Emergency Fund FAQ
How do I apply?
A: Application guidelines are available on the WNDB Emergency Fund for Diverse Creatives in Children’s Publishing webpage. Please note: only applications that are submitted through the online application will be considered.
I’ve submitted an application. When will I receive a response from WNDB?
A: We aim to respond to applicants who are awarded a grant between 14-21 days upon receipt of your application.
Will my information be kept confidential?
A: Yes, any information you submit will be kept strictly confidential by WNDB.
Will you announce the recipients?
A: No, we will not announce the recipients publicly. If you receive a grant and wish to share the news on your own, you are welcome to do so.
May I receive more than one emergency grant?
A: No, at this point in time recipients of the grant will not be eligible for additional emergency grants.
May I apply for the grant on behalf of someone else?
A: No, applicants can only apply for themselves to receive the grant.
What do you define as "financial need"?
A: During these uncertain times, applicants may experience financial need due to a variety of reasons, including but not limited to:
- Effects of COVID-19
Natural disaster (wild fire, flood, earthquake, etc.)
Eviction or homelessness
Cost of childcare or elder care
Death in the family
Loss of income
Do I qualify for this grant as a self-published author?
A: No, applicants must have at least one book-length title aimed for ages 0-18 at a traditional publisher.
I’m a diverse bookseller who was furloughed or laid off. Am I eligible for this grant?
A: Grant recipients must either be a published author, illustrator, or publishing professional. At this time booksellers aren’t eligible, but the Book Industry Charitable Foundation also has a fund specifically earmarked for booksellers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
I have previously received an Internship Grant, Walter Grant, or other funding from WNDB. Can I still apply for this grant?
A: Yes, previous recipients of our grants and other funding are eligible.
How do you define “diverse background”?
A: We define “diverse background” according to our mission statement:
We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.
Do I have to pay taxes on the grant money?
A: We can’t advise you on the taxability of your grant, so we encourage you to consult a qualified tax preparation professional.
How will the grants be disbursed?
A: We will send the money via check made out to the applicant.
How will I be allowed to use this grant? Are there limitations?
A: Recipients may use their grant funds to cover household expenses, medical payments, debt, rent/mortgage, etc.