy Kogawa House-Administered by volunteers involved with the Historic Joy Kogawa House Society and the Land Conservancy of British Columbia, this residency is available to writers in the early stage of a book project. Applicants must have published two books and have previous teaching and public speaking experience. Writers are expected to devote 40 percent of their time to public engagement. Residents receive a $2,500 per month stipend and typically stay at the house for three months. The residency is open between September and March.
  20. Al Purdy’s A Frame-The Al Purdy A-frame Association offers writers the opportunity to live and work in a space and place of inspirational literary and historic significance and resonance. Residencies range from one to three months with writers receiving a $2,500 per month stipend. Travel is also provided. Applications from writers at all stages of their career are accepted, with strong consideration given to writers in the early stages of their careers. Location Ontario, Canada.
  21. On Screen/In Screen-On Screen/In Person tours new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region. Six films and their creators are selected for touring annually. Each tour engagement includes a public screening, a pre- or post-screening discussion with the visiting filmmaker, and a community activity with the filmmaker that provides greater appreciation for their work and the art of film.
  22. Speculative Literature Foundation-The SLF is a non-profit arts foundation, modeled on the National Endowment for the Arts, but focused specifically on serving the speculative literature (science fiction, fantasy, and horror) community. The SLF currently offers four grants: The Older Writers’ Grant, the Travel Grant, the Working Class Writers’ Grant, and the Diversity Grant. All of our grants are free to apply, and are designed as ‘gateway’ grants, with easy and straightforward applications that should be quick to complete.
  23. Aurel’s Place-Surel’s Place is a residency program that offers private use of a modern live-work space right by the Boise river and minutes from downtown Boise via bicycle on the river path. Application deadline: March 1, September 1. Travel stipends vary depending on length of stay. Living stipends are currently $100 per month, but all expenses are paid including rent, utilities, bike maintenance, and tickets to art programming.
  24. Ohio Arts Council-The principal funding program for individual artists is through the Individual Excellence Awards, which provide grants to creative artists for an exceptional body of work. Traditional master artists and apprentices are supported through the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program. Project funding is available for artists living in counties along the Ohio River through the Ohio River Border Initiative, and for artists with disabilities through the Artists with Disabilities Access program. Individual artists receive commissions through the Percent for Art program administered by the OAC. In addition to grants, the OAC provides a wide range of resources and services that help individual artists as they make important contributions to life in communities across the state including the Ohio Artists on Tour Directory and the Arts Learning Artist Directory.
  25. The Arctic Circle-Artist and scientist led, The Arctic Circle is an annual expeditionary residency program. The Arctic Circle brings together international artists of all disciplines, scientists, architects, and educators who collectively explore remote and fascinating destinations aboard a sailing vessel.
  26. Omi Arts Center-Omi International Arts Center hosts international visual artists, writers, musicians and dancers on 300 acres in the Hudson Valley region of New York, amidst a 10-acre contemporary sculpture park, The Fields Sculpture Park. Deadlines October and November.
  27. Arte Studio Ginestrelle– Arte Studio Ginestrelle set in the hills of the Regional Park of Mount Subasio, near the historic town of Assisi (UNESCO World Heritage site), famous for its frescos by Giotto and Cimabue. It offers residencies to International artists from all artistic disciplines.
  28. Acadia National Park-The Artist-in-Residence Program at Acadia National Park offers professional writers, composers, and all visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while surrounded by the inspiring landscape of the park. Location Bar Harbor, ME.
  29. Anchorage Museum Polar Lab-Polar Lab invites artists to engage the North through short and long-term projects and non-traditional residencies. Polar Lab places artists inside the Museum and inside the North to present insider views of relevant issues impacting northern people and places. Some residencies expand over multiple years and are research-based. Others offer audience engagement within or beyond Museum walls. Artists intervene with Museum spaces and exhibitions, providing contrasting perspectives, critical commentary, and performance and engagement. Location Anchorage, AK.
