Grant revenues can assist your organization in launching new programs or ideas, creating leverage for other funders by demonstrating your diversity of funding as a nonprofit, and being a creative way to engage partners and the community. However, grant revenues are not a quick solution for an organization’s budgetary woes nor is the process a low-maintenance revenue stream. Grant funds are slow funds that require the support of the entire nonprofit team. The successful pursuit of grant revenues depends on: research of grant opportunities, a clear understanding of the foundation you seek funds from, your organization’s mission and purpose in alignment with the foundation’s, writing the grant with specificity to the foundation, and the follow-up once a grant decision is made.
Once you understand the realities of exploring grant revenues and start the process of researching, the next step is writing the funding proposal. Grant writing is an essential skill for nonprofit organization employees, as well as a source of funding for your own artistic activities as an individual artist. The grant writing focus should always be about the needs of the populations you severe, not your organization. Grant writing skills are transferable to other types of writing. For example, successful writing of a grant application can help you write effective business proposals as well.
This course will focus on researching grant opportunities, aligning the funder with your organization, writing the grant, storytelling as a grant-writing skill, effective communication of proposal components, and successful grant writing practices for nonprofits and arts organizations.
Through this course, you will be able to:
• Research grant opportunities.
• Begin to align your organization with funders.
• Use research to develop grant applications.
• Translate mission, goals, and objectives into grant applications.
• Understand various successful practices in grant writing.
• Use effective writing skills to complete a grant application.
• State important ideas concisely and use effective and persuasive writing as a proposal tool.
• Follow instructions in order to comply with grant application requirements.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbook and Materials
Required textbook - Brindle, M & DeVereaux, C (2011). The Arts Management Handbook: New Directions for Students and Practitioners. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-0765617422.
In addition to managing arts organizations, Constance DeVereaux has worked as an arts management consultant, arts advocate, and researcher. She brings both applied and philosophical dimensions to the program, and is an international expert in arts and cultural policy. She served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in both policy and management at universities in Finland, South Africa, and Romania. DeVereaux created the arts management master's program at Claremont Graduate University and the arts management minor at Northern Arizona University, and is the former director of the arts administration program at Shenandoah University. She also lectures internationally on arts management and policy topics and is a frequent presenter at international conferences. Her research interests include cultural citizenship and the arts, culturally sustainable entrepreneurship, arts management practices, and everyday aesthetics. In addition to her academic pursuits, DeVereaux is an award-winning feature reporter for public radio.