The purpose of the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation’s New ERA Women Writers Program is to inspire women and girls to learn to write or to be supported in improving their current abilities. The foundation believes that one of the most important skills in life that one can attain is learning to be an effective writer and communicator. To that end, it supports programs that will provide women and girls with the knowledge and skills to express oneself through the art of writing and to encourage higher levels of training designed to assist women in delivering clear and persuasive arguments for change and equality.
In 2020, the foundation will award at least forty grants totaling $1 million to help transform the current writing environment for women and girls in Florida and New York.
The program was created to encourage writing professionals, teachers, counselors, professors, and even daycare workers to start or continue programs that support creative writing for women and girls. To that end, it supports all forms of writing, including journalism, fiction, poetry, prose, blogging, autobiography, book reviews, comic strips, diaries, and essays — as long as the proposed activity supports women and girls and their writing aspirations. Programs can be workshops, writing clubs, curriculum-based programs, afterschool programs, summer programs, retreats, and so on. Non-English language programs also will be considered.
Applications must be submitted by a registered 501(c)(3) organization and be for a program that takes place in Florida or New York. The requested amount cannot exceed $25,000.
For more information, see the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation website.