Thursday, November 26, 2015

Grants for Writers – Get the Money / Residency - Apply!

Among the country’s largest grant makers, in average one proposal in three is typically funded. Study the requirements carefully, ask for copies of grant proposals they have previously funded. Some samples can even be found on their websites or other resources available online.  Write your proposal in a positive manner and language and proof-read it carefully.  Explain how your project can benefit others.  

How to Write a Grant Proposal
If you have never written a grant proposal before, do some research on the topic before you begin.  Numerous how-to listings and guidelines offer insights to novice grant writers, and even those with experience.  Understand the meanings of the vocabulary being used in grant guidelines or to access a glossary of common terms.  Some sponsor guidelines will even provide just such a glossary unique to the particular sponsor. 

Current Grant Offers:
For Australian Writers
International Fellowships in Helsinki, Finland,  Berlin, Germany or Rome, Italy.
The International Residencies Program enables the artistic development of individual artists and groups by brokering and offering high quality residency experiences.  Residencies last between 6 months and one year.  See several case studies of residencies
Closing: midnight, 1 December 2015.

Rauschenberg Foundation 2016 Artist as Activist Fellowship
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announced the 2016 Artist as Activist Fellowship, which provides independent artists and art collectives with a demonstrated commitment to applying their creative work to the public sphere up to $100,000 over two years along with access to opportunities for professional advancement. This years theme is racial justice with particular focus on mass incarceration. US-based artists and artist collectives seeking to work full-time on an ambitious creative work tackling this issue should apply. Fellowship period is May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018. Applicants will be notified in Late April 2016. 
Deadline: December 7 at 5:00 pm (EST).

Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency in New Smyrna, FL
In this beautiful, modern residency, close to New Smyrna, FL, artists participate in informal sessions with their group, interact/collaborate, and work independently on their own projects. The relaxed atmosphere, unstructured program and lush, unspoiled environment provide considerable time for artistic experimentation, exploration and creation. Full and partial scholarships are provided.
Open to all artists (US and International), a basic command of the English language is necessary.  Applicants must be at least 21 years old at the time of the residency
Deadlines: March 24 for Summer, May 19 for Fall residency.

November 2015: Application for Amtrak Residency is Open!
The Amtrak Residency Program:  “An idea sparked by our customers, the residency offers a select group of writers the chance to traverse the country in trains and experience amazing scenery, an environment that fosters engaging connections and the unique opportunity to explore and be inspired by the diversity of landscapes America has to offer.  The 24 residents offer a diverse representation of the writing community and hail from across the country.”

For more Grants and Residencies do check out the websites below.  Most grants will be offered every year. So if you miss a deadline, mark your calendar for the next one. Read this article to get ten tips before applying.  There are hundreds of possibilities for writers, and statistically the odds you win are pretty high!


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