Grantwriting 101 With Claire Willett
DATES & TIME: Mondays in September, 7-9 p.m.
LOCATION: 5917 NE 60th Avenue Portland, 97218
COST: “Grants For Organizations” – $200, 4 classes (9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3); “Grants For Individuals” (10/10)
OVERVIEW: The “Grants For Organizations” program includes four two-hour classes. During the first hour, we will cover a comprehensive overview of the grantwriting/submission process and tools needed to put a grant together (see below for class topics). During the second hour, we will break into small groups for a hands-on project where each organization will work together to prepare a general operating grant for their organization to submit. (Unaffiliated individuals will be assigned to the organization groups.) The “Grants For Individuals” program is a two-hour class covering the basics of submitting an individual artist or project grant, and will primarily focus on local government grants. We will also cover alternative fundraising tools like IndieGoGo and Kickstarter.
Monday, September 12th: What’s In a Grant?
In this introductory session, we’ll go over the basics of writing a basic operating grant from start to finish. We’ll also cover supporting documents you’ll need for your grants, from accurate financials to a juicy mission statement, and the main numbers and statistics you’ll need to be able to lay your hands on (What’s your EIN? How many of your subscribers are donors? What’s your percentage of board giving?)
Monday, September 19th: Foundations 101
An overview of the regional and national arts funding community, with a list of recommended foundations every nonprofit arts organization should apply to. We’ll discuss foundations vs. corporations vs. government grants. We’ll also cover how to create an annual grants calendar, how to match a project to a funder, how to do prospect research on the cheap (HINT: you really don’t need an expensive subscription to that foundation research website!), do’s and don’ts for foundation trustee meetings and site visits, and what they’re really looking for when they’re reading your grant, including some of the most common reasons your grant might be declined.
Monday, September 26th: Participant Q&A
In this class we will go over the participant-submitted questions (see form below) and discuss some of the commonly-held misconceptions about grants, grantwriting and fundraising in general.
Monday, October 3rd: Project Presentations
Each group will have an opportunity to share an excerpt from their grant.