Cave Canem Fellows & Faculty Fund

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Cave Canem established the Fellows & Faculty Fund in 2020, originally to help support members of our community during a time of global hardship. As Cave Canem continues its mission to foster community across the diaspora, these grants will serve as a resource for Fellows to nurture their poetic pursuits and help them create (and implement) programs that make access to Black Poetry more equitable. The fund offers two types of grants to Fellows and Faculty:

Fellows & Faculty Fund – Individual Support

$500 – to use at the discretion of the recipient (usually for urgent/unexpected expenses or as supplemental support of artistic practice and development). Grantees receiving funds in any given year are eligible to apply again the following year, with preference given to first-time applicants.

Fellows and Faculty may apply via Submittable on a rolling basis.

Individuals who wish to donate to the fund may do so here.


  1. Complete, sign, and date a W9 form.
  2. Complete the online Submittable form, including 1-3 sentences on what the emergency grant will be used for. (This information will be used solely to improve how Cave Canem serves our Fellowship, Faculty, and Black poets in general.)
  3. Grants are automatically disbursed via Zelle or Paypal. The names of applicants will not be published, and all submitted information will be kept confidential.