If you've never gotten a grant before, the thought of it can be daunting. For many artists though, being supported by grant funding can make a huge difference for your life as an artist, enabling you to spend more time making art, and less time chasing the next gig.
Where do you start?
Research! THE most important first step is to go online and start searching for individual artist grants. When you find one that looks good to you, then you need to ask yourself, "What does this funder want to support?" and "Does my work/project mesh with the funders goals?" Read all the information they provide very carefully.
Next, make sure to look at who the funder has supported in the past. Does your work/project seem to fit in in some way with the work of previous recipients?
Repeat this process until you have found at least 10 grants to apply to, because history shows that artists receive, on average, 1 out of every 10 grants they apply for.
The next most important step is to get the deadlines for submission on your calendar, noting not only the deadline, but when you will start writing that particular grant. It is good to allow at least 2 weeks for writing and editing your grant.
IMPORTANT TIP: If you have ANY questions about applying to a particular grant, never hesitate to call the funder to talk to their grant specialist. It is this person's job to help people apply for the grants that their foundation/organization offers.
A fun place to start writing grants is by applying to the Awesome Foundation. It's a super simple application and a great way to get your grant-seeking feet wet. There is no deadline, so you can apply at any time. They give someone $1,000 each month, so that's 12 opportunities a year to try to get this grant! Here's a link to make it easy for you: https://www.awesomefoundation.org/
Get started getting grants today!