  30. Anderson Center-The Anderson Center provides retreats of two to four weeks’ duration from May through October each year to enable artists, writers, and scholars of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment to create, advance, or complete works-in-progress. A rotating Peer Review Panel comprised of professional artists, writers, and scholars annually screens and selects all applicants. Location Red Wing, Minnesota. Deadlines in February and March.
  31. 18th St. Residency-Program hosts artists from across the United States and from around the world. There are three, rotating, live/work artist studios at the center where artists are in residence from 1 to 3 months (sometimes longer). This program hosts artists of all disciplines and occasionally invites art curators, writers and musicians. Location Santa Monica, CA.
  32. Drop Forge and Tool -Drop Forge & Tool’s emphasis is on collaborative process and new work development. We prioritize applications for residencies with two or more artists working together. Individual artists are also welcome to apply, although we may ask if you are willing to share the residency space with others. Residencies are available for any length of time, from just a few days to a month. The residency fee is $300 per week to cover direct costs.  That said, we have a lot of needs here at DF&T so please contact us if you do not have the funds to cover the fee. In lieu of a fee, you might teach a class, help us with our social networking and marketing materials, or help us to beautify our spaces. We are open year-round (except December), and are currently taking applications for Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Winter 2016 sessions. Location Hudson, NY,
  33. Hypatia in the Woods-Hypatia-in-the-Woods was created to provide physical and mental space, solitude and time, for women to pursue their creative endeavors, their muse, undistracted by everyday demands. We invite artists, writers, academics and business women to explore the residential retreat and study center. Location Shelton, Washington.
  34. Guadalupe Mountain Artist-in-Residence Program-The Artist-In-Residence Program offers professional writers, composers, and all visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while surrounded by the inspiring landscape of the park. The Artist-in-Residence Program is intended for artists working in a variety of mediums. One or more artists may be selected each year for our residency program. Professional two-dimensional visual artists, sculptors, musicians, writers, crafts persons, and photographers are encouraged to apply. Location Texas. Sign up for information. Applications usually taken beginning in the fall.
  35. Iowa Artup-ArtUps are free professional development events presented by the Iowa Arts Council for Iowa’s artists, arts organizations and communities. ArtUps provide online and in-person learning and networking opportunities to enhance the quality and capacity of the arts field in Iowa.
  36. Fractured Atlas-Fractured Atlas wants to help you raise money for your artistic work. As the country’s largest arts fiscal sponsor, we provide accessibility, efficiency and affordability. We work with thousands of artists and arts organizations to provide education and support for raising funds. We want artists to spend time making art, not filing paperwork. With fiscal sponsorship, you can solicit tax-deductible donations and apply for grants without going through the onerous process of launching a 501(c)(3).
  37. Kenyon Playwriting Conference Residencies-Location Kenyon, OH. Immerse yourself in the craft of playwriting surrounded by some of the most exciting early-stage play development in the U.S. and U.K. You will write every day, hear your work read in the evenings, and interact with the creative teams from powerhouse companies and three commissioned playwrights in residence. Please submit a paragraph (no more than 250 words) about why you are applying to this workshop and what you hope to take away from it. Additionally, please submit a sample scene of no more than five pages.
  38. Hawthornden Castle-Location Midlothian, Scotland. International one-month retreats for creative writers of all types from anywhere in the world to work without disturbance. Residency provides individual room/study in shared house and meals. Artist responsible for travel. Applicants must be published writers. Deadline Ongoing.
  39. Media Arts Grants for New York State Artists-Fiscal sponsorship as well as the New York Media Arts Map and the Media Arts Assistance Fund (MAAF), which support electronic media and film organizations, as well as individual artists, in all regions of New York State through a Regrant Partnership with NYSCA, Electronic Media and Film. Applicants must be New York State residents and must have all rights to distribute works.
  40. Annenberg Community Beach House Residencies-The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, seeks proposals from writers living in Los Angeles County for the Writer’s Residency Program at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Writer’s Residency Program offers writers a large, private office in the historic Marion Davies Guest House for six weeks to complete a work-in-progress. As an acknowledgement of the public benefit of the resident to the community, an honorarium of $1,500 is offered. The Residency is non-residential; no room/board is offered. The City will provide a lockable office with desk and chair, wireless internet access, refrigerator/microwave access, and a parking pass for the duration of the residency.
