Friday, December 09, 2005

Grant writing, or, Your tax dollars at work

Next week I'm going to go to a workshop offered at our local arts center, aimed at helping people get Individual Artist Grants from the Indiana Arts Commission. There isn't a whole heck of a lot of money given out to artists in this state, but this is a nice little program that provides up to a thousand dollars for people to pursue specific projects -- including things like traveling to workshops. If I can get one of these, I can go to a workshop in Provincetown again next summer, something I don't think I'm going to be able to afford otherwise. ($1000 won't cover all of the expenses -- travel, workshop tuition, lodging, meals, cat sitter, airport parking -- but it would cover tuition and lodging, and maybe travel, so it would make it possible where it wouldn't be possible without the grant.) A friend of mine got one of these grants last year, so I know that writing workshops are something they are known to fund, and I think I've been published more than she has so hopefully the fact that she got one means I can get one too. Although she's got a lot more grant writing experience than I do, and that matters.

I'm happy that the Waldron is providing an informational workshop to help guide me through this process, and I'm glad that I'm able to take a couple hours off work to go attend it, but I think I need all the help I can get, so I'll gratefully accept any advice about writing grants for this kind of thing, if any of you have experience with it!

3 comments:

Pamela said...

Good luck! I've never applied for a grant, but Harvey has written several successful grants. His tip to you is to be practical--even in the arts, emphasize how this is going to help you as an artist, not how much you want to go (which is where I know I'd fall down in the application process).

I've received the information about the MFA program that I'm starting next month. Are you still interested in seeing some of the details? If so, just e-mail me. I'm sure I will be blogging excessively on this whole process in days to come.

early hours of sky said...

I've done a great deal of grant writing for art organizations and now I'm doing it for writing, if you need help, just ask.

jenni said...

I took the waldron for granted, now i miss it dearly...

i love the santa pic of your kittie--that is just adorable!!