Barbara Deming Memorial Fund: Grants for Creative Writing

OVERVIEW: The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund awards modest grants to feminist writers, poets and visual artists.

IP TAKE: This funder supports new feminist artists by requiring a waiting period for previous applicants and grantees. Grantseekers should examine the fund’s past grant winners for a comprehensive idea about what it's looking for.

PROFILE: The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, also known as Money for Women, is one of the oldest grantmaking organizations for feminists in the arts. The fund was established in the mid-1970s by civil rights and feminist political activist and author Barbara Deming.

The Deming Memorial Fund awards small grants to individual feminist women in the arts, mainly writers and visual artists. The fund looks for projects in progress for which applicants have “substantial work to show.” Grants are between $500 and $1,500 and applicants must be citizens with primary residences in the U.S. or Canada.

The fund has two categories for submissions, which are offered every other year. For example, submissions for nonfiction and poetry are accepted from January 1 to January 31 of one year, while those for visual art, fiction, and mixed genre would be accepted from January 1 to January 31 the following year. Applicants should expect to hear from the fund within five months of the deadline date. To learn more about Deming awards, browse its Recent Grantees page.

Previous applicants must wait two years before reapplying and former grantees must wait five years before doing so. The Deming Fund does not award grants for theater work, plays, or self-published work.


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