  41. Azule-AZULE is an emerging art and community-based organization, offering a retreat and residency program for artists and craftsmen, writers, architects, builders and environmentalists, academics, educators, social workers or researchers, any innovative group or individual, or anyone who wishes to discover Appalachia and AZULE’s ways of life. AZULE is situated in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. Hot Springs is seven miles away; Asheville is 50 miles away.
  42. Sundress Academy-Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to announce that they are now accepting applications for short-term artists’ residencies in creative writing, visual art, film/theater, music, and more. Each residency includes a room of one’s own, access to a communal kitchen, bathroom, office, and living space, plus wireless internet and cable. The length of a residency can run from one to week to two months. The SAFTA farmhouse is located on a working farm that rests on a 29-acre wooded plot in a Tennessee “holler” perfect for hiking, camping, and nature walks. Located less than a half hour from downtown Knoxville, an exciting and creative city of 200,000 in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, SAFTA is an ideal location for those looking for a rural get-away with access to urban amenities.
  43. Brush Creek Residencies-The Foundation for the Arts is located on the historic Brush Creek Ranch, a century old, 15,000-acre guest and working cattle ranch at the base of the Medicine Bow National Forest in Saratoga, Wyoming. The residency program is situated in the riparian corridor of Brush Creek, in between the Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountain ranges. Open to all artists over 18. There is a $30 application fee. Residents are responsible for transportation to Ranch or Laramie Regional Airport.
  44. Hambridge Residencies-Hambidge provides a residency program that empowers talented artists to explore, develop, and express their creative voices. Situated on 600 acres in the mountains of north Georgia, Hambidge is a sanctuary of time and space that inspires artists working in a broad range of disciplines to create works of the highest caliber. Apply from December 1 through January 15 for the May through August residency period. Apply from March 1 through April 15 for the September through December residency period. Apply from August 1 through September 15 for the mid-February through April residency period. Hambidge is closed from mid-December to mid-February. All new applicants will automatically be considered for the NEA Fellowship which provides a $700 stipend and removes residency fees for two weeks. This is offered to the nine top scoring candidates. Many other Distinguished Fellowships are available.
  45. Sleeping Bear Dunes Artist in Residency Program-The Artist-In-Residence program is open to professional American writers, composers and visual artists, including photographers, whose work can be influenced and enhanced by this superb Michigan scene. It provides resident artists the opportunity to capture the moods of Sleeping Bear Dunes in their particular medium. The program provides rent-free use of either a park house located in the vicinity of the village of Empire (no pets), or a campsite in one of the developed mainland campgrounds.
  46. Agate Fossil Beds National Park Residency-Artists of all mediums (visual, musical, theatrical, literary) are invited to apply to stay from two to four weeks in furnished park housing (either a modern 3 bedroom, shared house, or a more remote 1950s ranchstead). Artists provide their own materials and expenses and produce, at least, one product (along with its copyright) to be donated to the park for any and all future uses. Artists will also actively engage the public in some manner (occasional demonstrations, talks, school programs, or exhibits) during and possibly after their visit. Location Nebraska.
  47. Big Cypress National Preserve Residencies-The Artist-In-Residence Program at Big Cypress National Preserve offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the preserve’s inspiring landscape. Selected artists stay in a dormitory setting, with each person having their own room, and sharing living room / dining room / kitchen and bathroom space. We do not accept pets in housing, nor do we allow for spouses within the housing area. Big Cypress primarily looks for short-term (less than one month) and long-term (one to three months) residents during our wet (May through October) and dry (November through April) seasons. In August of each year a board of people will review the applicants for the following year and select the participants for each opportunity. Location Florida.
  48. Crater Lake National Park Residency-The program provides an opportunity for two eligible artists to spend up to two weeks of the fall, and another two artists for up to two weeks in the winter, at Crater Lake National Park to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the awe-inspiring landscape of the park. Artists are provided housing in the park to work on projects in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Writers, sculptors, photographers, painters, dancers, cinematographers, musicians, composers, and other visual and performing artists are invited to apply for this opportunity to draw upon the multifaceted qualities of the park for inspiration. Location Oregon.
