Grants: Getting Started

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Writing A Grant

Grants are not only a great way to fund your career but they can give a serious boost to your résumé.  Think about it.  If someone is willing to give you money towards your art that’s a huge endorsement.  No matter how big or small the grant it’s definitely a good for your career.  Also remember research, following directions to the letter and good writing are the keys to success.

The first step is understanding the kinds of grants available to you.  There are two basic kinds.  Grants for individuals and grants for organizations.  Naturally the amount of money given to an organization is larger but you can have access to that through Fiscal Sponsorship.  A non-profit organization will allow you to use their credentials and information to apply for a grant.  I will go into this in a future post.  Until you have a Fiscal Sponsor you should apply for grants for individuals.

There are categories of grants.  That is grants given to the arts, social causes, minorities and women.  It is important to look for grants under the category that comes closed to your needs.

There are several kinds of grants to look for as well.

• Unrestricted Grants – a grant where they hand you a check and say “go do your art”.  There is no designated way this money can be spent.

• Project Grants – grants for a specific project that you will carry out – usually in a designated period of time.  I.E. a grant given for an exhibition in which the art is made and displayed within a year.

• Travel Grants – grants given to fund travel from one place to another.  I.E. You have a residency in France but don’t have the funds to get the plane ticket.  You can seek out this type of grant.

You will also want to look at the geographic reach of a grant.  Some funders will only look to seek artists in their local area or region.  Make sure you know what that is before you apply.

Remember that research is really the foundation of your success and besides looking online the Foundation Center is the best place to go.  They have libraries in New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, Atlanta and Cleveland and they are online.  Every foundation in the world has to give information to the Foundation Center.  Check it out: www.foundationcenter.org

In the next post we will talk about the types of funders out there and why they give to the arts.

Good writing is also the key to your success.  The Artists Objective has a proven track record helping artists achieve success in this area.  If you are feeling overwhelmed we can break it down for you step by step, edit and get that grant – customized exactly to your needs.  Please visit our website at: http://www.theartistobjective.com/coaching.html#grants   We’re here to help you find your solution to success.