If you’re an artist, then you probably know what it’s like to want to pursue your passion full-time. Well, here’s how! Check out Christopher Reinhardt’s 12 Tips for Getting a Grant, excerpted from the 2013 Artist’s and Graphic Designer’s Market book.
1. Search for online opportunities. The Internet provides a wealth of information (see Grant and Fellowship Websites listed HERE).
2. Network with members of local art associations, such as city art councils, and sign up to receive the clubs’ newsletters.
3. Be conscious of the application deadline. The application process will take time, so start preparing early.
4. Be wary of application fees. Most legitimate groups that distribute grants and fellowships are nonprofit organizations and don’t require fees for applicants.
5. Many programs are theme-based; therefore, your application should directly address the theme.
6. Understand all budget restrictions. For example, if the granting organization is unable to provide support for capital equipment, your budget cannot include funding to buy a camera.
7. Like the project you’re proposing. Only apply to a fellowship or propose a project you’re actually interested in doing.
8. Most programs have specific requirements for applications, so make certain you understand them. For example, if you’re not a sculptor, applying for a fellowship to support sculptors is not for you.
9. Follow the proposal submission directions meticulously, with attention to page limitations, font size, spacing, number of copies and so forth.
10. Be professional. Proofread your application for typos, misspellings and grammatical errors. If images of your work are required, provide high-quality photographs or digital files.
11. Program themes and qualifications can and often do vary from year to year, so always be certain you have a current grant prospectus.
12. Don’t procrastinate in requesting letters of recommendation: Asking colleagues can be intimidating, but don’t put it off! Writing good letters will take your colleagues some time, so give them ample notice.
For more tips, check out the 2013 Artist’s and Graphic Designer’s Market book!
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