Tips for Writing Artist Grant Applications

For whatever specific grant you may be applying, there are some general tips and best practices to consider. The Arts Council also has specific tips for pdf Performing (312 KB) and pdf Visual (780 KB) artists.

TOP 7 TIPS FOR ARTIST GRANTS 
 
  1. Read the Guidelines thoroughly. Make sure you are eligible to apply. 
  2. If you have questions, contact the Grants Officer. Be prepared and write down all of your questions for this discussion. 
  3. Plan Ahead. Don’t submit something done at the last minute. Leave time for re-writes and edits, technical difficulties, power outages, etc. Outline your timeline for completing it ahead of the deadline. We suggest two weeks early just in case.
  4. Write Clearly and Answer All Questions. Answer all of the questions with as much detail as permissible.  If you write too little, the panel may think you are not that interested and don't care enough to take the time to write the grant. If you write too much and include unnecessary information just to fill the space, the panel will be frustrated wading through the extra/non-essential information. 
  5. Get Feedback. It is always a great idea to have another person read a draft of your grant application. Have someone read for grammar/sentence structure and also for content. It may make sense to you, but you may be too close to the project and need an outside eye to make sure the idea translates properly in your writing.
  6. Gather Quality Support Materials. Do not wait until the last minute. Images, videos, writing samples, etc. should be professional quality. Need help? Check out our Vendors List.
  7. Don’t Miss the Deadline.  The official deadline, both date and time of day, should be posted prominently. If not, ask. 

More Resources

WRITE A BETTER ARTIST GRANT APPLICATION IN 15 STEPS (Source: Format)

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