National Book Foundation Announces a New Funding Opportunity for Literary Arts Nonprofits

February 2024



The National Book Foundation (NBF) announced a new one-year funding opportunity for nonprofit literary arts organizations. Eligible organizations may apply to the National Book Foundation Capacity-Building Grant Program for one-year grants of $5,000 or $10,000 to support capacity-building initiatives. A grant from the Hawthornden Foundation, originally founded in 1983 by the late Drue Heinz, makes this program possible.

“United States-based literary arts nonprofits serve hundreds of thousands of readers and writers annually, yet funding opportunities to support these organizations are extremely limited,” said Ruth Dickey, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. “The National Book Foundation is grateful for the support of the Hawthornden Foundation, as we work to uplift and sustain our peer organizations so that books and reading remain an integral part of our shared culture.”

Through the National Book Foundation Capacity-Building Grant Program, nonprofit literary arts organizations may apply for grants to support projects that aim to create a sustainable and effective organization in the areas of fundraising, finance, or marketing; skill-building opportunities for staff and/or Board members; strategic planning consultants; diversity and equity initiatives; leadership development and management training; sabbaticals for long-term staff members and leaders; and succession planning.

“We are delighted to partner with the National Book Foundation in support of the literary arts community,” said Hawthornden Foundation Executive Director Ellyn Toscano. “We believe the National Book Foundation capacity-building grants will help to strengthen the field and bolster a thriving writing community.”

Grants will be recommended by an independent panel and approved by a committee of the NBF Board of Directors.

Applications will be accepted from Tuesday, April 2, through Friday, May 10, at 5pm ET. More information, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, will be available when the application opens in April.

To learn about a similar grant opportunity offered by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) for independent nonprofit literary arts publishers, visit their website at

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The Capacity-Building Grant Program is made possible by the Hawthornden Foundation.