I was so excited and grateful to hear that my new book project, Islands of Abandonment, has been selected to receive grant funding through the Calderwood Charitable Foundation’s Art of Journalism initiative. The application process, which is open to journalism fellows of the MacDowell Colony, required me to provide samples of the work in progress and records of associated research and travel costs already accrued, which have been a significant financial outlay over the past two years.
The funding is intended “to help the growing number of independent journalists and mitigate the impact of diminishing budgets for long-form journalism at media and publishing outlets.” More information about the Art of Journalism initiative can be found here.
It is a huge boon to receive the grant, not only in practical/financial terms, but emotionally too – it is great to feel supported and to receive outside recognition of a project’s value. So thank you, thank you to the Calderwood Charitable Trust.