Grants for Disabled Writers

Grants for Disabled Writers – Writing is one of the best ways to channel your emotions and thoughts, and it can also be a great career option, especially for people who are disabled. Unfortunately, being a writer usually doesn’t come with health insurance, pension money, etc. That being said, there is still some kind of financial aid for disabled writers available in the United States. This post will focus on that and hopefully, this will help to answer your questions about financial assistance:


Grants for Disabled Writers Options

Local Opportunities

The first step of searching disabled writers’ financial aid would be in your local area, whether it is your town, region or state. You can contact your town’s art council or your state’s arts agencies. If you do not know the address, we highly recommend you to look for such information at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.

John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund

If you’re looking for grants that can help you with your project, you may apply for the John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund. This fund allocates grants in various amounts, depending on your need. Send your application letter that explain your purpose, period of funding, the needed amount of money and also required documentation that can prove your point to them. The grant awardees will receive somewhere between $1,000 to $10,000.

Artist Trust

The Artist Trust foundation offers the Carnegie Fund for Authors, a program dedicated to provide emergency financial assistance for writers who have published at least one successful book, including the disabled writers. The financial assistance comes in the form of one-time grant that can be managed for various purposes; but mainly they are used to help covering the cost of medical treatment, since only injured or ill writers (and also their spouse or dependent children) are eligible for the grant.

American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)

Standing as one of the biggest organization consisted of freelance, non-fiction writers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors can be your option in finding disabled writers’ grants. Their Writers’ Emergency Assistance Fund is assigned to help disabled writers that need temporary financial help. However, it’s need to remember that the money given should not be used to fund your project. Although you don’t have to be an ASJA member to apply for the grant, you do need to prove that you have published approved publication over the years.

PEN Writers Fund

Aside of providing list of organization that can help fellow writers (legal aid, financial relief, etc), there are both grants and loans available from PEN Writers Fund. Eligible writers will be able to receive up to $2,000 in the form of grants or loans. To be eligible, you should be able to prove your confirmed publications over the years. Needless to say, writers that write vanity press also self-published publications are not eligible.

These are some examples of opportunities for grants for disabled writers. I hope that help!


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