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THE BUSINESS OF ART :: GRANT & PROPOSAL WRITING

Grants are cash support given for arts projects, programs and organizations by government agencies, foundations, corporations, individuals and private arts organizations. You most often need to fill out an application and submit it to the grant making organization for consideration.

As an individual artist, you are often able to directly apply for arts funding from government arts agencies and a variety of nonprofit organizations. However, most private foundations make grants only to incorporated nonprofit organizations. Some private foundations give support for individual projects; you will need to determine which funders might be interested in your particular project or subject area.

You can also apply for fiscal sponsorship from nonprofit organizations that operate fiscal sponsorship programs. Fiscal sponsorship will allow you to pursue grants from government agencies, private foundations, corporations, and individuals that fund only incorporated nonprofit organizations.

Link outside of City of Seattle web  Fundraising and Grant Writing
An overview of the process of fundraising and grant writing. From Creative Capital Foundation.

Link outside of City of Seattle web  Basic Elements of Grant Writing
Successful grant writing involves planning, searching for resources, writing and packaging the proposal, submitting the proposal, and follow-up. Here are some guidelines that will help you through each stage of the process. From the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Link outside of City of Seattle web  Search for Grants
Interactive search tool to help artists find grants or services and publications by discipline and state.

Link outside of City of Seattle web  How do I Prepare a Budget for an Arts Proposal?
The essential steps to prepare a budget for a proposal. From Artist Trust.

Link outside of City of Seattle web  The Foundation Center's Cooperating Collection. Located at Seattle Public Library
A great resource for grant seekers. The Cooperating Collection holds the Foundation Center's core collection of reference works on grant seeking and grant writing and has staff trained to direct you to funding information resources. The publication Foundation Grants to Individuals is particularly useful. Call ahead and make an appointment for staff assistance. Phone number: 206-386-4645.

Link outside of City of Seattle web  Foundation Center Learning Lab User Aids
Web and print resources for artists seeking grants and information on proposal and grant writing. Many of the listed publications can be found in the Seattle Public Library Cooperating Collection.


Books

The Individual's Guide to Grants by Judith B. Margolin.
Gives suggestions for carrying out a search for grants and writing a proposal. The book also explains the role of fiscal sponsorship for individual grantseekers.

Shaking the Money Tree by Morrie Warshawski
Written primarily for film and videomakers. Step by step guide covering planning a project, doing research, writing a proposal, soliciting donations from individuals, and more.


Classes

Link outside of City of Seattle web  North Seattle Community College Continuing Education
offers a class on grantwriting. Call 206-527-3639 for more information.

For information on creating application support materials such as work samples, artist resumes, and artist statements, explore Developing Portfolios and Support Materials.

Looking for current and ongoing funding opportunities? Peruse Opportunities.

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