SLF Convention Support Grant


  • Conventions taking place between June 1 and December 31, 2021, application period: May 15 – June 15, 2021
  • Conventions taking place between January 1 and May 31, 2022, application period: August 15 – September 15, 2021
  • Conventions taking place between June 1 and December 31, 2022, application period: October 15 – November15, 2021

This has been a difficult year for the conventions that have long been the lifeblood of our field. The SLF is pleased to announce a new Convention Support Grant for 2021-2022.

We’ll be giving out $10,000 over the course of the year, in grants of $500 – $1000 each, to science fiction and fantasy conventions. (Literary conventions that have significant speculative literature content are also welcome to apply.)
These grants are intended to support conventions both in developing their online presences (through the purchase of tech, training costs, hosting costs, etc.) and making in-person gathering safer once it’s appropriate, perhaps in the last quarter of 2021 (through purchase of cleaning supplies, masks, renting additional rooms for better spacing, etc.). Non-profit organizations preferred.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Convention Support Grant Application Procedures

Complete the Application Form. The application form for the Convention Support Grant is only active during the open submission periods 12:00AM May 15, 2021 – 11:59PM June 15, 2021 for the Summer/Fall period, and 12:00AM August 15, 2021 – 11:59PM September 15, 2021 for the Winter/Spring period (All times UTC -4). Required materials will include:

  • a brief paragraph describing your current convention, including your non-profit status and your role in the convention
  • a brief paragraph noting what you’d like to do with the funds
  • an itemized estimated budget (bullet points are fine)
  • a request for an amount between $500 – $1000
  • your convention website and contact info

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