Government Grants for New Writers

Updated April 17, 2017

Government grants can be a good way to provide funding for researching a writing project. Many writers seek out government grants to help them in this writing process and get their work published.


Any writer looking to apply for a government grant should have expertise in a specific subject or field. The topic of the book or research will need to have interest for the general public or for the organisation that funds the grant.


Know what you want to write about before applying for a grant. Writers that come to the process unprepared will usually not be awarded grant money for their book.


The size of a writing grant will vary widely depending on the organisation that awards the grant. Writers can seek higher grant awards from organisations such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for Humanities.


There are no specific education requirements to apply for many federal grants. The organisations are looking for great ideas. The writer applying should have a few years of experience writing in their field, or have earned a master's degree or higher in English or a field of expertise.

Alternative Options

If a writer cannot find a grant to apply for at the federal level, there might be grants available at the state and local government levels. These grants are often available to writers who have an interest in the local community.

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Terri Deno is a freelance writer living near Indianapolis. She holds a B.A. in English from Ball State University. She has a passion for research; this passion is the driving force for writing about antiques, literature, genealogy, shopping and travel.