Grants for Writers

People usually say that writing, whether as a journalist, poet, screenwriter or novelist, is really a passion more than a job. Not everyone is endowed with the creativity and skill that writing necessitates. Certainly, it takes hard work, skill and dedication to come up with a literary piece that will be loved by readers. In addition, coming up with a good piece is similar to starting an investment, and definitely, every investment needs a principal amount of money to start with.

There are various organizations and foundations that understand the difficulty of coming up with a literary piece more so the amount of funding necessary so produce such. These organizations and foundations provide the necessary amount of money needed for writers or writing organizations, whether in prose or poetry, to start or continue writing with their very own literary pieces.

The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry

The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry is a private foundation that provides $1,000 to $10,000 grant spanning a period of three years to non-profit, tax-exempt organizations (as defined under section 501 (c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code). However, this foundation does not support indirect costs such as those for grant administration, endowment funds, capital improvements, or general operating expenses.

A two-page typewritten Letter of Intent is necessary before the funding can be granted. This letter should include a description of the organization, the project or program for which the funding is needed, the total budget, and other funding sources. Deadline for submission is December 31 every year. When the request was approved, an invitation to submit an application will follow. This Letter of Intent should be mailed from August 1 to December 31 to:

The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry
Post Office Box 10169
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-0169

Poetry organizations may also fax their letters of intent to (505) 986-8222 or email to For more details, contact the foundation at (505) 988-3251 or visit

Sustainable Arts Foundation

The Sustainable Arts Foundation is a non-profit foundation that provides financial support to writers with families. The foundation aims to encourage parents to continue pursuing their passion to write. The foundation awards $ 6,000 for deserving applicants and there can be multiple winners for the grant. Writers working in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry may apply provided that he or she must have at least one child under the age of 18.Applicants are invited from the entire country but some preference will be given to residents of the San Francisco bay area.

Requirements for application include your personal and artistic information including contact details, biography, artist statement, curriculum vitae, and information on how you would use this grant. A portfolio containing recent works is also required. Deadline for applications is on May 15 and August 31 every year for the Summer and Winter Awards, respectively. Interested writers may apply online at their website or send their requirements via postal mail.

Sustainable Arts Foundation
1032 Irving Street #609
San Francisco, CA 94122-2200

Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences

The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences provides monthly $1,000 grants to different projects and their creators. While the foundation provides grants to projects across a wide spectrum, it does not provide funding for purchases for personal use, maintenance fees for established charities and foundations, and vague causes and applications. The foundation’s different chapters, which are divided geographically and by topic of interest, meet monthly to select a specific project to fund. Some chapters also contact applicants for interviews before providing the grants. Interested writers and organizations may apply online at their website or send an email to

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