The Writing Alliance: get Money for Writing, with Grants
These grants are legitimate. But like any market or contest, read the guidelines to make sure you fit the mold. While some of them are for big dreamers who face stiff competition, others provide new talent with opportunity. Find out why FundsforWriters is the specialist on grants available to freelance writers.
KATHY FISH FELLOWSHIP http://www.smokelong.com/kathy-fish-fellowship/ The winner of the 2017 Kathy Fish Fellowship will be considered a “writer-in-residence” at SmokeLong (note: position is virtual) for four quarterly issues (March, June, September, and December 2017). Each issue will include one flash by the Fellowship winner. The winner of the Fellowship will also receive $500, to be paid as follows: $100 on announcement of the winner, and $100 upon publication of each of the four issues in 2017. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with SmokeLong staff and participate in online writing workshops. Deadline September 15, 2016.
INDIANA ARTS IN THE PARKS AND HISTORICAL SITES – 2017 http://www.in.gov/arts/2910.htm Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites draws upon traditional and non-traditional arts and artists in Indiana, weaving arts into our state’s natural beauty and rural settings. Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites provides funding for arts program related projects that encourage the creation of and public engagement with art about the Indiana state park/forest system as well as Indiana State Historic Sites. Funding provides nonprofit organizations and individual artists to bring arts programs, services and artist in residencies to local communities. Deadline for individuals September 13, 2016. Up to $3,000 per project.
GEORGIA VIBRANT COMMUNITIES GRANT http://gaarts.org/grant-funding/apply-for-a-grant/available-funding The Vibrant Communities grant will fund arts projects in counties in which no organization received an FY17 GCA Project or Partner Grant. The complete list of eligible counties is available in the guidelines. This grant will fund programs such as performances, exhibits, residencies, workshops, festivals, etc. The grant is open to any non-profit, government entity, library or school. Applicants may request $1,000-$5,000. The grant requires a 50 percent cash match. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2016. The project must be completed by June 1, 2017.
HOLES IN THE WALL COLLECTIVE http://www.holesinthewallcollective.org/creativeresidency/ The Holes in Wall Collective Creative Residency Program is designed to span across many mediums and designations of creativity. We invite people across disciplines to engage with their practice and share collective space. Twenty-nine acres of woods, fields, pond, pool. Barn with studio space, worktables, rehearsal and workshop open space. Four bedroom cabin with full kitchen, living room, screened-in porch, working desks. Location New Jerusalem, Pennsylvania. Subsidized rates down to $35/night.
LITERARY GRANTS AVAILABLE TO THOSE AROUND THE WASHINGTON DC BELTWAY http://www.beltwaypoetry.com/resource/grants/ Covers DC as well as surrounding cities to include but not limited to Alexandria, Baltimore, and Arlington. And states like Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia. Great list of very active grants for individuals.
GRANTS FOR INDIVIDUALS – IDAHO https://arts.idaho.gov/grant/professional-development-for-individuals/ Deadline September 12, 2016. Artists and arts administrators may receive reimbursement for attending a conference, workshop, or other form of career advancement. Traditional artists may request funds to attend gatherings where they will teach or learn from peers. Limit $750. -and- Deadline: September 12, 2016. Quickprojects are artist-initiated activities; specific projects or new works that will be shared with the public. Examples include attendance at an artist residency, release time to create and exhibit a significant body of work, staging of performances, readings, or the creation of public art.
OKLAHOMA CENTER FOR THE BOOK http://www.odl.state.ok.us/ocb/ The Oklahoma Center for the Book (OCB) is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and is organized to focus attention on the vital role of books and reading in our lives. The Center promotes the past, current, and future works of Oklahoma authors; promotes the literary heritage of the state; and encourages reading for pleasure by Oklahomans of all ages.
ART AIA https://artaiaartist.wordpress.com/about/ Art Aia- Creatives-In-Residence is a cultural center, a creative residency , located inside a farm in the Friulian countryside of Northern Italy, near the town of Sesto al Reghena in the province of Pordenone. The accommodation rental and studio fees vary according to the type of creative residency. If funding permits, an allowance for housing and materials may be available. No deadline.
