I wanted to draw your attention to two grants currently available for writers at different stages in their careers.
The first is the Writing NSW Early Career Writer Grants for writers residing in NSW. There are four grants of $5,000 each available for projects to be conducted in 2017. According to the guidelines, activities supported under the grant program include project-related travel, professional development and mentoring, in addition to the creation and development of new work. Applications close on 28th August.
The second is a lucrative $80,000 Author Fellowship offered by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund for one writer to focus on creating his or her next work. It’s open to writers of almost all genres, but the eligibility criteria are tough – five works already published (two can be self-published), with a publisher’s letter of intention to publish, or a publishing contract, for the work the Fellow would conduct during the 12 months of Fellowship money. I suspect these criteria are why the deadline has been extended from 24th August to 23rd September.