Literary Arts Emergency Fund


On September 29, 2021, CLMP announced that we’ve again joined the Academy of American Poets and National Book Foundation to renew the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, providing another round of critical funding for nonprofit literary arts organizations and publishers experiencing continued financial losses due to COVID-19. Regrants from this fund are made possible by a renewed grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The application portal will open in November 2021.

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.

Eligibility

  • Literary arts organizations and publishers (magazines and presses)* AND
  • Incorporated nonprofits with 501(c)3 status OR a fiscal agent

*Because recent financial losses experienced by literary nonprofit organizations and publishers have been substantial and emergency relief is limited, libraries, museums, book arts organizations, literacy 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

The application portal will open in November 2021 and close in January 2022. Literary organizations and publishers may view guidelines at https://literaryartsemergencyfund.submittable.com/submit once the portal opens in November. The Academy of American Poets, CLMP, and the National Book Foundation will also host an information session on how to apply in the fall. Applicants will be notified and grants will be distributed in April 2022.

Additional Information

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

The determination of grant amounts included financial need and projected loss due to COVID-19; diversity, equity, and inclusion in regards to an organization’s staff and board, poets and writers contracted, and audiences served; budget size; and an organization’s demonstrated ability to offer continued 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 respectively made grants to:

  • Poetry organizations;
  • Publishers (literary magazines and presses);
  • Literary or writers’ centers, book festivals, Writers in the Schools programs, and literary presenting organizations.

Decisions about the eligibility of applications as determined by these three organizations are final.

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

Applications will be considered by three panels, each organized by one of the administering organizations. Panel ratings will form the basis for funding recommendations. Award decisions will be approved and finalized by members of the Board of Directors of the three organizations.

Panelist Self-Nomination

LAEF panelists play a central role in reviewing and recommending applications for funding across the literary arts field. Individuals who represent a broad range of literary and cultural viewpoints, backgrounds, and work experiences are encouraged to apply to participate in this process. Each of the administering organizations will convene a three-person panel to review applications in February 2022 and hold a three-hour deliberation in March 2022 to make recommendations for the final award decisions. Panelists will each receive a $2,000 honorarium for their service.

Please fill out this form to express your interest in serving for the 2021-2022 LAEF application cycle by Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 5:00pm ET.

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].

For information about how to donate to the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, visit poets.org/donate/litfund or contact Jennifer Benka, Executive Director, Academy of American Poets.

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