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A new emergency fund will help literary organizations hit hard by the pandemic.

Aaron Robertson

July 17, 2020, 9:28am

Let’s welcome Friday with a little bit of light.

This morning, three major arts nonprofits, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, announced a $3.5 million fund that will be used to give one-time grants (between $5,000 and $50,000) to literary arts organizations, publishers, and nonprofits that have stood on uncertain financial ground during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Literary Arts Emergency Fund is jointly administered by the National Book Foundation, the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, and the Academy of American Poets.

Citing a report from Americans for the Arts, fund administrators observed that more than 250 literary organizations have lost more than $7 million since the pandemic began.

Earlier this week, Poets & Writers compiled a helpful list of financial resources, including regional and national writer relief funds. You can find a similarly expansive list on the Creative Capital website too.

Applications for the emergency fund will be accepted through August 7th.

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