My workshops go in depth about how to approach funding bodies, articulate your project, and improve your grant writing skills. Workshops are from 2 hours to 2 days in length. I teach in person and via online platforms.
For those of you unable to attend, below are some basic principles which apply to all disciplines.
La Fab Arts Centre in Chelsea
10 Grant Writing Tips
GIVE YOURSELF AMPLE TIME
Researching potential funders, writing a comprehensive draft, getting feedback, preparing a budget, and conducting a final review all take time. Don't rely on last minute panic to get you through.
FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS
Print out the application & any available guidelines. Take time to read everything carefully. Answer questions directly and succinctly, and provide only the information that is requested.
Get to know your Program Officer/Liaison. They are there to help you submit the best application possible. Call or email them requesting a phone or virtual meeting. Read the application guidelines and have questions prepared.
SHARE YOUR PASSION
The 3 "i"s
Inspiration: What is the impetus for your work?
Intention: What is your focus?
Impact: How do you want it to be recieved?
The 3 "c"s
Clear: Use simple, active, and direct language
Concise: Say only what you need to
Compelling: Be authentic & passionate
SET OUT A CLEAR WORKPLAN
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant & Time-bound. Also, take into consideration the funder's deadlines and/or notification windows so you can plan accordingly.
CREATE A SOLID BUDGET
The financial picture of your project must be feasible and comprehensive. Ensure that all numbers are verified, and that payments to those on the artistic or production team meet industry standards. Your budget must have a zero net balance.
REVIEW SUPPORTING MATERIALS
Ensure that supporting material is well curated and edited. Carefully follow guidelines regarding length, quality, format etc. Have someone test links and go through your material.
Do not write your grant in a bubble, even if you are working on your own. Find 3 readers to give you input - an artist in your discipline, an artist outside your discipline, and someone who has to be dragged to an artistic event. Listen to their feedback!
TENACITY & VISION ARE KEY
Tenacity and persistence are necessary to succeed in securing funding If you get a 'no', call the funding body and get feedback if possible. Each time you apply, you show that you're an artist or organization with long term vision worth investing in.