What are grants?
With hard work comes patience, dedication and perseverance.  There are organizations out there that support your projects and would thrive to see your success.

Writing a grant isn’t easy.
Here are a couple of things I suggestion for you in order to make sure all of your resumes, CVs and grants are in tip-top shape.

  • Provide details
    • This goes along with staying organized; keep a file, spreadsheet, or some sort of organizational tool to keep a record of all art-related purchases.
    • Many / all financial-need based grants will be asking for financial history and receipts of the previous year.
  • Be organized
    • There are a lot of things that will be required for an artist grant.  Staying organized and separating all of your necessary materials will make grant applications much smoother.
  • Plan ahead
    • Completing a grant takes a tremendous amount of time; both writing and compiling required documents.  To be well-equipped before even starting a grant, most grants usually ask for the standard materials (CV, artist statement, artist bio, documentation).
      • A well-organized artist resume or Curriculum Vitae including:
        • Contact information
        • Education
        • Chronological order of exhibitions (group and solo)
        • Bibliography (any articles you’ve been in / articles about you)
        • Lectures / teaching experience
        • Collections (if any place has your work)
        • Other grants / awards you have received
        • Other relevant professional experience you’ve had
      • An artist statement
        • An artist statement encompasses the philosophy behind your work, the whys and hows of your art making process.  Your artist statement may include your entire body of work, or a specific series.
        • Here is a PDF reference on key points for an artist statement, as well as a few examples of other artists statements to compare to.
      • A biography
        • A bio is different than an artist statement.  It gives your audience background information about YOU!  Because we want to know about you and how you came to where you got to.  Keep it clear, brief, and concise.
      • Documentation (images) of your work
        • You are required to have a professional photographer to document your work.  Your panel will be expecting high resolution images of your work.
      • Descriptions about your work
        • Title, medium, date completed and if it was part of a series.
  • Complete the entire application
    • The most common issue with artists applying for grants are the incompleteness of their application.
  • Follow instructions on the application
    • Most of them may have specific requirements such as a word count limit, or a maximum page amount for your resume / CV, etc.
    • Even if your essay is 501 words and the maximum is 500 words, you will be disqualified for the grant.
  • Proofread your application / have other resources take a look at your materials
    • Below are resources available to you for a professional set of eyes to look over your application, your work,

Editing Resources:
Elizabeth Lee
Location:  Seattle
Specialties include:  developmental editing, copyediting and proofreading.

It is my hope that this becomes a valuable resource for your career.

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