Foundation for Contemporary Arts: Grants for Creative Writing

OVERVIEW: The Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ creative writing grants support poets.

IP TAKE: This funder doesn’t have many restrictions on the work it's willing to support. This makes it a great resource for poets whose work may be considered provocative or controversial. 

PROFILE: The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) was founded by artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg in the early 1960s. Ever since those early days, FCA has been working on its mission “to encourage, sponsor, and promote innovative work in the arts created and presented by individuals, groups, and organizations.”

Poetry grants are awarded out of the foundation’s Grants to Artists program. Unrestricted grants of $40,000 are awarded to artists who have been nominated by their peers. Grant recipients are chosen by a distinguished selection panel. Learn more about FCA grantees on its grant recipients page. Unsolicited nominations and grant applications are not accepted for this program.

In addition to its grantmaking, FCA also offers the Dorothea Tanning Award to poets. Unsolicited applications or nominations are not accepted for this award. 

FCA also operates an Emergency Grants program for both performing and visual artists who have incurred unexpected expenses or have been presented with unanticipated opportunities which they can't afford and don't have the time to seek out other funding sources. Emergency grants range from between $200 and $2,500. Open applications are accepted for this program.


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