Dallas-based nonprofit publisher Deep Vellum is launching the Deep Vellum Emergency Fund for Texas Literary Artists, to assist writers experiencing financial insecurity because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As a major independent nonprofit publisher in the state of Texas, we believe that it is our responsibility to take care of our artists,” said Will Evans, the organization’s executive director.
“We’re stepping up to the plate to support a community that not only encourages empathy and dialogue in normal times but that has been a special source of joy and comfort for the Texas public in recent weeks.”
Deep Vellum board member Paul Wingo donated $5,000 to start the fund.
“Some issues are just so big, that it’s hard to wrap your head around how you can actually make a difference,” Wingo said in statement. “Deep Vellum is doing something simple: directly placing money into the hands of artists who need it the most. It is direct help to those whose paths make them the most vulnerable in difficult times like now.”
Grants will be at least $200 and given to Texas writers who demonstrate financial need. The deadline for the first round of grants is June 1. Grants will be given as long as funds last.
The application is here.
Contributions to the fund in any amount can be made here. Gifts are 100% tax-deductible, and all funds will go directly to Texas literary artists.
Founded in 2013, Deep Vellum is both literary arts center in Dallas and publishing house with a mission to bring underrepresented, marginalized, and vital literary voices into publication.