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B. Emergency Grants

American Poets Fund
The fund assists poets of demonstrated ability who are in a state of urgent financial need. Grants cannot be used to promote or otherwise enhance literary talent or reputation, and applications are not accepted. Academy Chancellors, Fellows, and prize winners must bring the circumstances of qualifying poets to the attention of the American Poets Fund committee by sending a letter of nomination, including specifics about the nominee's current financial situation, to the Executive Director of the Academy.
Mailing Address:
The Academy of American Poets
584 Broadway Suite 1208
New York, NY 10012
Website: http://www.speculativeliterature.org/Writing/medical.php


American Society of Journalists & Authors

The American Society of Journalists and Authors helps established freelance writers across the country who because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis, are unable to work.
Mailing Address:
1501 Broadway, Suite 302
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: 212-997-0947
Fax: 212-937-2315
Email: weaf@asja.org
Website: http://www.asja.org/weaf/
                         

Human Rights/Hellman-Hammett Grants
Human Rights Watch administers the Hellman/Hammett grant program for writers who have been victims of political persecution or are in financial need. Hellman/Hammett grants typically range from $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000. In addition to providing much needed financial assistance, the Hellman/Hammett grants focus attention on repression of free speech and censorship by publicizing the persecution that the grant recipients endured.
Mailing Address:

Human Rights Watch
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Telephone:
212-290-4700
Fax:
212-736-1300
Email:
hrwnyc@hrw.org
Website:
http://www.hrw.org/en/node/75288

Poets In Need
Poets in Need is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 providing emergency assistance to poets who have an established presence in the literary community as innovators in the field and have a substantive body of published work.  Assistance is given only in cases of current financial need that is in excess of and unrelated to the recipient's normal economic situation and that is the result of recent emergency (due, for example, to fire, flood, eviction, or a medical crisis).
Mailing Address:

Post Office 5411
Berkeley, CA 94705
Email:
walterblue@earthlink.net
Website:
http://www.poetsinneed.org/

The Academy of American Poets
Academy of American Poets hosts the American Poets Fund for poets with illness or emergency.
Mailing Address:
The Academy of American Poets
584 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10012-5243
Telephone: 212-274-0343
Fax:  212-274-9427
Website:
http://www.poets.org/

The PEN Writers Fund
Emergency fund for professional--published or produced--writers with serious financial difficulties.
Mailing Address:
PEN American Center
Writers' Fund
588 Broadway, Suite 303
New York, NY 10012
Telephone: 212-334-1660 Ext. 101
Fax: 212-334-2181
Email: aproctor@pen.org
Website:
http://www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/251

The PEN Fund for Writers and Editors with HIV/AIDS
Administered under the PEN Writers’ Fund, grants of up to $2,000 are given to professional writers and editors who face serious financial difficulties because of HIV or AIDS-related illness.
Mailing Address:
PEN American Center
Writers' Fund
588 Broadway, Suite 303
New York, NY 10012
Telephone: 212-334-1660 Ext. 101
Fax: 212-334-2181
Email: aproctor@pen.org
Website: http://www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/251
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