Every year I apply for a dance grant and every year it is approved. That doesn’t stop me from being nervous about it. Here are a few tips to help others who may want to send to a grant.
#1 Keep a copy of all materials related to your programs.
Press releases, flyers and photographs should be carefully saved and organized. Grant applications always ask for support materials. It is a good idea to keep all of this handy so you are not searching everywhere.
#2 Keep in contact with workshop leaders, volunteers and others.
Don’t wait to the last minute to get in touch with people you need for grant. I always touch base with people I have worked with and I want to work with to see if they would be interested in working with me the following year. I also contact locations to see if they are willing to let me host with them again.
#3 Keep a working draft of grant questions.
Grant applications ask similar questions. I always keep on file response to grant questions. Even if the questions change slightly you will have a base to start.
#4 Keep a Calendar handy
Deadlines are important and if you miss the closing date than you won’t be eligible for that grant.
Thankfully I did those things and my grant is completed. Now the waiting begins.