Grant Writing 101 for Creatives: A Two-Part Workshop

Other 7–8:30pm
  • Regular $60
  • Media Center Members $40

*This is a two-day workshop happening on May 23 and May 25 from 7:00-8:30pm.

This two-part writing workshop will prepare you to put your best foot forward the next time you apply for a grant. In the first part of the course, we’ll 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.

In the second part, we’ll 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. The goal of this course is to help you gain confidence in your fundraising and proposal writing abilities and provide you with a solid roadmap to begin the process.  


Tracie Holder is a filmmaker, consultant, producer and engagement campaign specialist. She is widely regarded as a “go-to” person and all-around 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. She is a former board member of NY Women in Film & Television and Manhattan Neighborhood Network, a member of the Film Fatales and grant panelist for national and local funders.  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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