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Community Relief Fund

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The Cave Canem Community Relief Fund offers one-time emergency grants of $500 to fellows, faculty, and alumni who are experiencing financial hardship. The fund is currently seeded with $10,000, and Cave Canem will select two applications via lottery each week until it is depleted. Individuals who wish to donate to the fund may do so here.

Cave Canem will begin processing applications in November 2020. The names of applicants will not be published and all submitted information will be kept confidential.


  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 incorporated as data as Cave Canem makes long-term goals for how to best serve our fellowship and Black poets more broadly.)
  3. Each week two applications are chosen by lottery to receive an emergency grant. Grants are automatically disbursed via Zelle or Paypal.

Questions or concerns may be directed to Programs and Communications Manager Malcolm Tariq: