Blue Mountain Center

Supporting writers, artists and activists in Blue Mountain Lake, New York

Resident Support Funds

BMC alumni and friends have created a small fund at the Adirondack Foundation’s Blue Mountain Center Fund to provide direct financial support to successful applicants whom donors realize need additional resources for travel to enable their participation in the Center’s Residency and Conference programs. The support is based on individual need. Individuals who have been invited for a Residency may request funds for travel and transition assistance. 

These are donor-advised funds.  BMC staff will not determine to whom funds will be awarded.

AFRICAN AMERICAN TRAVEL FUND: Up to $300 will be provided annually to up to three African-American Residents to defray travel costs, thanks to generous donation from Paul Rucker. Paul is a composer, visual artist, and alumni of the Blue Mountain Center. Paul has been instrumental in the creation of this fund. Some of his work can be found on the website

ASTERI(X) FUND: Between $200 and $300 will be distributed to up to four authors and artists of color. The exact amount will be based on travel distance and strength of application – there will be no means test. The fund is intended to encourage applications from creative minds with financial constraints who otherwise may have seen a barrier to entry. It was inspired by and designed to support the mission of the Aster(ix) Journal.

Funding Request Guidelines

Upon acceptance eligible residents are invited to submit a request describing their need and estimated expenses. Send travel fund requests to

  • 200-300 word description of need (optional)
  • Outline of expected expenses for which support is requested
  • 2017 Request Deadline: May 10, 2017
  • Put "Resident Support Fund" in the subject line of your email request

If you have any questions please contact Ben Strader,

Want to directly support Residents?

Contact us (bmc@bluemountaincenter) if you are interested in starting a fund or contributing to an existing one. Donations to the Blue Mountain Center general fund are also always welcome, and help us achieve our mission to create a nurturing working community of socially engaged writers, artists and activists.

Photo credits: Trevor Nathan (Home), Karin Hayes (Community, Support Us, & Contact), & Jan Mammey (Apply).

Photo credits: Trevor Nathan (Home), Karin Hayes (Community, Support Us, & Contact), & Jan Mammey (Apply).