In times when there are fewer jobs out there, there are some grants available out there to develop your work.
Here are a couple to get the ball rolling. If anyone knows of others, post them.
Each year, Summerfair awards four grants of $3,000 each to artists living within a 40 mile radius of Cincinnati. Awards are determined through a jury review of materials submitted by interested artists.
Deadline for the 2010 applications is Friday, August 27, 2010. All applications must be postmarked by that date - no exceptions! Winners will be announced at Summerfair's October meeting.
Entry form at the link above.
SCBWI has a variety of children's book oriented grants. Check out their site to see which looks best for you to apply for.