  49. Creative Capital-Offers grants to individuals in the Performing and Visual Arts, Film/Video, Literature, and Emerging Fields. Creative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $40,000, for a total commitment of up to $90,000 per project.
  50. Hub City Writers House Residencies-The Writers House provides two residencies per year in an historic cottage in downtown Spartanburg, S.C. The program is open to emerging writers in the United States who have completed a college degree in creative writing within the past five years or are pursuing a graduate degree in writing. Residents receive lodging, utilities, and a twice-monthly stipend; they are responsible for their own transportation and meals.
  51. Apprenticeship Program- California— The Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuation of the state’s traditional arts and cultures by contracting master artists to offer intensive, one-on-one training to qualified apprentices.  Each $3,000 contract supports a period of concentrated learning for apprentices who have shown a commitment to and a talent for a specific artistic tradition.
  52. Nebraska Mini Grants–Mini Grants are designed to provide quick access to funds supporting a variety of arts projects that use artists or arts activities as a key component. Examples of project types include exhibitions, performances, poetry readings, commissions and/or support of new work development, arts festivals, community murals, and cultural heritage projects. Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations incorporated in Nebraska that are federally tax-exempt, public agencies and subdivisions of governmental agencies. Organizations may submit up to two Mini Grant applications per fiscal year. Maximum request: $100 – $2,000. Deadline: At least six weeks and no more than twelve weeks prior to the project start date.
  53. Missouri Arts Council — MAC funds art projects that are open and accessible to the public. MAC funds may be used for artist fees, travel, marketing, education, and more. Note that MAC only makes grants to nonprofit and educational institutions. However, you can contact such an organization and organize an event through them to fund your program. Programs include: • Performance of dance, music, and/or theater (single performance or series) • Educational programs • Artist residencies • Literary publications • Arts festival or arts component(s) at festival or county fair • Exhibitions • Film festival, film series, or production of film, video, or media arts project.
  54.  Wichita Artist Access Grant — The Artist Access Grants Program is designed to assist practicing, professional and emerging artists residing in Wichita, Kansas. The program provides support for artists to take advantage of specific and exceptional professional development, skill-building opportunities to advance their work and careers as working artists. Funds may be used for such endeavors as attending advanced workshops, conferences, master classes or seminars; participating in artist residencies; engaging in activities that are specifically capable of advancing or propelling a professional career; etc. This program is not intended to provide assistance in funding project-oriented applications, the costs of creating or producing art or an artwork, equipment purchases, touring engagements or academic or certification conferring endeavors. Grant awards range from $100 to $1,000, depending on need.
  55. Kansas City Inspiration Grants — Inspiration Grants from the ArtsKC Fund are an investment in human capital, providing direct support to individual artists and arts professionals for projects and activities that have the potential to advance their careers and build their capacity for future work.
  56. Hatchfund — Everything you need to fund your next project is right here. This thriving creative community connects accomplished artists working in America with eager supporters, premier arts organizations, and art lovers. Hatchfund is powered by AIM a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Supporters give to us. We give to you. In short, that means every donation to support your work is tax-deductible.
  57. Odysseys Costa Rica — ODYSSEYS Costa Rica is a Civic, Social and non-governmental organization (NGO) offering a one-of-a-kind, community-based artists’ residency. Because the time you dedicate to your art is precious, we offer unique home stay accommodations with local host families, meals included. Our artist-in-residence program is open to writers and artists in all disciplines, emerging or established, from anywhere in the world.
  58. Hedgebrook Residency — Hedgebrook retreat for women writers is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48 acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts women writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer.
  59. Jentel Residency — Jentel has two sessions and two deadlines. All application materials, including contact information, resume, work sample, and reference contacts must be completed online through Submittable by January 15 for the May 15 – December 13 residencies (notification by March 15) or September 15 for the January 15 – May 13 residencies (notification by November 15). Jentel Artist Residency Program lies in the Lower Piney Creek Valley with spectacular views over scoria topped hills to the majestic Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming.