ELIZABETH GEORGE FOUNDATION http://www.elizabethgeorgeonline.com/foundation.htm Mystery writer Elizabeth George has a foundation that makes grants to unpublished fiction writers, poets, emerging playwrights, and organizations benefiting disadvantaged youth. These grants cover expenses in a number of areas. For further information, write and request a brochure: The Elizabeth George Foundation, PO Box 1429, Langley, WA 98260.
SEEDFUL ART AGING GRANTS http://azarts.gov/arts-op/national-grant-opportunity-seeding-artful-aging-aroha-philanthropies/ Aroha Philanthropies is launching a new initiative and national grant opportunity, “Seeding Artful Aging.” As a subset of the broader field of creative aging, artful aging programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging. Successful artful aging programs are led by teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring joy, connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings. NOTE: You will need to partner with a nonprofit. Aroha will select up to 15 nonprofit organizations to participate in this demonstration project through a two-part application process. Grant awards will range from $15,000 to $50,000 for programming to begin on or after January 1, 2017 and be completed by November 30, 2017.
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT REGIONAL ARTS FUND http://regionalartsnsw.com.au/grants/qtg/ Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants (‘Quicks’) offer funding of up to $1,500 for regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice. The program is intended to support professional development opportunities for artists and artsworkers involved in community programs that will increase their knowledge, skills and experience support skills and or arts development for individuals and groups in regional communities through the employment of arts and cultural workers to conduct workshops, seminars and forums.
CHULITNA LODGE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE http://chulitnalodge.com/artists Chulitna Lodge Artist-In-Residence Program seeks to provide the time, space, clarity, and facilities for all forms of creative professionals to make and meditate. Full scholarships include Room & Board plus flight from anywhere in the continental U.S. and commuter flight from Anchorage to Port Alsworth and require a minimum of six weeks commitment between June 1 and Sept 30. Partial scholarships include Room & Board, but not transportation. Work study options are also available. All scholarship and work study artists are expected to participate in meal preparation, and clean up, and/or gardening.
SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA ARTS COUNCIL http://semac.org/grant-categories.php SEMAC will provide Individual Artist Grants to encourage the development of entirely original work by both Emerging Artists and Established Artists from the region. Such works could include original literary or dramatic scripts, musical compositions, choreographies, visual arts creations, and interdisciplinary works. The original work must be earmarked for a public showcasing, via publication, performance, or exhibition, in conjunction with a non-profit arts organization. Individual Artist Grants of no less than $300 and no more than $2,500 will be considered for funding in the Emerging Artist category, and no more than $5,000 in the Established Artist category.
SCREENWRITING LAB http://www.filmindependent.org/programs/filmmaker-labs/screenwriting-lab/ The Screenwriting Lab also helps to further the careers of its Fellows by introducing them to film industry veterans who can offer guidance on both the craft and business of screenwriting. Each Screenwriting Fellow will be paired with a Creative Advisor, with whom they’ll work one-on-one and in Lab sessions to further develop their project over the course of the program. The Screenwriting Lab is open to any writer applying with a completed draft of a feature-length project they wish to workshop during the program, with an eye toward production. Beyond the application fee, there is no cost or tuition to participate in any of Film Independent’s Artist Development programs. Location Los Angeles. The fellowship includes a $10,000 cash grant as well as inclusion in the Screenwriting Lab.
DON AND GEREL NICHOLL FELLOWSHIPS IN SCREENWRITING https://nicholl.oscars.org/ This international screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. The competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship. All entrants must be aged over 18. The fellowships are intended for new and/or amateur screenwriters. In order to be eligible, an entrant’s total earnings for motion picture and television writing may not exceed US$25,000 before the end of the competition.
