Grant Writing 101 for Creatives: A Two-Part Workshop

This two-part course will give you the tools you need to tackle and write a strong fundraising proposal.

7–8:30pm (Classroom 1)Note: This is a 2 part class (3 hours)

Unlimited Classes

Take as many as you want for $350 month. Or for $500 month also get a daily work space.

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Back by popular demand. 

This workshop will prepare you to put your best foot forward the next time you apply for a grant. The goal of this course is to help you gain confidence in your fundraising and proposal writing abilities and provide you with a solid road map to begin the process.


In the first part of the class, the teacher will talk about fundraising for your project in general terms and review several key rules that apply to whether you’re applying for a grant, doing a crowdfunding campaign or cultivating individual donors. We’ll also discuss how best to identify potential funders.

The second part will cover the specific components of a proposal, how to convey ideas visually and strike a balance between the big, broad brushstroke ideas and small details that make your project come alive on the page. We’ll look at excerpts from successful grant applications and discuss what makes an effective proposal.

What You Will Learn

  • Reshape your grantwriting process and workshop your proposal.

  • Learn the most common mistakes made and how to avoid them.

  • Get a glimpse into the potential funder’s perspective.

About the instructor

Tracie Holder

Tracie Holder

Tracie Holder is widely regarded as a go-to person and all-round resource for artists seeking U.S. funding having raised $2 million for her own projects from a mix of government funders, private foundations and individuals. Clients include Women Make Movies, Active Voice, European Documentary Network, DocNomads and the Made in NY Media Center. Holder leads workshops in the U.S. and abroad, tutors and serves on juries at international pitching and training sessions. Holder is the co-producer/director/writer of Joe Papp in Five Acts, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and screened at more than 40 festivals internationally. The film will broadcast nationally on PBS/American Masters in 2017. She is currently producing Mudflow, a feature documentary set in Indonesia, co-directed by Academy Award-winner Cynthia Wade and Sasha Friedlander, Executive Producer, Abby Disney.

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