  60. Shake Rag Alley Writing Residency — In the tradition established by Edenfred, the Terry Family Foundation’s artist residence in Madison, Wisconsin, contest-winning writers and poets are provided with a week of uninterrupted time to focus on a project of their choice. Between the months of November through April artists stay in Shake Rag’s inspiring lodging facilities in the nurturing environment of historic Mineral Point’s artist community while participating in workshops, readings and community outreach activities.
  61.  Rhode Island Grant — RISCA Fellowships in Crafts, Film & Video, Fiction, Photography, Play/Screenwriting, Poetry, and Three Dimensional Art: Guidelines and a link to the online application can be found here. Project Grant for Individuals (PGI): Artists interested in applying for a PGI grant must contact Cristina DiChiera to discuss their proposal. PGI guidelines and a link to the online application can be found here. Folk Arts Fellowships and Apprenticeships: Artists interested in applying for a Folk Arts grant must contact Elena Calderon Patino. Project Grants in Education (PGE): If you are an artist, school or non-profit organization interested in applying for a PGE Grant, please contact Dan Kahn. PGE guidelines and a link to the online application can be found here.
  62. OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL RESIDENCIES — Residencies are opportunities that are exclusive to our Dramaturgy and Literary Management department and they offer the longest opportunity for participants to be in “resident” at OSF. Residencies vary in length. In general, they range between four to eleven months. FAIR currently offers three Residencies: Literary Residency, Dramaturgy Residency, Shakespeare Dramaturgy Residency. Deadline July 1 each year.
  63. ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND  — Through Grants for the arts, we are able to make grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 for activities lasting up to three years. In special circumstances we can award larger grants for more major projects. If you plan to apply for over £100,000 you must contact us to request permission to apply. Grants for the arts is a continuous programme, so you can apply at any time. There are no deadlines but you need to allow enough time between when you apply and when your activity starts. We need six weeks to process applications for £15,000 and under We need 12 weeks for applications for more than £15,000.
  64. NORTH CAROLINA ARTS COUNCIL REGIONAL ARTIST PROJECT GRANTS  — This program, funded by the N. C. Arts Council, provides the opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their regions. These grants support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their professional development. Types of fundable projects include: Creation of new work, Purchase of equipment and materials, Professional development workshops, Travel support for expenses associated with a professional opportunity such as participating in an exhibition or a conference, Development or upgrading of promotional materials such as brochures, DVDs, CDs, and websites. Grant amounts vary from region to region. Statewide, they range from $300 to $5,000, though most grants are between $500 and $2,000.
  65. ARTErra RESIDENCIES  — Encourages cross-disciplinary artistic creation in a small rural village in Portugal. Artists may stay from 3 days to 6 months. Artist responsible for travel, residency fee (budgeted on a case by case basis according to the artist’s needs), and meals; residency provides room, work space, and some materials and tools according to the artists’ needs.
  66. WYOMING GRANTS FOR INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS/WRITERS  — The Wyoming Arts Council provides opportunities for individual artists in the form of fellowships, apprenticeships and Individual Artist Professional Development (IAPD) grants. The WAC offers fellowships in creative writing, performing arts and visual arts. It also oversees the Neltje Blanchan and Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Writing Awards. Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships are available to master traditional artists to teach their art form to qualified apprentices.
  67. WEST VIRGINIA NEW OPPORTUNITIES for ARTISTS  — The Arts Section is expanding opportunities offered to artists. The Artist Database serves as a listing of artists in West Virginia. The Teaching Artists Roster lists artists who are skilled in both their artistic discipline and as instructors. NOTE: Artists previously listed on the Arts in Education Roster will need to apply to the Teaching Artist Roster. The Demonstrating Artists Roster consists of talented and professional artists reviewed and approved by WVDCH and the WVCA according to relative criteria. These Rosters will be published and made available as a resource across the state. Artists are paid via grants made to schools and other institutions that make request for these artists for their educational and community purposes.
