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Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits to
Promote Poetry in American Culture

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Foundation / Corporation

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Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry

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Deadline Date:

02/15/18 Postmarked


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to USA nonprofits for activities that perpetuate the art of poetry in American culture and expand awareness of the positive effects of poetry on society. Letters of Intent must be submitted by December 31, 2017. Funds may be requested for poetry translation projects, developing a poetry audiences, and programs that use poetry to make a positive impact on society.

Grant Categories:

Translation and the Process of Translation

The translation of poetry from languages not currently available to English readers and poetry which has not been translated or merits a new translation. Projects, which explore the art and the process of translation, are also encouraged. The foundation does not fund publications of poetry-in-translation; it rather makes it a priority to give grants to individual translators. Samples from the proposed translation should accompany the application.

Developing the Poetry Audience

Organizations applying in this category should indicate who the target audience will be. Please describe previous programming the organization has successfully completed. Past programming has included documentary film production, dramatic presentations, school poetry programs, reading series, conferences, and seminars.

Uses of Poetry

Programs that use poetry for the greater public good. Model programs or curriculums that can be transferred to and used by other organizations are preferred. Past programs have focused on youth-at-risk, hospital and therapeutic programs, minorities, people with disabilities, prison programs, curriculum development, and documentary films.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146023

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations may apply for grant support from $1,000 to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Organizations may apply for a maximum of three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant support is provided to non-profit, tax exempt organizations as defined under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation will review proposals submitted by tax exempt organizations that assume legal, fiscal, and administrative responsibility for approved grants.

The Foundation does not support indirect costs for grant administration, endowment funds, capital improvements, or general operating expenses.

Pre-Application Information:

A Letter of Intent is required before a grant application can be approved. Letters of intent are accepted from August 1 through December 31.

Deadline submission for the Letter of Intent is December 31 each year. Receipt of your letter will be acknowledged. If the Foundation finds the request appropriate and within the scope of the foundation's mission, an invitation to submit an application will follow.

Completed applications must be postmarked by February 15 each year. Funding decisions are made at the April meeting of the Board of Directors. Applicants will be notified as to the status of their proposals by the end of May.

Grants are generally paid in installments beginning on a project start date after June 1, the beginning of the foundation's fiscal year.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail letters of intent to:

Letter of Intent
The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry
Post Office Box 10169
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-0169

Email letters to:

Phone: (505) 913-0082
Fax letters to: (505) 986-8222

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