My workshops go in depth about how to approach funding bodies, and improve your grant writing skills.  Workshops are from 2 hours to 2 days in length. I teach both in person and via online platforms.
 
For those of you unable to attend, below are some basic principles which apply to all disciplines.  Remember - the passion and articulation come directly from you!

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La Fab Arts Centre in Chelsea

10   Grant Writing Tips

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1

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.

2

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.

3

MAKE CONTACT

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.

4

SHARE YOUR PASSION

INSPIRATION  &  IMPACT

Inspiration: Why? What is the impetus for your work?

Impact: What's the intended end result?

5

COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY

CLEAR  |  CONCISE  |  COMPELLING

Clear: Use simple, active, and direct language

Concise: Say only what you need to

Compelling: Be authentic & passionate

6

SET OUT A CLEAR WORKPLAN

Outline realistic goals and objectives.  Be SMART!  Keep it Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant & Time-bound.  Take into consideration the funder's deadlines and/or notification windows so you can plan accordingly.

7

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 balance!

8

REVIEW SUPPORTING MATERIALS

Ensure that supporting material is well written and edited.  Carefully follow guidelines regarding length, quality, format etc. Have someone test links and go through your material. 

9

GET FEEDBACK

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!

10

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. 

© June Park, 2021