Arts Grants: Budgets, Workplans and Support Material

A three-part workshop series covers everything you need to know about applying for arts grants.

Session 1: Arts Grants: Finding the Right Program 
This workshop will provide you with a deeper understanding of the granting landscape, including the various funding agencies, their programs, priorities and processes. We’ll look at different types of grants, eligibility requirements, and assessment criteria in order to help you determine “fit” and target the right program for your artistic practice or project/activity.

This is the first workshop in a three-part series. To get a thorough understanding of arts grants, we recommend attending all three workshops in the series.

You Will Learn

•Funding agencies (municipal, provincial, federal) and their priorities
•How different funding agencies organize their programs
•The different types of grants (operating vs project, one-time vs multi-year, activity-based)
•How funding decisions are made (granting officers, assessment panels, juries)  

Session 2: Arts Grants: Writing Your Application
This workshop will look at your grant application as a NARRATIVE and the importance of storytelling in communicating impact. You will learn how to write compelling but concise project descriptions, artistic statements, and responses to different types of application questions.

This is the second workshop in a three-part series. To get a thorough understanding of arts grants, we recommend attending all three workshops.

You Will Learn

•Storytelling as a tool for creating compelling and persuasive content
•Messaging that will resonate with your audience (funding decision-makers)
•The concept of “impact” in an arts context
•The writing process (brainstorming, outlining, drafting, revising, editing and proof-reading)

Session 3: Art Grants: Budgets, Workplans and Support Material
A three-part workshop series covering everything you need to know about applying for arts grants.

This workshop will look at your grant application as a BUSINESS PLAN and examine its technical components. We will develop a budget and work plan according to program guidelines and discuss how to select your strongest artistic support materials and supplementary documentation. And finally, what to do if your grant application is successful – and follow-up questions to ask your granting officer if it’s not.

This is the third workshop in a three-part series. To get a thorough understanding of arts grants, we recommend attending all three workshops.

You Will Learn

•How to make a business case for investment
•How to develop a budget according to program guidelines (the grant as a % of your overall revenue, eligible expenses, cost estimations)
•How to develop a work plan according to program guidelines (eligible dates, eligible activities)
•How to determine the most appropriate materials to support your application
•Your obligations if your grant application is successful
•Your best course of action if your grant application is rejected

About the Speaker:

Noora (Sagarwala) Rizvi is an arts producer, marketing professional, audience development specialist, and strategy consultant with over fifteen years of management experience in the Canadian cultural sector. She is currently the Managing Director of Emancipation Arts and has held positions at the Ontario Arts Council, Manifesto, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, and Canada Dance Festival. She holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.

Pricing: 
General Admission - $35 + tax
Member Admission - FREE

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