Literary Event Grants of Georgia (LEGG) supports writers’ fees for literary events in underserved communities across the state. Literary events include readings, workshops, presentations, and performances.
We provide grants of $50-$250 for a literary event. We strongly encourage organizations to match our payments to writers, but this requirement may be waived if there are extenuating circumstances. To support as many literary events as possible, we generally grant no more to $500 to organizations during the course of our fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
Certain counties in Georgia—specifically Fulton, Cobb, and Dekalb counties—are excluded from LEGG funding as they receive funding from other organizations. The project director and employees of the sponsoring organization are not eligible for support.
Organizations that may apply for grants include: colleges, cultural centers, museums, libraries, correctional facilities, hospitals, small presses, community and senior centers, places of worship, bookstores, galleries, and theaters. Nonprofit status is not required. Though we consider applications from organizations only, we encourage writers to initiate events and let organization that they can apply on the writer’s behalf. Priority will be given to organizations that:
• Serve a culturally diverse audience
• Feature culturally diverse writers
• Present programs in rural or other underserved areas
• Have not previously received LEGG support
• Are able to match LEGG’s payment fee to the writer (not including in-kind contributions for meals, lodging, or travel)
• Are open to the public, with the exception of events taking place in institutions such as prisons or nursing homes
• Have a publicity plan and/or strong publicity samples from past events.
The writer for whom a LEGG is requested must be listed in the Georgia Writers Registry (if not registered, writers may apply to register through the Center for Southern Literature). Eligible writers include: poets and performance poets, fiction and creative nonfiction writers, and playwrights.