There are so many opportunities for young people to gain assistance to college; however, there are some great scholarships and grants for adult writers too. Here are a few found on the web.
Crystal Spirit Publishing’s Spirit of Writing Grant
The purpose of the Spirit of Writing Grant Program is to provide funding for projects that assist individuals with furthering their desire and ability to write, perform, or publish. There will be two grant cycles in 2014, with deadlines January 31 and July 31. Grants range from $500-$2500. Complete details and application are available on the website.
Crystal Spirit Publishing, Inc.
c/o Spirit of Writing Grant
PO Box 12506
Durham, NC 27709
No email, but a contact form is available here.
A Room of Her Own (AROHO)
The Gift of Freedom Award is a fellowship of $50,000 designed to bridge the gap between a woman’s financial reality and her artistic creation. One fellowship awarded biennially, along with up to three genre awards of $5,000 each. (Note: the 2011 award cycle was postponed because of funding issues; the 2013 awards were funded and awarded.) AROHO also sponsors a biennial writer’s retreat in the New Mexico high desert. Other awards and resources are available; check the website for details.
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc.
Grants to poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, visual artists, and for a mixed-genre category (illustration and text) to feminist women in the arts; amount ranges from $500 to $1,500. Two application deadlines each year: December 31 (Visual Art, Mixed Genre, and Fiction) and June 30 (Nonfiction and Poetry). Application materials are online in PDF form or by mail (send them a SASE.) Application fee is $25.
National League of American Pen Women, Inc.
The Shirley Holden Helberg Grants for Mature Women, is given for work submitted by women over 35 in each of three categories: Art, Letters, and Music. Grant amount is $1,000. Complete information is available here.
Various other writing competitions are available through the many local branches of the national organization.
Currently the NLAPW is working to build up membership; members have access to the Pen Arts library and other resources.
The Foundation grants two awards for writers annually: Legacy Award recognizes and awards prizes to writers of African descent for fiction, debut fiction, non-fiction, and poetry published in the award year. The Award for College Writers was established by novelist Marita Golden to honor excellence in fiction writing by students of African descent. Winners are selected annually in April for the best unpublished short story or novel excerpt.
The Foundation also sponsors several writers’ workshops for adults and teens. Check the website for details.
The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation
Washington, DC Office
2714 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
12138 Central Avenue, Suite 953
Bowie, MD 20721
These scholarships and grants were curated by Women Arts, but there are many more on their site as well as on the web. Happy hunting and please pursue some help to create your work in peace.