DISNEY/ABC TELEVISION WRITING PROGRAM http://www.disneyabctalentdevelopment.com/writing_program.html For over 25 years, the Disney | ABC Writing Program has been lauded as one of the most successful writer programs in the entertainment industry. The one-year program is the only program of its kind sanctioned by the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW). Writers become employees of Disney│ABC Television Group (DATG) and will be paid a weekly salary of $961.54 ($50,000 annualized) plus any applicable benefits for which they are eligible in accordance with the then-current Company benefits. The one-year program begins in February and ends in February of the following year. Opens to the public in May.
ACRE RESIDENCY http://www.acreresidency.org/ ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is an artist-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. Residency is at Steuben, WI. ACRE holds two 12-day residency sessions per summer and one 14-day residency session, and hosts 25-30 residents at a given time.
GREAT RIVERS WRITERS RETREAT http://www.mwcqc.org/contests/writers-retreat/ The Great River Writers Retreat winner is selected from an applicant pool of writers from Iowa and Illinois across multiple genres, and allows the winner to spend a week working on a specific writing project they have underway. The winning Iowa or Illinois writer will receive a seven-day/six-night residency, from September 3 through 9, 2016, at the Benet House Retreat Center in Rock Island, Illinois, a travel stipend, and an invitation to read to the literary community of the Quad Cities. The public reading of their original work will take place on September 7, 2015 at the Midwest Writing Center at 7 p.m.
MARYLAND PERFORMING ARTIST ROSTER http://www.msac.org/touring-artists-roster The Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster is a listing of Maryland-based artists who have a demonstrated history of successful, professional touring engagements. Artists who are appointed to the Roster have been selected through a peer review process in which they are rated on artistic merit and recommendations from those presenting organizations where they have previously performed.
WOODCOCK FUND http://www.writerstrust.com/Programs/Financial-Grant/Woodcock-Fund/Program-Guidelines.aspx The Woodcock Fund is a quick-access emergency resource that aids established Canadian writers who face an unforeseen financial crisis. Help is given to writers in many different situations providing them momentary relief, a period of financial stability, and the opportunity to complete their current writing projects. It is the only program of its kind available to writers in Canada, and is often the last place authors can turn for help.
HISTORIC JOY KOGAWA HOUSE http://kogawahouse.com Administered by volunteers involved with the Historic Joy Kogawa House Society and the Land Conservancy of British Columbia, this residency is available to writers in the early stage of a book project. Applicants must have published two books and have previous teaching and public speaking experience. Writers are expected to devote 40 percent of their time to public engagement. Residents receive a $2,500 per month stipend and typically stay at the house for three months. The residency is open between September and March.
AL PURDY’S A-FRAME http://www.alpurdy.ca The Al Purdy A-frame Association offers writers the opportunity to live and work in a space and place of inspirational literary and historic significance and resonance. Residencies range from one to three months with writers receiving a $2,500 per month stipend. Travel is also provided. Applications from writers at all stages of their career are accepted, with strong consideration given to writers in the early stages of their careers. Location Ontario, Canada.
ON SCREEN/IN PERSON http://www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs/grants-for-artists/#on-screen-in-person On Screen/In Person tours new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region. Six films and their creators are selected for touring annually. Each tour engagement includes a public screening, a pre- or post-screening discussion with the visiting filmmaker, and a community activity with the filmmaker that provides greater appreciation for their work and the art of film.
MID-ATLANTIC ARTS FOUNDATION STATE FELLOWSHIPS – DE, MD, NJ http://www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs/grants-for-artists/#state-fellowships Administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, state fellowship programs provide funding for individual artists residing in Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey to encourage and sustain these artists’ pursuit of artistic excellence. Through these three programs, more than 1,000 applications are received, supporting over $500,000 in awards annually.
MID-ATLANTIC CREATIVE FELLOWSHIPS – DE, MD, NY, WV, DC, NJ, PA, VA http://www.midatlanticarts.org/creative-fellowships-2/ Creative Fellowships support residencies for writers, composers, and visual artists at the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. These residencies provide mid-Atlantic based artists the opportunity to work uninterrupted, nurturing both the participating artists and the creative vibrancy of the region. Residencies for up to two artists who reside in each mid-Atlantic state are sponsored annually, including a travel subsidy. Deadlines occur throughout the year and artists must apply directly to the appropriate residency as outlined on the guidelines.
SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION http://speculativeliterature.org/grants/ The SLF is a non-profit arts foundation, modeled on the National Endowment for the Arts, but focused specifically on serving the speculative literature (science fiction, fantasy, and horror) community. The SLF currently offers four grants: The Older Writers’ Grant, the Travel Grant, the Working Class Writers’ Grant, and the Diversity Grant. All of our grants are free to apply, and are designed as ‘gateway’ grants, with easy and straightforward applications that should be quick to complete.
SUREL’S PLACE http://suresplace.org/ Surel’s Place is a residency program that offers private use of a modern live-work space right by the Boise river and minutes from downtown Boise via bicycle on the river path. Application deadline: March 1, September 1.Travel stipends vary depending on length of stay. Living stipends are currently $100 per month, but all expenses are paid including rent, utilities, bike maintenance, and tickets to art programming.
OHIO ARTS COUNCIL http://www.oac.state.oh.us/grantsprogs/guidelines/SupportForArtists.asp The principal funding program for individual artists is through the Individual Excellence Awards, which provide grants to creative artists for an exceptional body of work. Traditional master artists and apprentices are supported through the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program. Project funding is available for artists living in counties along the Ohio River through the Ohio River Border Initiative, and for artists with disabilities through the Artists with Disabilities Access program. Individual artists receive commissions through the Percent for Art program administered by the OAC. In addition to grants, the OAC provides a wide range of resources and services that help individual artists as they make important contributions to life in communities across the state including the Ohio Artists on Tour Directory and the Arts Learning Artist Directory.
THE ARCTIC CIRCLE http://www.thearcticcircle.org Artist and scientist led, The Arctic Circle is an annual expeditionary residency program. The Arctic Circle brings together international artists of all disciplines, scientists, architects, and educators who collectively explore remote and fascinating destinations aboard a sailing vessel.
OMI ARTS CENTER http://www.artomi.org Omi International Arts Center hosts international visual artists, writers, musicians and dancers on 300 acres in the Hudson Valley region of New York, amidst a 10-acre contemporary sculpture park, The Fields Sculpture Park. Deadlines October and November.
ARTE STUDIO GINESTRELLE http://www.artestudioginestrelle.wordpress.com Arte Studio Ginestrelle set in the hills of the Regional Park of Mount Subasio, near the historic town of Assisi (UNESCO World Heritage site), famous for its frescos by Giotto and Cimabue. It offers residencies to International artists from all artistic disciplines.
CHULITNA LODGE WILDERNESS RETREAT http://chulitnalodge.com/artists Chulitna Lodge Artist-In-Residence Program seeks to provide the time, space, clarity, and facilities for all forms of creative professionals to make and meditate. We encourage the gamut, from seasoned professionals to enthusiastic hobbyists, to apply for our various programs. Location Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. No deadline.
ANCHORAGE MUSEUM POLAR LAB http://polarlab.anchoragemuseum.org/make-art/ Polar Lab invites artists to engage the North through short and long-term projects and non-traditional residencies. Polar Lab places artists inside the Museum and inside the North to present insider views of relevant issues impacting northern people and places. Some residencies expand over multiple years and are research-based. Others offer audience engagement within or beyond Museum walls. Artists intervene with Museum spaces and exhibitions, providing contrasting perspectives, critical commentary, and performance and engagement. Location Anchorage, AK.
ANDERSON CENTER http://www.andersoncenter.org The Anderson Center provides retreats of two to four weeks’ duration from May through October each year to enable artists, writers, and scholars of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment to create, advance, or complete works-in-progress. A rotating Peer Review Panel comprised of professional artists, writers, and scholars annually screens and selects all applicants. Location Red Wing, Minnesota. Deadlines in February and March.
