Sustainable Arts Foundation: Grants for Creative Writing

OVERVIEW: 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 continue their creative pursuits while raising a family.

IP TAKE: This foundation has the very specific goal of providing financial support to parents and people of color pursuing creative writing endeavors, so if grantseekers who do not fall into one of these groups will not be successful here.

PROFILE: The Sustainable Arts Foundation supports parents working in the creative writing field. The foundation seeks “to encourage parents to continue pursuing their creative passion, and to rekindle it in those who may have let it slide.” Applicants of color are strongly encouraged to apply as half of the foundation’s awards support social equity in the arts. Five individual awards of $6,000 each, and five more of $2,000 each, are made each year. The foundation awards grants twice per year: in the early spring and again in the fall.

All applicants must have a child under the age of 18 and be a fiction or nonfiction writer, playwrite, or poet. The foundation prioritizes residents in the San Francisco Bay area but welcomes applications from writers living anywhere. Applications for the spring awards are available in mid-January, and the fall awards are available in mid-July.

It also offers residency grants to organizations that are 501(c)(3) nonprofits and offer residencies to writers with at least one dependent child. Organizations that meet those criteria may apply for up to $10,000 for general operating expenses. Deadlines are generally toward the beginning of each year.

The Sustainable Arts Foundation grants around a half-dozen awards in each cycle to individual writers and a varying amount of residency awards. Some of the past organizational awards have supported places like the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Foundation, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. Grantseekers can also view a full list of individual award winners here.

This is one of the few, if not the only, foundation that provides assistance specifically for working writers with children, so it is well worth applying. Fundseekers can start the process online here.

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