Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: Grants for Creative Writing

OVERVIEW: 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.

FUNDING AREAS: Creative writing, arts organizations and individual artists, Mid-Atlantic states

IP TAKE: This is a foundation that supports creative writers through fellowships and grants to organizations. It’s a great opportunity for authors, especially ones living in Mid-Atlantic states.  

PROFILE: The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation provides grants for artists, including creative writers. It aims to help artists explore and create new things, with touring engagements regionally and internationally. Creative fellowships support residencies for writers at the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The foundation saves two residency spots for artists who reside in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Creative writers must apply to the appropriate colony based on where they live. Artists in Delaware, Maryland, New York and West Virginia should apply to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. However, artists in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands should apply to the Millay Colony.

A list of current fellows for the foundation’s creative fellowships can be viewed here. Many past fellows have been authors, and visual artists are also commonly supported.

In addition to the individual grants for creative writers, this foundation also awards grants to arts organizations. Its grant programs target organizations that aim to strengthen the region’s presenter network, give communities access to artistic experiences, boost audiences, and provide a greater understanding and appreciation for the arts. You can learn more about these organizational programs here, including the French-American Jazz Exchange Tours, the Mid Atlantic Tours, On Screen/In Person, and Special Presented Initiatives. Each of these programs has its own set of deadlines.

Browse the foundation’s Grant Listing to learn more about past grantees and how much they received for funding. Despite the foundation’s name, grantees are located all over the U.S. and internationally as well. General questions can be directed to the Baltimore, Maryland, office via online form.


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