  68. HERBERT HOOVER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE RESIDENCY  — Location West Branch, Iowa. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site seeks writers, composers, and visual and performing artists. The Artist-in-Residence Program is open to all professional American artists whose work can be inspired by the history and beauty of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The park offers two residencies of two to four weeks each from May through September.
  69. COVE PARK RESIDENCIES  — If you would like to receive details of forthcoming opportunities and how to apply please join our mailing list. Our 2013 programme has now been confirmed. Details of opportunities available in 2014 will be announced in the autumn this year. Cove Park is happy to support and facilitate the production of specific projects during residencies and, equally, to ensure that those artists who wish to develop new ideas without the constraints of the completion of a final piece of work are free to do so. Location Cove Park, Peaton Hill, Cove, Argyll and Bute, G84 0PE, United Kingdom.
  70. OSAGE ARTS COMMUNITY  — Osage Arts Community is a place that provides temporary time, space and support for the creation of new work in a retreat format. These creative residencies are generally anywhere from one week to one year but average around six months. OAC serves creative people of all kinds – visual artists, composers, poets, fiction and nonfiction writers. OAC is located on a 152-acre farm in an isolated rural mountainside setting in Central Missouri bordered by ¾ of a mile of the Gasconade River.
  71. MEEMIC FOUNDATION-The Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education offers a variety of grant opportunities designed to assist educators. These funding opportunities include traditional grants in amounts up to $2,500 and specialty grants of varying amounts for items such as books. The website provides the most up-to-date information on the types of grants available and the important dates associated with the application process. Any employee of a public, private, charter or parochial school, college or university in a qualifying state may apply for a Meemic grant. Educators from the same school may submit proposals for different programs.
  72. MORLAND SCHOLARSHIPS-It can be difficult for writers in the early stages of their career to write and to earn a living outside writing at the same time. To help fill this need the MMF has established up to three Morland Writing Scholarships every year. The Scholarships will be open to anyone who has been born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa. The Scholars will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the  course of one year. In return for this the Scholars will agree that 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from what they write during the year of the Scholarship will be paid to the MMF which may be used to support other promising writers and possibly to expand the Scholarship scheme in later years. The only condition imposed on the Scholars during the year of their Scholarship is that they must write. They will be asked to submit by e-mail at least 10,000 new words every month until they have finished their book.
  73. THE AMERICAN PROSPECT-The American Prospect’s Writing Fellows Program offers journalists at the beginning of their career the opportunity to spend two full years at the magazine in Washington, D.C., developing their journalistic skills. Each fellow is expected to contribute regularly to the website and to the print edition. We are seeking candidates with strong writing and analytical abilities who are as comfortable generating article ideas as they are relying on assignments. A passion for politics, policy, and digital journalism is a prerequisite. Prior journalism experience is not required. The application process for the 2014 fellowship will begin in the late fall.
  74. WEST VIRGINIA TRAVEL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM GRANTS-The West Virginia Humanities Council Travel Assistance Program category is open to individuals associated with West Virginia museums, historical societies, institutions of higher and secondary education, and other nonprofit groups. Grant awards will fund conference registration fees, transportation, lodging, and food at professional meetings and conferences.
  75. WRITERS IN THE SCHOOLS RESIDENCY-Writers in the Schools (WITS), a program of Seattle Arts & Lectures, is looking for creative writers—poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, cartoonists/graphic novelists, and playwrights—who are passionate about teaching the power and pleasure of writing to young people and who are excited to collaborate with public school teachers. Employment is part-time. Residency contracts vary, but typically extend for nine months from October to June. A school-year commitment is typically required. Compensation for a full-residency is $6,500 ($77/teaching hour; to be paid in monthly installments). Partial or greater residencies are scaled accordingly. Writers can be paid up to $500 for attending writer meetings, retreats, and meeting administrative deadlines. Free tickets to Seattle Arts & Lectures events, as available.