18th STREET RESIDENCY http://18thstreet.org/ Program hosts artists from across the United States and from around the world. There are three, rotating, live/work artist studios at the center where artists are in residence from 1 to 3 months (sometimes longer). This program hosts artists of all disciplines and occasionally invites art curators, writers and musicians. Location Santa Monica, CA.
360 XOCHI QUETZAL http://www.deborahkruger.com/1/art-residency.html Location Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. Our aim is to support artists, writers and musicians who would benefit from having uninterrupted time to devote to their creativity. By providing free housing and a generous food allowance, we hope that our residents can make artistic progress without the stress and distractions of daily life. Has a winter and a summer residency. Sign up for the newsletter to keep up with the opening deadlines.
WRITERS OMI AT LEDIG HOUSE http://www.omiartscenter.org We welcome published writers and translators of every type of literature. International, cultural and creative exchange is a foundation of our mission, and a wide distribution of national background is an important part of our selection process. Location Ghent, New York. Application deadlines July 15, October 20. No fees and no stipends.
DROP FOGE & TOOL RESIDENCIES http://www.dropforgeandtool.com/#/creative-residencies/ Drop Forge & Tool’s emphasis is on collaborative process and new work development. We prioritize applications for residencies with two or more artists working together. Individual artists are also welcome to apply, although we may ask if you are willing to share the residency space with others. Residencies are available for any length of time, from just a few days to a month. The residency fee is $300 per week to cover direct costs. That said, we have a lot of needs here at DF&T so please contact us if you do not have the funds to cover the fee. In lieu of a fee, you might teach a class, help us with our social networking and marketing materials, or help us to beautify our spaces. We are open year-round (except December), and are currently taking applications for Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Winter 2016 sessions. Location Hudson, NY,
HYPATIA IN THE WOODS RESIDENCIES http://www.hypatiainthewoods.org/ Hypatia-in-the-Woods was created to provide physical and mental space, solitude and time, for women to pursue their creative endeavors, their muse, undistracted by everyday demands. We invite artists, writers, academics and business women to explore the residential retreat and study center. Location Shelton, Washington.
HOTEL MARIA KAPEL RESIDENCY – NETHERLANDS http://hotelmariakapel.nl/wp/residency/ Once a year HMK sends out an open call for artists, writers, curators and researchers (individuals or groups) to hand in a proposal for a residency period. A residency typically lasts for one or two months. During a stay in our guesthouse, residents are invited to develop, execute and present new work in the chapel/exhibition space, or research and develop a specific project culminating in an event, exhibition, presentation or publication. The Netherlands is a small country that is easy to navigate by train, and we stimulate artists to also use the residency as an opportunity to explore other places, museums and project spaces. In order to apply, HMK requests a small application fee of €15.
MESA VERDE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM http://www.nps.gov/meve/getinvolved/supportyourpark/artists_in_residence.htm Mesa Verde National Park is proud to announce the 2015 Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program. This program offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the inspiring ancient architecture of the Ancestral Pueblo people and the sweeping natural landscape of the park. The year’s residencies are selected at once. Sign up to be notified when the next round of applications are accepted. Location Colorado.
GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM http://www.nps.gov/gumo/getinvolved/supportyourpark/artist-in-residence.htm The Artist-In-Residence Program offers professional writers, composers, and all visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while surrounded by the inspiring landscape of the park. The Artist-in-Residence Program is intended for artists working in a variety of mediums. One or more artists may be selected each year for our residency program. Professional two-dimensional visual artists, sculptors, musicians, writers, crafts persons, and photographers are encouraged to apply. Location Texas. Sign up for information. Applications usually taken beginning in the fall.
CAREY INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL GOOD NONFICTION RESIDENCIES http://careyinstitute.org/nonfiction-residency/ The pre-application questionnaire is due three months in advance for residencies starting October 15, 2015 through May 2016. The full application is due one month thereafter. Documentarians, journalists and nonfiction writers working at the professional level in their fields are eligible to apply once each calendar year. Particular areas of emphasis relate to the most pressing issues of our day, including, but not limited to: war and conflict; social justice and human rights; science, health, agriculture, environment and technology; biographies, histories and government; education; journalism and the media; and, economics and business. The minimum stay is two weeks; the maximum stay is three months.
