Grantwriting Classes With Claire – Round 2!

Grantwriting With Claire Willett 2: Return of the Grantwriter

DATES & TIME:   Saturdays in July, 10-noon

LOCATION: 5917 NE 60th Avenue Portland, 97218

COST: “Grants For Organizations” – $200, 4 classes (7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4); “Grants For Individual Artists” – $50, 1 class (7/15)

The last round of grantwriting classes in September were so successful that I’m bringing them back for the summer!  Come drink coffee and eat baked goods in my air-conditioned dining room while we discuss all the ins and outs of grantwriting for nonprofit organizations.  The $200 fee covers four 2-hour classes for as many members of your organization as you would like.  Treats are included.  Both individuals and organizations will be using the Regional Arts & Culture Council project grant as a model, with the goal of submitting a finished grant by the August 15th deadline.   Other foundations with upcoming deadlines whose guidelines we will cover (organizations only) include the Juan Young Trust (9/30 deadline), the Jackson Foundation (9/30 deadline), and the MAP Fund For New Work (10/3 deadline).

Payment due by July 1.  Scholarships/payment plans available.

From the blog Ryan Gosling: Arts Administrator


Saturday, July 14th: 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?)

Saturday, July 21st: 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. 

Saturday, July 28th: 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.

Saturday, August 4th: Project Presentations

Each group will have an opportunity to share an excerpt from their grant.


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