Rachel Bradbury has asked me to post about applying for a grant.
Being funded to write a project is every writer’s dream, but unfortunately, arts grants are few and far between so competition is fierce.
Here are my tips on how to apply for arts funding.
- Show your passion for your project.
- Demonstrate strong reasons why you chose this project and why you are the person to write it – what’s your connection to the subject matter?
- Provide strong reasons for why you are doing this project, why now?
- Speak with enthusiasm.
- Outline where you are in your career and how this project will help your professional development as a writer.
- Talk about stylistic devices you are using and why.
- Show how your project will benefit others. What impact will this project have on the literary landscape – if it’s groundbreaking – say so. Why this form and not another?
- Clearly explain what you are trying to achieve?
- Have a clear rationale, clear goals and a clear plan for your project.
- Identify what challenges this project will present, and how will you overcome them?
- If at first you don’t succeed, keep applying. Some people don’t receive funding until their second and third attempt.
- Always read and follow submission guidelines carefully.