The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced $27 million in grants for over 1,000 projects and programs as well as 35 Creative Writing Fellowships in poetry.
Grants were awarded to nonprofit organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, including over $1 million in the form of 44 literature grants, the agency said. The NEA’s grant making program Art Works funded most of the book-related projects, such as a $70,000 grant to Archipelago Books, Inc. in “support of the publication and promotion of international literature,” and a $55,000 grant to Coffee House Press for new books of fiction and poetry. More information on the grants can be found here.
The NEA also announced 35 recipients of the 2019 Creative Writing Fellowships, which this year are in poetry. Each recipient receives $25,000 (for a total of $875,000 in fellowships). This year’s fellows are “from across the country, diverse in ethnicity and background,” and have never previously received an NEA fellowship, the agency said.
The grant announcement is the first of two for the fiscal year, according to the NEA, which “supports local economies and preserves American heritage while embracing new forms of creative expression.”
“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” acting chairman of the NEA Mary Anne Carter said in a statement.