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 are continuing their creative pursuits while raising a family.

IP TAKE: This foundation has the very specific goal of providing financial help to parents and people of color pursuing creative writing endeavors, so if you don't fall into one of these groups, this grant money isn't available for you.

PROFILE: The Sustainable Arts Foundation is all about supporting parents who are working in the creative writing field. Applicants of color are strongly encouraged to apply as the foundation offers half of their awards to promote 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 offers its awards 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 writer working in the field of fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, or poetry (as well as visual arts). The foundation gives preference to residents in the San Francisco Bay area, but welcomes applications from writers living in all areas of the country and around the world. Applications for the spring awards are available in mid-January, and the fall awards are available in mid-July.

They also offer residency grants to organizations that are 501(c)(3) nonprofits and offer residencies to writers with at least one dependent child. Organizations that meet that 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 gone to places like the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Foundation, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. You can also view a full list of individual award winners here.

This is the only foundation we know of that provides assistance specifically for working writers with children, so if that's you, it's well worth applying. You can start the process online here.

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