  76. LILLIAN E. SMITH CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS-The mission of The Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Arts is to offer a place where gifted creative artists and scholars in various disciplines may find the conditions of quiet solitude and privacy in which to pursue their work. The Center offers each resident a furnished cottage, which includes a bathroom and a kitchen facility. A fee of $100 per week is charged to help defray the basic expenses of maintenance and operation. It is anticipated that the length of each residency period shall be negotiable between the applicant and the director. Location Clayton, GA.
  77.  CAMAC RESIDENCY FOR ARTISTS-Brings together artists in all disciplines from all over the world. Does not cover travel, but all expenses are paid upon arrival. Two-month residencies. Location France. Offer each year a residency bursary to one visual artist, one writer and one musician or composer in order to create new career prospects for artists.
  78. NORTH CAROLINA LITERARY, PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS GRANTS-Grant funds support artists’ fees and administrative expenses directly related to the project. Grant amounts rarely exceed $10,000 and must be matched dollar for dollar by the organization. Nonprofit organizations that produce literary, performing, media arts, or visual arts programs. NOTE: Individual writers can connect with nonprofit groups to coordinate the use of this grant for their promotional events.
  79. NYFA EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND FOR HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS-Eligible artists can be working in any discipline and reside in Connecticut, New Jersey or New York. Damages are broadly defined and include, but are not limited to: damage to physical work; damage to homes/studios/other facilities; loss of equipment or supplies; loss of income, and reimbursement for cancelled performances / appearances/ engagements. We anticipate the overwhelming 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.
  80. KENTUCKY FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN-Grants to feminist writers and playwrights in Kentucky only.
  81. THE BUSH FOUNDATION-Provides artists with significant financial support that enables them to advance their work and further their contributions to the communities. Fellowship candidates must be at least twenty-four years old and have been residents for at least one year prior to the application deadline of MN, ND, SD, or one of 23 sovereign nations that shares geography with the states.
  82. STARRY NIGHT RETREAT-Starry Night Retreat is an Artist In Residence program nestled in the historic hot springs district of Truth or Consequences,  New Mexico.  Located halfway between Albuquerque and El Paso, Starry Night provides a nourishing environment for artists, writers, and researchers of all disciplines to accomplish new work. Cost is $250 per week, $900 per month, $150 per week per accompanying partner. Financial aid is available for artists for up to 50% of total cost. There is a space on the application in which one can apply for financial aid.
  83. FINE ARTS WORK CENTER-The FINE ARTS WORK CENTER in Provincetown offers a unique residency program for emerging artists and writers. Located in a rustic fishing village with a storied history as an arts colony, the Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to twenty Fellows each year in the form of living/work space and a modest monthly stipend of $750. Residencies run from October 1 through April 30. Fellows pursue their work independently in a diverse and supportive  community of peers. Application deadlines February 1 and December 1. The Writing Fellowship application fee is $45. Fellows are provided living accommodations and a monthly stipend of $750.
  84. FFS/HEARTS SCREENWRITING GRANT-The Hearst Screenwriting Grant is given to a mid-career screenwriter who has been a practicing writer for at least five years and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay. The grant is open to writers residing in the United States whose project expresses both a unique personal perspective and an artistic approach to the subject. Priority is given to writers whose previous short or feature screenplays have been produced as an independent film.
  85. DJERASSI/SFFS SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP-The Djerassi Residency Award/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship will provide a one-month residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program for an emerging or established screenwriter. Located in a spectacular setting in the Santa Cruz Mountains, 40 miles south of San Francisco, the program provides artists with uninterrupted time for work, reflection and collegial interaction in a professionally supportive and inspirational environment. The  Djerassi Residency Award/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship is supported by a gift from SFFS board member Dale Djerassi.
  86. THE FLORENCE TYSON FUND-The Mission of the Fund is to support therapists and clinical programs that provide creative arts therapies—music, dance, drama, art and poetry therapy–to people in the community who suffer from, or are at risk for psychiatric problems, such as depression, anxiety, or severe mental illnesses.
