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Peggy Girshman Idea Grants

Grants to USA Groups and Individuals for Professional Support to
Science Writers and to Benefit the Field of Science Writing

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National Association of Science Writers (NASW)

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 to USA groups and individuals for projects and programs designed to help science writers in their professional lives and to benefit the field of science writing. Proposals can serve non-members as well as members of the funding source. NASW encourages creative thinking, thus the guidelines for these proposals are consciously broad.

The project must be in keeping with the mission of NASW, and should be accessible to all science writers.

NASW especially supports the efforts of regional science writing groups to make their professional development activities available to all science writers via webcasts, transcription, live blogging and other online or digital resources.

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GrantWatch ID#: 163224

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NASW invites proposals from individuals or groups for grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000, with grants between $5,000 and $10,000 encouraged.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

NASW invites proposals from individuals or groups.

NASW encourages proposals from all NASW members, including PIOs, journalists, freelance writers, and anybody else. Membership is not required.

The project should not be for individual works, e.g. underwriting a single investigative piece or book, but it could, for instance, underwrite a study of the state of science writing in the USA or beyond.

In general, Idea Grants may not be used to fund costs already incurred. Only direct costs are allowed. Indirect costs are not allowable.

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the Dos-And-Don'ts document.

Please visit the fact page, which includes tips on how to write a successful grant application in a list of do’s and don’ts:

The NASW Grants Committee will review applications, which are due Thursday, Dec. 15. Applications for more than $5,000 will also be reviewed by the NASW Executive Board. Applicants in this round will be notified by February 1, 2018, and can expect disbursements to begin soon thereafter, pending grantees’ acceptance of the grant contract. Applicants should take this timeline into account when planning events.

Contact Information:

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

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The National Association of Science Writers, Inc.
P.O. Box 7905
Berkeley, CA 94707
Phone: (510) 647-9500

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