IOWA ARTUP! http://www.iowaartscouncil.org/programs/artups/iaartups.shtml ArtUps are free professional development events presented by the Iowa Arts Council for Iowa’s artists, arts organizations and communities. ArtUps provide online and in-person learning and networking opportunities to enhance the quality and capacity of the arts field in Iowa.
FRACTURED ATLAS https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/ Fractured Atlas wants to help you raise money for your artistic work. As the country’s largest arts fiscal sponsor, we provide accessibility, efficiency and affordability. We work with thousands of artists and arts organizations to provide education and support for raising funds. We want artists to spend time making art, not filing paperwork. With fiscal sponsorship, you can solicit tax-deductible donations and apply for grants without going through the onerous process of launching a 501(c)(3).
KENYON PLAYWRITING CONFERENCE RESIDENCIES http://www.kenyoninstitute.org/programs/playwrights-conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlJccRBI3U0 Location Kenyon, OH. Immerse yourself in the craft of playwriting surrounded by some of the most exciting early-stage play development in the U.S. and U.K. You will write every day, hear your work read in the evenings, and interact with the creative teams from powerhouse companies and three commissioned playwrights in residence. Please submit a paragraph (no more than 250 words) about why you are applying to this workshop and what you hope to take away from it. Additionally, please submit a sample scene of no more than five pages.
HAWTHORNDEN CASTLE http://www.transartists.org/air/hawthornden-castle Location Midlothian, Scotland. International one-month retreats for creative writers of all types from anywhere in the world to work without disturbance. Residency provides individual room/study in shared house and meals. Artist responsible for travel. Applicants must be published writers. Deadline Ongoing.
MEDIA ARTS GRANTS FOR NEW YORK STATE ARTISTS http://wavefarm.org Fiscal sponsorship as well as the New York Media Arts Map and the Media Arts Assistance Fund (MAAF), which support electronic media and film organizations, as well as individual artists, in all regions of New York State through a Regrant Partnership with NYSCA, Electronic Media and Film. Applicants must be New York State residents and must have all rights to distribute works.
ANNENBERG COMMUNITY BEACH HOUSE ARTIST RESIDENCY http://www.smgov.net/uploadedFiles/Portals/Culture/Public_Art_Program/2015ACBHCall_For_Writers.pdf The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, seeks proposals from writers living in Los Angeles County for the Writer’s Residency Program at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Writer’s Residency Program offers writers a large, private office in the historic Marion Davies Guest House for six weeks to complete a work-in-progress. As an acknowledgement of the public benefit of the resident to the community, an honorarium of $1,500 is offered. The Residency is non-residential; no room/board is offered. The City will provide a lockable office with desk and chair, wireless internet access, refrigerator/microwave access, and a parking pass for the duration of the residency.
AZULE http://www.AZULE.org AZULE is an emerging art and community-based organization, offering a retreat and residency program for artists and craftsmen, writers, architects, builders and environmentalists, academics, educators, social workers or researchers, any innovative group or individual, or anyone who wishes to discover Appalachia and AZULE’s ways of life. AZULE is situated in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. Hot Springs is seven miles away; Asheville is 50 miles away.
SUNDRESS ACADEMY http://www.sundresspublications.com/safta/ Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to announce that they are now accepting applications for short-term artists’ residencies in creative writing, visual art, film/theater, music, and more. Each residency includes a room of one’s own, access to a communal kitchen, bathroom, office, and living space, plus wireless internet and cable. The length of a residency can run from one to week to two months. The SAFTA farmhouse is located on a working farm that rests on a 29-acre wooded plot in a Tennessee “holler” perfect for hiking, camping, and nature walks. Located less than a half hour from downtown Knoxville, an exciting and creative city of 200,000 in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, SAFTA is an ideal location for those looking for a rural get-away with access to urban amenities.