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Torch Receives Thrive Grant from the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division

$3.9 million in funds went to 36 local arts non-profit organizations through the Thrive Grant


The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department awarded more than $3.9 million in funds awarded to 36 local arts non-profit organizations through the Thrive Grant. These grant awards, ranging from $85,000 - $150,000, provide focused investment to sustain and grow arts organizations that are deeply rooted in and reflective of Austin’s diverse cultures.


Torch Literary Arts is proud to be one of the inaugural recipients of the 2023-2024 Thrive Grant. This vital multi-year funding will support Torch's operational and programmatic needs to grow and sustain the organization. "These funds give Torch a chance to operate with secured resources in a way that affirms the work we do and the Black women writers we serve while preparing for the future," said Amanda Johnston, Torch Literary Arts' founder and executive director.


Click here to learn more about the Thrive Grant, the other local arts organizations awarded, and additional funding opportunities.



Torch Literary Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit established to publish and promote creative writing by Black women. We publish contemporary writing by experienced and emerging writers alike. Programs include the Wildfire Reading Series, writing workshops, and retreats. Help TORCH continue to publish and promote Black women writers by donating today.

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