Literary Arts Emergency Fund


UPDATE JANUARY 19, 2022
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, current Omicron surge, and related hardships for organizations nationally, the Literary Arts Emergency Fund will re-open its submission portal for a two-week extension from Wednesday, January 19, 2022, to Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at 5:59pm EST. We warmly encourage all nonprofit literary arts organizations and publishers who have not yet applied to please submit applications during this window.

 

Applications for the second round of the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, administered by CLMP, the Academy of American Poets, and the National Book Foundation, will be accepted from November 8, 2021, through January 5, 2022, at 11:59 PM EST. This year’s panelists are Joseph O. Legaspi, Steph Opitz, and Sara Ortiz. Read more about the panelists. 

Nonprofit literary arts organizations and publishers experiencing continued financial losses due to COVID-19 can view guidelines and apply for funding at https://literaryartsemergencyfund.submittable.com/submit.

Regrants from this fund, which will total $4.3 million, are made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For answers to frequently asked questions about the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, visit https://www.clmp.org/literary-arts-emergency-fund-faqs/.

 

Watch a how-to video about the Literary Arts Emergency Fund application.

Eligibility

  • Literary arts organizations and publishers* AND
  • Incorporated nonprofits with 501(c)3 status OR a fiscal agent AND
  • Based in the United States, U.S. territories, or Tribal lands

*Because recent financial losses experienced by nonprofit literary arts organizations and publishers have been substantial and emergency relief is limited, libraries, museums, book arts organizations, humanities councils, centers for the book, residencies, playwriting organizations, author’s homes, and organizations devoted to championing the legacy of an individual writer are ineligible.

Deadline & Notification

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 11:59 PM EST. Only submissions made online through Submittable will be reviewed.

All applicant organizations will be notified whether or not they received funding via Submittable by Monday, April 11, 2022.

Additional Information

The Literary Arts Emergency Fund will award one-time, unrestricted emergency grants from $5,000 to $50,000.

Grant amounts will be determined by the following factors: financial need and projected loss due to COVID-19; budget size; diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to an organization’s staff and board; poets and writers contracted with; audiences served; geographic location; and an organization’s ability to continue offering programming.

This Literary Arts Emergency Fund is managed by the Academy of American Poets, Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, and National Book Foundation, which will respectively be making grants to:

  • Organizations that promote poets and/or poetry;
  • Publishers (literary magazines and presses);
  • Literary or writers’ centers, book festivals, Writers in the Schools programs, literary presenting organizations, and other literary organizations.

Final determinations as to which docket applicants are to be considered within will be made by the managing organizations.

Decisions about the eligibility of applications as determined by the three managing organizations are final. Information collected in this application will only be publicly reported in aggregate.

The three managing organizations assume no responsibility for applications not received due to user error. Applicant organizations will receive an email confirming receipt of their application and may verify receipt of their application by logging into Submittable.

Applications will be reviewed by independent panelists who will be named on the three managing organizations’ websites. Panel ratings will form the basis for funding. Award decisions will be approved and finalized by members of the Board of Directors of the three managing organizations. At this time, the three managing organizations are unable to offer feedback to applicants on award decisions.

Background

In 2020, CLMP joined the Academy of American Poets and the National Book Foundation to establish the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, which provided $3.5 million to the literary arts, a field that has been disastrously impacted by COVID-19. Regrants from this fund were made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Read the full list of grantees.

On September 29, 2021, CLMP announced that we would continue our partnership with the Academy of American Poets and the National Book Foundation to administer the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, providing another round of critical funding.

Questions?

All correspondence concerning technical questions in regards to Submittable accounts and the application should be directed to [email protected].

All correspondence concerning applications from publishers should be directed to [email protected].

All correspondence concerning applications from poetry organizations should be directed to [email protected].

All correspondence concerning applications from literary or writers centers, book festivals, Writers in the Schools programs, and literary presenting organizations should be directed to [email protected].

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