Re: Art Grants


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Posted by Luann Udell on October 15, 2002 at 17:16:21:

In Reply to: Re: Art Grants posted by Frank Egan on October 11, 2002 at 20:53:51:

This isn't a huge help, Frank, but I was told years ago your grant/donation request will have more appeal if you a) give an estimate of how much *total* funding you will be seeking b) show alternative sources of funding you are pursuing and c)ask the agency you're addressing for something like 25%-50% of the total expected cost but d) expect them to fund only 50% of what you're asking for. So if you're looking for $50,00 you'd state that, show that you already have a commitment of $15,000 from XYZ corporation and $10,000 from ABC, and that you are now asking for $25,000 (and hope you get $12-15,000.
Note that this was one person's recipe (although she was amazing at getting all kinds of grant money for her projects & proposals.)
With your writing skills and attention to detail, you shouldn't have any trouble writing a grant proposal. It helps to get the guidelines from the agency/foundation you are approaching--they all have their individual agendas, and it helps if you can address those agendas specifically. For example, grants for our NH's Charitable Fund (a sort of co-op funding agency), projects that appeal are cross-generational in nature, or target "fringe" or disenfranchised audiences--the elderly, the single parent households, children-at-risk, etc.
I think you can also request information on grants given in the past. It really helps to see what kinds of proposals were awarded money before.
Many grant-giving institutions also like to fund projects for one- to three years, so anything that needs continuous funding for years and years might not have much appeal. And often, such things as operational costs may not be eligible, but a specific project that needs a shot of money to get off the ground will.
There are all kinds of books & such on grant-writing, but most of it is common sense, targeting your market, and incredible attention to detail. Since you say you are targeting private institutions, some/many of these considerations may not be apropos, but almost all grantors like to get a lot of bang for their buck, they like to fund things that directly relate to their mission statements, they don't like to be the sole support of something, and they don't want to get locked into some project that comes back year after year after year--unless, of course, it gets super-star results and generates tons of great publicity for them.
HTH,
Luann



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