  87. THE ROYAL LITERARY FUND-The Society administers three charitable trusts, which award occasional grants to professional authors who find themselves in sudden and temporary financial difficulty. The Francis Head Bequest grants to professional writers (writing in the English language) who were born in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, and who are over the age of 35. It is aimed at authors who by reason of illness or otherwise are in financial difficulty. The John Masefield Memorial Trust provides grants to professional British poets or their dependents who are faced with sudden financial problems. Margaret Rhondda Awards assist and support women journalists who are in needy circumstances.
  88. AWESOME FOUNDATION-The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe. Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons by groups of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees,” who form autonomous chapters around geographic areas or topics of interest. The Foundation provides these grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. It is, in the words of one of our trustees, a micro-genius grant for flashes of micro-brilliance. Since its humble beginnings, many Awesome Foundation chapters have sprung up globally to conserve, sustain, and support the worldwide ecosystem of awesomeness. Projects have included efforts in a wide range of areas including technology, arts, social good, and beyond.
  89. CREATIVE RESISTANCE FUND-The Creative Resistance Fund (CRF) provides $1,500 distress grants to people in danger due to their use of creativity to fight injustice. The fund may be used to evacuate a dangerous situation or to cover living costs while weighing long-term options for safety. Discipline(s) and media are: Visual arts, Sculpture, Performing arts, Textile art, Music, Literature, Educational programmes, New Media.
  90. TURN2US-Turn2us is a new independent charity that helps people access the money available to them – through welfare benefits, grants and other help. Their free, accessible website is a comprehensive and invaluable resource that helps you find sources of financial support, quickly and easily, based on your particular needs and circumstances.
  91. THE AUTHORS’ FOUNDATION – UK-The Foundation provides grants to writers to assist them while writing books. There are two rounds of grants each year, awarded in the summer and in the winter. To apply the author must meet one of the following conditions: 1. The author has been commissioned by a commercial British publisher to write a full-length work of fiction, poetry or non-fiction and needs funding (in addition to the publisher’s advance) for important research, travel, or other more general expenditure. 2. The author is without a contractual commitment by a publisher but has had at least one book published commercially by a British publisher, and there is a strong likelihood that their next book will be published in Britain.
  92. SPRINGBOARD FOR THE ARTS LOW INTEREST LOAN FOR ARTISTS – MN-Springboard’s Artist Loan Fund provides low-interest loans from $1,000 to $5,000, at a rate of 1% above the prime rate, simple interest, to artists in the Twin Cities area. Loan terms are from 12 to 36 months. This is a community-based revolving loan program designed to meet a broad range of artists’ needs and opportunities.
  93. SPRINGBOARD EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND – MN, IA, ND, SD, WI-Springboard’s Emergency Relief Fund exists to help meet the emergency needs of artists in need of immediate monies to cover an expense due to loss from fire, theft, health emergency, or other catastrophic, career-threatening event. The purpose of the Emergency Relief Fund is to expedite recovery from a specific economic crisis so that the artist applicant may continue their work. Artist applicants living in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin may access up to $500 to meet or defray unexpected “emergency” expenses. Relief Fund payments are made directly to the business that the artist owes money, not to the artist applicant.
  94. WASHINGTON WOMEN IN NEED – WASHINGTON STATE-Washington Women In Need provides grants in four program areas: Education at accredited institutions in Washington; Mental Health Counseling with licensed mental health professionals; Health Care Insurance Premiums for current health coverage; and Physical/Dental/Vision/Hearing exams and treatment.
  95. SANTA FE ARTS INSTITUTE EMERGENCY FUNDS-As an outgrowth of our original Emergency Relief Residencies, SFAI has instituted an ongoing Emergency Relief Residency to provide residencies for artists and writers whose lives and work are compromised by domestic strife, political upheaval or natural disasters. Residencies are by application only.
  96. PEN AMERICAN CENTER WRITER’S FUND-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.





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Mackenzie Jervis is a Summer 2016 Graduate. She lives in Texas with her husband, two cats, and puppy. She has way too many books, more cameras than she knows how to properly use, and a never ending need to keep moving. She write about her life and adventures at home and around the world at A Wandering Scribbler.

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