Grants for Disabled Writers


Writing is, generally speaking, an act done without a safety net or parachute. While very successful writers and some copywriters have job security, the majority of writers have neither health insurance nor any of the other safety cushions that come with more traditionally structured occupations. There are, however, some sources of aid for the disabled writer.

Writers Emergency Assistance Fund

  • The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) is a professional organization of freelance, non-fiction writers. This group offers a Writers' Emergency Assistance Fund to help disabled writers. You need not be a member of ASJA to apply, but you must demonstrate a history of years of publication. The emergency fund is only for the temporary aid of disabled writers; it is not for funding projects. Self-published or vanity press writers are not eligible.

    The American Society of Journalists and Authors
    Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
    1501 Broadway, Suite 302
    New York, NY 10036

Carnegie Fund for Authors

  • The Carnegie Fund for Authors gives one-time grants to authors who have published at least one successful book. This aid is provided to those who have suffered a financial emergency as a result of illness or injury to self as well as a spouse or dependent child. The need must be urgent, substantial and verifiable.

    Carnegie Fund for Authors
    One Old Country Road
    Carle Place, NY 11514

PEN Writers Fund

  • The PEN Writers Fund gives grants and loans up to $2,000 for writers in need. There is a separate fund for writers disabled due to HIV/AIDS. PEN also maintains a list of organizations that provide relief, legal aid and a variety of other resources for writers in need. Self-published and vanity press authors are not eligible.

    PEN Writers Fund
    PEN American Center
    588 Broadway
    New York, NY 10012

The SFWA Emergency Medical Fund

  • The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical Fund is only for active members of SFWA. They also administer an emergency legal fund for members. To become a member you must have published three qualifying short stories, one qualifying book or have written one qualifying screenplay for a subsequently produced work.

    The SFWA Emergency Medical Fund
    P.O. Box 155
    Kenosha, WI 53141

John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund

  • The John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund awards $1,000 to $10,000 grants to artists in need. To apply, contact them by letter stating purpose, amount requested and period of funding. You must include supporting documentation.

    The John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund
    P.O. Box 382203
    Cambridge, MA 02238

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