Friday, February 17, 2017

Grants for Disabled Artists (Time for Disappointment)

I'm frustrated.  When I began, I knew finding grants for disabled/neurodivergent writers and artists wouldn't be easy.  And it exceeded my expectations.


I've stumbled across many broken links or outdated sources, the bricked-up alleyways of the Internet.

I've found grants for diverse writers where nearly every difference is accounted for... every one but disability.

I've found resources for nondisabled people to make their art and/or events accessible for the disabled/neurodivergent.  This aim is great, but wasn't what I was looking for.

There are grants supporting the arts as hobbies or therapy, not careers.


Below, you will locate what little information there is.
I don't know much about grants, so I can't provide insight.
Most grants are tied to region and/or genre.
Some require 1 to 1 funding.
Always read guidelines carefully. 

The Arts Council's Art and Disability (Ireland)
There are many funding opportunities for artists given, including a few specifically for artists with disabilities in Ireland.  (Scroll down the page.)

Tangled Art + Disability has two grants for Ontario-based disabled artists.

Exhibition Assistance Grant:

"This program is open to Ontario-based professional visual artists, craft artists, media artists and artist collectives who have a confirmed, upcoming public exhibition. Exhibitions in Ontario, in other Canadian provinces, and in international locations are all eligible. Tangled accepts applications from artists who identify as disabled, Deaf, and Mad."

Theatre Creators Reserve Grant:

"Tangled is currently accepting applications for the OAC’s Theatre Creators’ Reserve funding. This program provides grants of $1000 to $5,000 to assist theatre creators, playwrights, and informal collectives with costs related to developing a theatrical work, including developing relationships with other theatre artists."

Dates for the 2017 grants haven't been posted.
The website also talks about a residency, but doesn't have anything there beyond an article from 2013.

California Arts Council gives disabled California artists grants between $500 and $1,500 for things that would advance their careers (like travel to workshops or residencies in California, supplies to finish a work, etc.).

VSA Minnesota Emerging Artist Grant Program for Minnesota artists (and seems to include NYC artists, as well).
Has a "general grant program" which isn't currently open.
There are also programs for composers and those working in film.
Extra information:   The "eligibility quiz" asks if someone is applying through a fiscal sponsor.

Artists with Disabilities Access Program for Ohio artists is not for just one artistic discipline.  Individual applicants can request up to $1,000.
Deadlines:  "June 1 annually (for activities taking place July 15—next June 30) and, if program funds are not expended, December 1 annually (for activities taking place January 15—June 30)"
From the Website:  "The Artists with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) provides funding that gives artists with disabilities the necessary resources they need to further their artistic development. The OAC believes that creative expression by artists of all abilities is essential to building dynamic and diverse communities throughout Ohio."

Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds Grants are given by The Speculative Literature Foundation.  Both are small grants of $500.  The application process is from May 1st to July 31st.  These are for speculative (horror, sci-fi, fantasy) fiction writers who have an in-progress project (preference given to book-length works).

The Diverse Writers Grant is for minority writers whose "marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing/publishing process".

The Diverse Worlds Grant is "intended for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background".


There are probably (hopefully) more grants out there for disabled and/or neurodivergent writers.  Contact your state/regional arts councils.  Maybe they just don't put each grant offered onto the Internet.  Email organisations for disabled/neurodivergent citizens.

I will report more grants if I come across them, lovelies.  I hope this helps some of you.

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