Emergency Fund

The SCBWI Emergency Fund gives a grant of us to $1,500 to a member for anything that would help them create children’s literature. For nonmembers with disabilities, the funds may support memberships and/or registration to events.

General info

The SCBWI Emergency Fund has been established to provide assistance to SCBWI members of at least six months’ standing in times of emergency or hardship. The emergency or hardship could involve, for example, matters of health, family issues, or natural disasters that are in any way restricting or preventing an SCBWI member’s ability to work as an author or illustrator. There is a $1,500 cap on any given grant, and no member may receive the grant more than twice. SCBWI does not expect to be reimbursed for grants made from the Emergency Fund.

Submission guidelines

Applications for assistance can come from the individual member seeking the aid or from someone noting their member friend or associate is in need of assistance. Applications are confidential and not shared outside the organization. We are currently pausing from accepting new submissions. Please continue to check back here for updates.

Donate to Emergency / Tribute Fund

Your generous gift helps children's authors, illustrators, and translators in need of crucial assistance.

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