Funding for writing can be hard to come by, both for organizations and individuals. The big money that's often available for other disciplines just isn't here in abundance as in some other areas of the arts. Still, there are plenty of places to seek support if you know what you're doing. 

We're keeping up with what funders of writing are doing in the field and everything we learn is contained in this guide. Profiles of all funders are regularly updated with new information.

FUNDERS

ARCH AND BRUCE BROWN FOUNDATION

This foundation’s literary grantmaking focuses on works (primarily plays) that support and project LGBT life in a positive way. It also awards grants that can be used to offset writing and theater production costs.

WITTER BYNNER FOUNDATION FOR POETRY

Bynner supports a variety of grant programs directed at supporting poetry, its translation and proliferation. 

CREATIVE CAPITAL

Creative Capital awards grants of up to $50,000 for individual writers and artists while also offering career development services like professional development workshops, industry contact development, marketing and public relations services and fundraising workshops.

COMPTON FOUNDATION

This funder supports creative writing focused on the intersection of art and social or environmental change. It is open to creative journalistic approaches, new ways of sharing data, and training organizations in strategic ways to tell their stories.

BARBARA DEMING MEMORIAL FUND

Deming is one of the oldest grantmakers for feminist artists. Most grants fund writers and visual artists who live in the U.S. and Canada.

MAX AND VICTORIA DREYFUS FOUNDATION

The foundation was established after the death of famed music publisher Max Dreyfus, who worked with American greats like George Gershwin and Cole Porter. This funder is interested in providing smaller grants that can make a big difference. 

FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

Creative writing grants from FCA go to poets. The organization doesn't shy away from provocative or controversial material.

HAVEN FOUNDATION

Established by author Stephen King after he was hit by a car and couldn't work for nearly a year, Haven provides grants to writers, audio readers and other freelance artists in need.

RONA JAFFE FOUNDATION

This funder supports women writers in the early stages of their careers who are working on literary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Unsolicited applications and nominations are not accepted.

KRESGE FOUNDATION

No specific creative writing grant program here, but Kresge supports community development through the arts, with focus on disenfranchised communities. Grants go to organizations, not individuals.

LANNAN FOUNDATION

Grants range between $50,000 and $150,000 and are awarded to organizations and tribes. However, the foundation also grants fellowships and awards to individual scribes ranging from $25,000 to $150,000.

LOFT LITERARY CENTER

One of the leading literary organizations in the country. Manages six programs with funding up to $40,000. It also offers resources for writers at various stages of their careers.

MID ATLANTIC ARTS FOUNDATION

This funder awards organizational grants and creative writing fellowships to help artists work in an uninterrupted, connected, and inspiring way. A couple spots per year are saved for individuals who reside in the Mid Atlantic states.

PEN/AMERICA

One of the most well-known and respected literary organizations in the country. It gives over $150,000 each year to writers in the fields of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama, and poetry.

POETRY FOUNDATION

Many of the Poetry Foundation's awards and prizes aren't actually open to the poetic public at large, except for the Emily Dickinson First Book Award and five annual Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships.

ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION

Rockefeller doesn’t offer traditional literary grants in the form of cash; instead, it offers a two- to four-week writers' residence at its Bellagio Center. 

SOCIETY OF CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS

Members of SCBWI are eligible for support here. Awards go to authors and illustrators as community grants, diversity grants, and grants for students.

SOUTH ARTS FUND

Provides grants to organizations in southern U.S. states that present touring literary artists from out of state.

SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION

This funder has four grant opportunities within the realm of science fiction, fantasy, and horror creative writing. These are grants for older writers over 50, travel support, working class writers, and emerging writers from underrepresented groups.

SUSTAINABLE ARTS FOUNDATION

The Sustainable Arts Foundation awards annual grants to writers, poets, and playwrights with children under the age of 18 in order to support artists who are continuing their creative pursuits while raising a family. 

UNITED STATES ARTISTS

Gives out as many as 50 unrestricted $50,000 grants directly to artists each year, with creative writing at the forefront. These are competitive and elusive grants; you must be nominated for them, and the nominators are anonymous.

ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION

Warhol’s Arts Writers Grant Program and other initiatives award grants from between $3,000 and $50,000 to authors who write about the visual arts. 

WESTERN STATES ARTS FEDERATION

Financially incentivizes presenting organizations to bring visiting artists into the region. Its TourWest program is a "competitive grant program that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers and literary artists." 

WHITING FOUNDATION

Whiting provides $40,000 to $50,000 grants to promising emerging writers to enable them to concentrate on literary work. Writers don't apply; they're nominated by a changing group of literature professionals and influencers.

HELENE WURLITZER FOUNDATION

This funder supports literary artists as part of its artist resident program in Taos, New Mexico. It provides residence grants to writers without any expectation or requirement of creative output.

Other Writing Grants and Fellowships

There are many local organizations that give support to creative writers. These gifts also tend to be on the leaner side, but local organizations not only offer monetary support, they can be an integral network of professional and social connections, as well. Many of these places should be the first go-to when seeking assistance, as local grants can be more accessible for candidates who are eligible. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it's a good starting point.

American Society of Journalists and Authors: Provides an emergency assistance fund for writers, as well as a number of awards.

Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship: $54,000 scholarship for poets travelling abroad.

Artist Trust : $7,500 fellowship, as well as other awards and grants.

Ernest J. Gaines Book Award: $10,000 award to African-American fiction authors with exceptional talent.

Elizabeth George Foundation: Awards grants to unpublished fiction writers, poets, emerging playwrights, and nonprofit organizations benefiting disadvantaged youth. 

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: Fellowship amounts vary.

Kerouac Project Residency Program : $800 stipend and a three-month stay at the Jack Kerouac cottage.

Sherwood Anderson Foundation Grant: Support for early-career fiction writers with one to two published works.

Writer’s Center Emerging Writer Fellowships: $250 or $500 honorarium to attend the Writer's Center celebration in Washington D.C.