Dear Friends and Supporters, 

During this summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, we heard from several writers in our community who asked how they could help writers of color. Friends of Writers has established a new fund, Grants for Change, that will direct support immediately toward writers of color, including international writers of color. These immediate grants will allow us to assist new and diverse voices, and encourage writing that more accurately reflects the world we all share. We hope you will contribute this December to Grants for Change.

While we work toward the endowment goal of $300,000, we will, immediately, make 5% of all donations received available to Black, indigenous, and people of color, including international writers in those groups, who demonstrate need and promise. The first awards will be given in July 2021. Friends of Writers board members have already contributed $25,000 to the new fund. Won’t you join us by making a contribution today?

Your contribution will support the ongoing work of achieving equity within our community and amplifying historically marginalized or unheard voices. Ultimately, Grants for Change will allow us to broaden the scope of our giving to include assistance towards creative writing studies, residencies, retreats, festivals, and other writing-related endeavors.

Your gift to Grants for Change will ensure support for writers in need. In these difficult times, your contribution is essential. To donate, please visit this link:  friendsofwriters.org/donate/.

Thank you for your generosity, and best wishes for 2021.