Rhode Island Foundation Offers $25,000 Grants to Local Writers
The money is meant to provide writers with funds so they can focus on their work and not be distracted or overwhelmed trying to make ends meet.
The Rhode Island Foundation is currently accepting applications from local writers for up to three $25,000 grants. The money is meant to provide writers with funds so they can focus on their work and not be distracted or overwhelmed trying to make ends meet.
The grants will be provided through the Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund. The MacColl Johnson fellowships have been around for fifteen years and rotate every three years between composers, writers and visual artists. They are considered to be the largest no-strings-attached awards for writers in the country.
Though recipients of the award may do as they please with the money, they are encouraged to use it for artistic development through training, travel and research. They’re expected to use their time to create new work and explore new creative endeavors and directions.
Writers from any genre are welcome to apply, and they will be judged on the quality of their work samples, artistic development and their creative contribution to the literary arts. The grants will be given to emerging-to-mid-career artists that have the greatest potential for growth with the fellowship.
Five recognized practicing artists and arts professionals from out of state will be the judges who choose the recipients.
Anyone who wants to apply must be considered a legal resident of Rhode Island for at least a year before the application deadline on August 8. Students currently enrolled in any kind of degree-granting program or writers with advanced levels of career achievements are not eligible.