This year, I had the wonderful fortune of receiving a New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant to produce Conversations with Creatives. The grant was administered by and awarded through Livingston Arts and Genesee Valley Arts Grants.
I also wanted to seek funding for a documentary I’m filming. A friend suggested I attend a grant writing workshop with Margit Brazda Poirier of Grants4Good LLC. If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of Margit’s seminars,you won’t be disappointed.
Because funding has become much more challenging in recent years, I wanted to do an episode on grants and grant writing. I invited several regional grants professionals to participate in this episode on best practices in grant writing and applications. We cover a variety of important topics, such as:
- Why grants are so important for the Arts
- How individuals can apply for grants, normally earmarked for Non-profits, through use of a fiscal sponsor
- Resources for finding fiscal sponsors
- The benefits of using a grant writer
- Resources for finding grants locally and throughout New York State
- Suggestions for making your application as strong as possible
Many thanks to Lin Callahan of Livingston Arts and Genesee Valley Arts Grants, Margit Brazda Poirier of Grants4Good LLC and Saúl Maneiro of Rochester Area Community Foundation for their invaluable insights!
For a summary of Lin Callahan’s presentation to RCTV about the Genesee Valley Arts Grants and how to apply, click here.
Several Resources mentioned in this episode:
- New York Foundation for the Arts – (Fiscal Sponsorship; also Grants for various artistic media given on rotating basis)
- Fiscal Sponsor Directory (Fiscal Sponsorship)
- National Council on Non-profits (info on Fiscal Sponsorship)
- GuideStar (info on non-profits to ascertain whether they might be a good fit as a prospective fiscal sponsor)
- The Foundation Center (Information on organizations that award grants)