New York Foundation for the Arts Wants to Help NY Writers

The 94 fellowships that are given out each year to New York artists, writers, filmmakers, and others through the New York Foundation for the Arts' Artist Fellowship Program are only a fraction of the support the organization gives to New York-based creatives (See NYFA: New York City Grants). 18 of the $7,000 fellowships were granted to New York area writers alone. And what's great about these gifts is that they are given without restriction on what they're used for. But that's just a sample of what NYFA offers.

With the help of the Andy Warhol Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and Lambent Foundation, the NYFA is also administering an Emergency Relief Fund for writers and others artists in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. These grants range between $1,000 and $5,000, though smaller and larger amounts are sometimes made. A separate emergency fund was also established for arts organizations which can be contacted here.

The NYFA also rents workspace in the heart of DUMBO, Brooklyn that is well-suited for writers, with individual workstations, high-speed internet, and conference rooms available. They also have a studio space directory that can be searched, an events listing page, classified ads, jobs listings, news, podcasts, business articles, advocacy, and"a variety of professional development workshops, panels, and conferences for artists working in all disciplines" among many other offerings.

The NYFA is one of the few organizations that offer such a comprehensive list of services and support to writers and other creatives. The Artist Fellowship Program alone, first began in 1985, has already provided over $27 million in "unrestricted cash grants" to New York writers and other creatives at various different stages of their careers. This has included Academy Award winners, Tony Award winners, MacArthur Fellows, and Pulitzer Prize winners. The writers have included Jennifer Egan, Junot Diaz, and playwright Lynn Nottage among others (See New York Foundation for the Arts: Grants for Creative Writing) .

As much as the support that the NYFA gives can help, the connections made through the organization can be just as helpful. So poke around on the site, talk to people, and get connected.