Every artist thinking of applying for a grant should own a copy of Gigi Rosenberg's recently published The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing.
I've had this book for a couple of months now and have been keeping it all to myself, mostly because I've been reading every word.
With just a couple of chapters to go, I thought it was time to share with you.
The Book's Style
Gigi's writing is warm and accessible. She weaves her personal story and experiences into a text that could be terribly dry. It's not. Gigi makes you believe you can do this. And she gives you the tools to get down to work.
The text in The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing is straight to the point and easy on the eye. Gigi keeps our attention with lists, bullet points, and subheadings. It's easy to scan and not feel overwhelmed.
“Gigi's Cheat Sheets” are lists of tips at the end of every chapter, which nicely summarize that chapters' contents. They're worth the price of the book ($16.99US) alone.
The Book's Substance
Reading this book brought back painful memories of writing grants for my museum programs. There were several moments when I realized exactly why I didn't receive the grant money for certain proposals in my past. Ouch!
But if you're serious about your projects, you'll read, learn, and improve.
Here are some of the sections I underlined in my copy of The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing.
- “The Process of grant writing lets you test the worthiness of an idea before you invest time and money into it.” (p. 31)
- “The first rule of grant writing is ‘Follow directions.' And if you do nothing more impressive than this, your application will be better than most.” (p. 36)
- “Give yourself six to eight weeks to prepare your grant application.” (p. 62)
- “Write a lousy first draft.” (p. 66)
- “Show the funder that you care more about your project than about their money.” (p. 85)
- “Make sure that all items in our budget are mentioned in your answers on the grant application and vice versa.” (p. 134)
Your First Step
Download an excerpt from the book here.
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Whatever you do, don't write a grant proposal without reading this book first.