Thank you for your interest in Cave Canem!

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.


  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 will be chosen by lottery to receive an emergency grant. They will automatically be processed as checks mailed to the address included on the W9. If checks should be mailed to a different address, please include that information in the Notes section.

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

Cave Canem Foundation, Inc.