Grants for Writers

Whether you’re a poet, a short story writer, or you pen science fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, or any other genre, you know that there is nothing more satisfying than getting your words and ideas down on paper. It’s truly incredible to see your thoughts come to life; however, writing – particularly for those who have just decided to turn their craft into a business – most certainly isn’t a money making venture. While it’s true that some authors do make big bucks, it takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and often times sheer luck, to see financial riches. Until your writing takes off, it can be hard to find the money that you need to survive. The bills have to be paid somehow, and grant money can help.

Grants are free money that you never have to pay back. There are tons of different grant programs for writers, and if you qualify, you could get the funding you need to survive while you keep honing your craft and working at your passion. Many of these grants are funded by public, nonprofit, and private organizations, such as academic institutions and cultural foundations.

What are my Options?

If you’re interested in applying for grants, here’s a look at some options that are available for writers.

Writers’ Fellowship of the North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council offers a biennial Writers’ Fellowship for authors who reside in the state. To qualify, you must be a resident of North Carolina before the deadline for the application. Additionally, if you are awarded the grant, you must remain a resident of the state throughout its duration.

Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grants

If you are a poet or a prose writer who resides in the Delaware Valley region, you are a woman or transgendered, and your writing aims to facilitate changes in society, than you may be eligible for a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant. Applications must be 18 years of age or older, and they must ride within the one of the following counties:

  • Chester
  • Delaware
  • Montgomery
  • Bucks Chester
  • Philadelphia

It should be noted that student who are enrolled in an art program on a full-time basis are not eligible for these grants. Grantees can be awarded as much as $2,500, which they can use to support their writing.

Sustainable Arts Foundation Award

It’s hard enough for a writer to support him- or herself; it’s even harder for a writer to support a child. The Sustainable Arts Foundation Award provides grants to writers and artists that are the parent or legal guardian of at least one child who is under the age of 18. Approved applicants can be granted as much as $6,000.

Table 4 Writers Foundation Grant

If you are a fiction or non-fiction writer, you are at least 21 years of age, and you reside in New York City, you may be eligible for the Table 4 Writers Foundation Grant. This grant aims to provide the financial support that aspiring writers require, and approved applicants can receive as much a $5,000 in free money.