Are you ready to create a rich life?
By now you know that you need to know how to write a killer grant to build your art career.
I have already covered a lot of the all important basics in the Grantwriting 101 Tutorial, and my recent posts were all about what funders really look for in a proposal and how to present yourself as the best candidate for a grant.
I want to introduce you to powerful strategy I use called the Grantstacking Sequence.
My experience as a grant panelist and grant provider have helped me develop this method which I have taught people to do to boost their grant writing skills & confidence for many years.
Don’t get overwhelmed by this.
Get the core thinking of each step and take baby steps.
I go into greater depth about this sequence in my upcoming Grantwriting 101 Roundup.
OK, let’s talk about building your success through the Grantstacking Sequence.
1. Your Common Goals
This is a little bit of soul searching…
What are you passionate about?
What is your funder passionate about?
What do you share as a common passion?
Once you figure this out, you will know the rarified arena you will be focusing on.
2. Your Unique Offer
Here’s an example of a unique offer:
A small theatre company with a passion for presenting works by emerging playwrights found a funder with a passion for the arts & social equity.
What they had in common was a concern over racial tensions rising in a local community between the police and the immigrant teenage youth population.
The theatre company’s unique offer was a project to produce a a series of short plays with scenes written by police officers and students reimagining a recent conflict.
The audience, which was composed of town officials, members of the police department and families of the teenagers, was stunned by what the plays revealed.
3. The Grant Conversation
How do you get to a point where you can craft a proposal that is that unique and specific?
How do you maintain your position as a creative force and still provide value?
I say do it old school. Pick up the phone and start a conversation.
Or ask for a meeting and start talking.
This is the most important step in the sequence, where the true relationship is built.
And remember, people fund people.
Grants is a relationship business.
4. The Grant Proposal
You’ve done your soul searching, you’ve had your grant conversation and your grant proposal contains your unique offer.
It can go one of two ways.
Yes, you get the grant and you pop the cork of that champagne bottle.
No, you don’t get the grant and you want to drown yourself at the bottom of bottle.
Either way, you return to –
5. The Grant Conversation…
If you get the grant, call to say thank you and to ask for comments.
If you don’t get the grant, call to say thank you and to ask for comments.
Here’s where you get grantwriting insights that are gold.
The comments on your grant, whether you get it or not, will tell you what you did right and what you did wrong.
It will also teach you how to write better grants and build your relationship with your funder.
Does this sound like you?
I know a lot of you are thinking, “I’m an artist. Writing grants is out of my comfort zone.”
All amazing things that happen in your life come at the edge of your comfort zone.
You have to be ready to jump at the opportunities that will bring your closer to your dream of a bigger life and career – a jump that will land you outside of your comfort zone.
This is an important decision you have to make for yourself.
You are an artist and know that sometimes your art will take people outside of their comfort zone.
But that experience ultimately opens their ability to see and to think about things differently.
The same is true for you as you write grants. I can guide you through this.
Some of you believe, “I’m new at this and I feel out of my league.”
Anyone who has ever had big success started feeling the same way.
What makes the difference between very successful people and the rest of the world is that they take steps, usually baby steps, – learning, failing, picking themselves up, dusting themselves off, and starting all over again every day until they are standing firmly in their success.
You also need a plan. A blueprint or a sequence to follow so that you begin to form a habit of successful actions that will lead to a successful grant. I call this a grantstacking sequence.
Or, “This isn’t going to work for me.”
Henry Ford had a great piece of wisdom about that. He said,
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
I believe you are capable of achieving the success you picture for yourself.
I can help you with achieving your vision, but not with your mental head trashing.
You have a big decision to make for yourself – are you ready to step up to a bigger life, a bigger career, and a bigger vision making an impact on the people around you?
This is what I want you to have and it is my job to hold you to going after your bigger vision.
I want you to get a grant.
I want you to be successful and confident as you build your creative career and lifestyle.
I love to work with people in transformation.
People who are actively committing to their creative success and building their careers doing what they love to do.
Especially artists, like you.
You can achieve big things starting from small steps. Like a thoughtfully executed proposal.
In my next post I am going to talk about the Grantwriting 101 Roundup. It is a place where you can get the information and the feedback you need to get a grant and build your creative career.
It is not for everyone…
However, if you are:
- just starting out, or and emerging artist
- a mid career artist looking to go to the next level
- frustrated after having been turned down by a funder
– this is what you need to write that killer proposal for your next project.
Remember that everything I talk about will be with one goal in mind: to help you position yourself as the best candidate for the grant from the grant panelist’s perspective.