This year, I’ve become aware of some of the writing grants available for mystery writers.
Grants do not have to be repaid. They may come from the government, schools or non-profit agencies. They may provide money for publishing, courses, retreats, attending conferences, research, and to support minorities.
As I’m in Canada, I’ll use two Canadian examples.
The Canada Council for the Arts is probably the most visible supporter. Many mysteries I’ve seen in the last year have included thanks to this institution. They provide support for the creation, translation, publication and promotion of Canadian literature, the Writing and Publishing Section funds author residencies, literary readings and festivals. They have provided funding regularly to Bloody Words, and on the BW 2010 site, it is shown that they invested over $20 million dollars in writing and publishing in Canada. http://www.canadacouncil.ca/writing/
The Toronto Arts Council, is very regionally specific funding. They have Writers grants for individual artists, and Project Grants. They will not invest in publishing, but they do support many aspects of the writing life. http://www.torontoartscouncil.org/Grant-programs/Literary
The paperwork can be a little intimidating, but if this helps you to pursue your dream, I think you can work your way through it quite adeptly.
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it: post on the blog a brief description, of any writing funding for which mystery writers could be eligible.