Don’t fear the grant writing process, in fact learning how to write a successful grant will help you with your career and endeavors. The process can seem intimidating with self-doubt looming at every corner. It can be overwhelming to complete an application that is twelve pages long with specific directions on how to apply and submit. Answering questions such as “describe your career as an artist” or “explain in detail your project proposal”, with a limit of 100-200 words can be a challenge that can easily drive you to quit. It doesn’t have to be a nightmare situation, instead it can be a great learning experience (that is if you don’t tear your hair out in the process). Below I have attached some tips and tricks that have helped me stay sane during the whole application process. Hoping that they will help others and make the process a tad bit easier.
- Believe in yourself and the project you are proposing. Grant writing is taking the best of yourself and presenting it in written form. Gather all your accomplishments that are related to your proposal and market them. Pull out your updated art resume, press related material, etc...use these as evidence to support your main objective. You are telling the review board that you and your project are worth their support.
- You're not begging you are pitching your best self. If you are new to writing grant proposals it might be difficult to be genuine ways. It can be difficult to fund raise because you are placing yourself in a vulnerable position. Working as a full time artist is costly and grants offer you the money to continue creating work. Remember you are pitching your best self, which means your proposal must be well thought out.
Some things to consider asking yourself while writing out your grant:
- Does the project advance your career as an artist?
- Have you thought out the whole project you are proposing (budget, process, materials, etc)? Tighten up any loose ends
- Did you do your research on the organization or foundation? Have you looked into other projects they have funded in the past? Are you a good fit for the program?
- Can you make the founder see the importance of this project?