May I apply using my pen name? No. Please use your legal name. In the application letter you can let us know your pen name.
The application asks for my legal name. What if I don’t go by that name anymore? We request your legal name as that is usually the name associated with your social security number. Should you receive a grant, you’ll need to complete a W-9 tax form. If you prefer to use another name, just let us know your preferred name in the application letter and we’ll use that name when corresponding with you.
May I submit more than one application? Yes. Each application is considered a new and complete application. You will follow all the guidelines for each application and pay the application fee for each.
How should I format my application? Use Times New Roman 12-point font and double space your application document. Numbering pages is optional. Please review the application section on the guidelines page.
What can I do to make my application strong? Read the guidelines and application directions carefully and follow those directions. We want to receive thoughtful, well-written proposals that reflect you, your commitment and passion. Consider your application as you would any writing that you are sending for review. Does your application reflect your writing style? Does it clearly describe your project? Polish and edit before you submit. Your application will be competing with other applications.
What is the application fee? The application fee helps offset the costs of Submittable, administering the grants and providing reading and selection committee fees and stipends.
How flexible is the application deadline? The 2024 applications close at midnight PST on February 5, 2024. We will not be able to accept applications after that time. Please submit well before the last hour. We are unable to handle last minute challenges.
Are my application materials made public? No. Your application materials are confidential. We like to publicize our grantees, but will only use information a grantee has provided and given us permission to use.
Who is eligible to apply for a LANDO grant? Writers over the age of 18 who are working on a writing project exploring the issues and challenges of immigration, migration, and/or the refugee experience. Applications are open to all writers regardless of race, ethnicity, gender orientation, education, economic situation, geographic origin or location.
I write with a partner. Can we apply jointly for a grant? No. Only individuals are eligible for a grant. If you write with a partner, one of you may apply. Should you be awarded a grant, you are free to share the grant award with your partner. Please discuss the partnership in your application.
Are MFA students eligible to apply for a grant? Yes.
Can organizations apply for a LANDO grant? No. Applicants must be individuals. Companies or organizations are not eligible.
Are all genres of writing considered? Yes. Fiction, non-fiction, creative nonfiction, short-story, poetry, YA, children’s books, plays and screenplays are considered.
May I submit my application in a language other than English? No. Only applications submitted in English will be considered.
Should I submit a writing sample that is related to the project for which I’m requesting funds, or may I submit a writing sample about anything? Please submit an unpublished writing sample related to the project for which you are seeking funds.
What should I do if the five-page writing sample limit comes mid-paragraph? Complete the paragraph on the next page.
What if my writing sample gets published before the close of the award submission date? Contact us at email@example.com if this happens and the selection committee will decide.
If my writing sample is only four pages will I still be eligible? Yes.
The writing sample I would like to submit with my application has been workshopped but never published. Is that permissible? Yes.
If I receive a grant, do I need to write a final report? Yes. All grantees will be asked to submit a brief final report. The final report lets The de Groot Foundation learn about the impact of this kind of funding for writers. Your report is an important gesture that paves the way for future grantees.
Who is on the LANDO grant selection committee? The LANDO Selection Committee members are writers and writing professionals who have a special interest in migration, immigration and refugees and who appreciate the challenges of emerging writers.
When will I find out if I have received a grant? By the end of May 2024.
If I’m awarded a grant, how soon will I receive the grant funds? Grantees should receive the grant funds once we have received your completed Grant Agreement and W-9 (if appropriate) form. Grantees should received funds by early June 2024.
If it’s difficult for me to pay the application fee, do I have any other options? Each year, we have a limited number of application fee waivers for writers facing financial challenges. To be considered for an application fee waiver, please send a brief letter of request to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 21, 2024. You will be notified by January 25, 2024 if you have received a fee waiver. Unfortunately, we cannot consider fee waiver requests after January 21, 2024.
What is a grant acceptance agreement? A one-page signed agreement between The de Groot Foundation and the grantee specifying conditions, timeline, publicity and reporting agreements.
Do I have to pay taxes on the grant funds? Depending on your country of residence, you will need to speak with your accountant to understand your tax implications. For U.S. based grantees, you will receive a W-9 taxpayer identification form to complete before receiving the funds. In January you’ll receive a 1099 tax form.
If I do not receive a grant this year, may I apply again next year? Yes.
If I’m not a successful grant applicant, will I receive feedback about how to improve my application for another year? We are not able to provide individual feedback to applicants who do not receive grants. We may put general feedback updates on the website to help people strengthen future applications. Selection committee decisions are final.
If you have a question that has not been answered, please write to: email@example.com. Please note that we will not be able to respond to questions after 8 pm EST on February 4, 2024.