Expressing Motherhood performer, Michelle Kholos Brooks, shared an article with me that speaks right to you parents that write. It is about a mom and dad based out of San Francisco who in 2011 decided to start:

Sustainable Arts Foundation (SAF), a nonprofit based in San Francisco that provides unrestricted financial awards to writers and artists across the country with children under the age of eighteen.

I LOVE what the founder have to say on their website:

Too often, creative impulses are set aside to meet the wonderful, but pressing, demands of raising a family. The foundation’s goal is to encourage parents to continue pursuing their creative passion, and to rekindle it in those who may have let it slide.

Tony and Caroline Grant are lucky enough to have an amazing studio where their two young kids can entertain themselves and they can create. They realized that not everyone can afford that and so they started this foundation.

Photo via NYTimes

Photo via NYTimes

To date the organization has provided funding to more than forty individuals, each year handing out ten Foundation Awards of six thousand dollars each and ten Promise Awards of a thousand dollars each. Past winners have included poet Travis Mossotti, novelist Emily Barton, and nonfiction writer William Adler. Despite the impressive pedigrees of some of SAF’s previous winners, the Grants insist that they are open to receiving applications from artists of all kinds. Applications, which are accepted twice annually, in the spring and fall, are entirely portfolio based, and the foundation doesn’t charge an entry fee, a decision that was made to keep the process as open as possible.

To apply simply click here. The deadline is February 28th so don’t delay!