Tayari reminds us to check in with our local/state arts councils to learn about upcoming grants deadlines for artists and writers. This is excellent advice.
In addition to Googling wisely, as Tayari suggests, you might want to refer to the Arts Over America Web site, with its state arts agency directory and other useful links, to locate geographically appropriate grant opportunities for you!
(By the way, Tayari is currently in residence at the Blue Mountain Center, and is posting from there. You can see her photos of the place here.)