Fall for the Book to receive $20,000 grant from NEA


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has approved a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award for Fall for the Book. This grant will support general operating costs for festival’s year-round programming. In total, the NEA awarded 1,135 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling more than $37 million as part of its second round of fiscal year 2024 grants.

Beth Macy at Fall for the Book
Beth Macy, author of Dopesick, speaks to a group about her research. Photo by Aster Equine Photography

“[NEA’s] support helps us fulfill our mission to connect readers and writers and allows us keep the festival free to our community while offering more support to writers,” said Festival Director Kara Oakleaf. “The NEA’s work in advancing the arts is crucial to the cultural life of the United States, and we’re honored to work with them in keeping the literary arts thriving in our community.”

“Projects like Fall for the Book exemplify the creativity and care with which communities are telling their stories, creating connection, and responding to challenges and opportunities in their communities—all through the arts,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson.

Fall for the Book, Northern Virginia’s oldest and largest festival of literature and the arts, celebrated 25 years in 2023. All events are free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of sponsors including the George Mason University, Fairfax County Public Library, the Fairfax Library Foundation, and the City of Fairfax.