The Fear Of Grant Writing


As we begin this path of trying to build more monetary equity in hopes to provide more paid opportunities for our featured artists, alumnae and production team, this small word GRANT, brings on LARGE ANXIETY!

Although the anxiety can be scary, it is by no means scaring us off away from our goal or path. We began our search for guidance and came across these helpful articles and links.

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Hallmarks Part 1: Tailoring the Proposal

There’s a saying in the world of grant seeking: “If you’ve met one funder, you’ve met one funder.”Part of what makes grant seeking challenging is that every funder wants something different. The essence of what they want is the same—what do you propose to do, what difference will it make, and where do we, the funder, fit in?—but the narrative configurations, space limits, and formats in which they want this information varies greatly. This means there is no one-size-fits-all approach to requesting grant dollars. To stand a chance of cutting through the competition and getting a grant, it is necessary to tailor a proposal to each funder. There are two levels of tailoring a grant application: first, tailoring the format to meet every specification of the application guidelines and process. And secondly, tailoring the message to the unique interests and priorities of the funder.

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Be Your Own Grant Writer – Grant writing is one of the most important tasks to secure sustainability for a nonprofit, yet it’s notoriously frustrating and overwhelming. This 11-hour workshop is designed to simplify and streamline the entire process – from crafting proposals to organizing and planning for future funding – all at once. You’ll leave the workshop organized, with clarity on next steps, complete documents, tools and resources that will help you in all future grant applications process, and more importantly excited about your next grant proposal. After all, you’ll be your own grant writer!

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Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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