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Grants to USA Nonprofits to Promote Poetry in American Culture

Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry Grants


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Funding Source
Witter Bynner Foundation Inc
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 12/15/23
Deadline: 02/15/24 Postmarked Save

Grant Description
Grants of up 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. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry prior to applying. Funds may be requested for poetry translation projects, developing poetry audiences, and programs that use poetry to make a positive impact on society.

Categories of Support

The following categories may serve as a guideline to applicants in determining whether their programs fall within the Foundation's funding priorities.

  • Individual Poets – The Foundations ongoing poets-in-the schools poetry workshops and residencies are currently the primary grant support for individual poets. Individual poets must be sponsored by a 501 (c) (3) organization.
  • 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 will be considered. Projects that 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 provide support for individual translators. Samples from the proposed translation should accompany the application.
  • Developing the Poetry Audience - Organizations applying in this category should describe the target audience. Please indicate previous programming the organization has successfully completed. Past programming has included documentary film production, dramatic presentations, in-school poetry programs, reading series, conferences, and seminars. 
  • Uses of Poetry - Programs that use poetry for education, healing, and growth are encouraged. Model programs or curriculums that can be transferred 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.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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, 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 July 15 through December 15.

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.

Estimated Size of Grant
Organizations may apply for grant support from $1,000 to $10,000.

Term of Contract
Multi-year grants are one-year grants that may be renewed at the discretion of the foundation.

Contact Information
Mail letters of intent to:

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

Email letters to:

Phone: (505) 913-0082

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