Renata was ready to call it quits. She had applied for 16 artist grants and hadn’t received a single one. One afternoon she met a friend for coffee. While they sat together she said she was ready to give up.
Her friend, also a visual artist, had already received two grants that year and Renata thought there must be something specifically wrong with her or with her work. Her friend shared a contact with her and told Renata that under no circumstances was she to give up.
When she got home she reached out to the contact she had been given–a grant coach and editor.
After their first phone conversation, Renata felt her confidence begin to bolster. She worked with the coach on three more grants and one morning received the news that she had been selected for the largest one!
Applying for grants is practically a full-time job for anyone wishing to make a career in the arts. For every grant you receive, expect to hear a no from several others. This does not mean there is something wrong with you or with your work.
Navigating the world of grants can be confusing. While the internet is a great source of information, often that information is scattered and difficult to find. What’s more, every grant has slightly different requirements.
There are definite steps you can take to keep yourself on track when it comes to applying for grants.
For starters, making a calendar is a great way to keep things organized. For every given time period–whether a quarter, six months, or even a year, discover the deadlines for several grants and make a plan to apply for all of them.
When choosing grants, be sure to carefully read the eligibility requirements. There is no point in applying for a grant that you don’t qualify for in the first place.
Once you have your grants chosen and scheduled, read through the entire application for each one a few times before you write a single word. Most grants have strict parameters when it comes to things like what information they want to receive and word counts. Stick to them. Grant committees have been known to out applications that ignore these guidelines.
Hiring a grant coach/editor can certainly give you a real boost. With the expertise of a professional, you will create something that stands out from the rest. And any grant coach worth the expense will never let you overshoot the word count!
If the process of grant applications feels overwhelming to you, a subscription to Praxis Center could be an effective tool. Our grant courses guide you through the process and our expert coaches and editors are on hand to assist you every step of the way.