Fund Your Writing: Where to Find Covid-19 Relief Grants for Authors

As Covid-19 concerns sweep the world, shelter-in-place orders have created what was once a rare commodity: spare time.

              The Corona-Era has given readers, unable to travel or socialize, the freedom to tackle TBR (to-be-read) piles in earnest or to discover new authors. In times of uncertainty, demand for uplifting words and spiritual guidance has created a new audience for Christian authors.

              Authors face the unique challenge of dividing their newly acquired time between revisiting unfinished manuscripts and seeking pandemic related grants and financial aid. With discipline and prayer, Gospel-centered stories of faith can be crafted, published and funded.

              Ready to apply for money to fund your writing? Here is a list of grants and their guidelines.

Pen America Writer’s Fund: https://pen.org/writers-emergency-fund/

PEN America will distribute grants of $500 to $1,000 based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

To be eligible, applicants must be based in the United States, be a professional writer, and be able to demonstrate that this one-time grant will be meaningful in helping them to address an emergency situation. The fund is limited, and not every application can be supported.

Funds will be available in mid-September.

Writers Emergency Assistance Fund: https://asja.org/For-Writers/WEAF

The Writers Emergency Assistance Fund helps established freelance writers who, because of illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant. However, applicants must establish a record of past professional freelance nonfiction writing over a sustained period of years, which means qualifications generally similar to those of ASJA members. WEAF does not award grants to beginning freelancers seeking funding for writing projects, nor does it fund works-in-progress of any kind.

Coronavirus-related WEAF funds are only available to those who cannot work because they are currently ill or caring for someone who is ill. Funds are not available to those who have lost work because publishers and/or clients are no longer assigning due of the pandemic.

Carnegie Fund for Authors: https://www.carnegiefundforauthors.org/

The mission of Carnegie Fund for Authors is to award grants to published authors who are in need of emergency financial assistance as a result of illness or injury to self, spouse, or dependent child, or who has had some other misfortune that has placed the applicant in pressing and substantial pecuniary need. They accept applications from any American author who has written at least one book of reasonable length that has been published commercially and received reader acceptance.

Author’s League Fund: https://authorsleaguefund.org/

Since 1917, the Authors League Fund has helped professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.

Many recipients suffer severe health problems but have inadequate insurance; some face eviction; many are older writers whose income has ceased through no fault of their own.

The Fund exists to help professional writers continue their careers with dignity by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses. Repayment of this emergency support is not required.

They are accepting applications from writers experiencing income loss due toCOVID-19.

Dramatists Guild Foundation: https://dramatistsguildfoundation.submittable.com/submit/164145/covid-19-emergency-grants

This form is for dramatists (playwrights, composers, lyricists, librettists) to apply for emergency financial assistance from the Dramatists Guild Foundation due to Covid-19 related circumstances. 

USW Project Grants: https://www.pw.org/content/usw_project_grants

Project Grants for BIPOC Writers in Detroit, Houston, and New Orleans

Writers who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) and reside in Detroit, Houston, or New Orleans may apply for grants.

The purpose of these grants is to support BIPOC writers in presenting virtual events that will engage communities in these cities as part of our ongoing initiative.

The deadline is September 30, 2020.

SEMAC: http://semac.org/what-s-new/our-next-deadline.php

Pandemic Relief Grants for working artists and culture bearers who can demonstrate a loss of essential artistic income due to the pandemic. Applications will be accepted September 1 to October 1, or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. Awards are $1,500. Funds to be released in mid-November.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund: https://aacnetwork.org/

In March 2020, Arts Administrators of Color set up an Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund, which supports BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists & arts administrators impacted by COVID-19 through $200 microgrants. 

Artist Relief:  https://www.artistrelief.org/

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers,designed by Americans for the Arts,to better identify and address the needs of artists.

To be eligible applicants must be over 18 years of age, be living and working in the U.S. for the last two years, provide a Social Security Number, experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners, and not previously been awarded a relief grant from this fund.

CROSSHATCH ARTIST EMERGENCY FUND: https://www.crosshatch.org/emergency

Individual artists (not non-profits or institutions) who earn 33% or more of their income from their art, who have lost income because of COVID-19 related cancellations, and who live in one of the following counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau are eligible for this award.

They will pay out funds to qualifying applications in the order they are received, on a weekly basis, until the funds are depleted. You may apply once, with a maximum request of $500. These are emergency funds to be used for hardship.

These are just a few of the grants available to help authors bring their stories to print in challenging times.

Kharis Publishing is available to give writers support for their works. We offer a full range of services to empower Christian authors to fulfill their publishing aspirations.

As an independent, traditional book publisher with a social mission, Kharis Publishing is founded to give voice to underrepresented authors – women, minority, and first-time authors. Like all traditional publishers, there is no out-of-pocket cost to you at any stage. We believe in your story. So, we equip you to tell your story in a way that glorifies God and inspires humanity, at no cost to you through our traditional publishing option. Become a published author today. Publish a book, and demonstrate that you are a trusted voice in your field. Above all, publish a book in obedience to God’s word to you. You don’t need to have a huge platform or national name recognition to become a published author. We take the pain out of traditional publishing. Since it’s early start in Bentonville Arkansas in 2015, Kharis Publishing has grown to become a trusted leader in Christian and inspirational book publishing. Kharis Publishing is an imprint of Kharis Media LLC, now headquartered in Chicagoland.

Please visit our page to submit your proposal: https://www.kharispublishing.com

Kharis Publishing

As an independent, traditional book publisher with a social mission, Kharis Publishing is founded to give voice to underrepresented authors – women, minority, and first-time authors. Like all traditional publishers, there is no out-of-pocket cost to you at any stage. We believe in your story. So, we equip you to tell your story in a way that glorifies God and inspires humanity, at no cost to you through our traditional publishing option. Become a published author today. Publish a book, and demonstrate that you are a trusted voice in your field. Above all, publish a book in obedience to God’s word to you. You don’t need to have a huge platform or national name recognition to become a published author. We take the pain out of traditional publishing. Since it’s early start in Bentonville Arkansas in 2015, Kharis Publishing has grown to become a trusted leader in Christian and inspirational book publishing. Kharis Publishing is an imprint of Kharis Media LLC, now headquartered in Chicagoland.