Week 10: Class Notes

Grant Writing

  • What can proposals do for your creative practice?
  • What to write for?
    • Project funding, space, publicizing work, network, sustainable art practice, and deadline
  • Where to write for?
  • Why does the institution want?
  • Identifying a right grant
  • RFP (Request for Proposal)
  • Sample Proposals
  • Grant writing is about…
  • Budgeting
  • What if I don’t win the grant?
  • Writing strategy: reversed triangle (broader brush strokes to narrower strokes)
  • My advice
    • If you don’t quality, don’t apply so you can focus on the right thing.
    • Don’t negotiate your project goal/context for grants, or at least, minimize.
    • Do your homework (looking for right grants, keeping track of dates, research their mission…).
    • Be ready to be flexible.
    • Your proposal is much stronger if you already have a similar work or prototypes.
    • Building relationships are important here also..
    • There are other funding models, such as crowd-funding (kick starter, crowd supply, gofundme…) or individual donations.
  • General Advice for Finals
    • Make it into a series of work under a bigger umbrella, if it makes your work stronger.
    • Think of contexts or events that can support your project idea. Why this? Why you? Why now?
    • Where do you imagine your project to be installed/used?
    • Make prototypes, as much as you can.
    • Decide what is an appropriate and realistic scale considering the budget.