Grant Writing 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.

6–8pm (Virtual Online)Note: This is a 2 part class (4 hours)

**This class will be conducted via Zoom and timing is EST.**


Grant writing has never been more essential to the future of a creative's work than now. 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 proposal writing abilities and provide you with a solid road map to begin the process.

The course is taught by Tracie Holder, a filmmaker and consultant, who has raised over $2.5 million for her own projects. In the first part of the class, Tracie will briefly discuss fundraising for your project in general terms and review several key rules that apply no matter where you are looking for funding – 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. This session will end with an overview of the grant funding process from a potential funder’s perspective, providing you with an understanding of the funding panel process from the inside out which in turn will make you a more effective fundraiser and proposal writer. 

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 discuss the importance of aligning your project with the funder's mission, the use of quotes and other strategies for writing an effective proposal.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn how to incorporate proposal writing into your artistic practice and move your project forward.

  • Learn about the most common mistakes made when writing grant fundraising proposals – and how to avoid them.

  • Understand the funding process from the potential funder’s perspective to become a more effective fundraiser and proposal writer.

  • Develop a comprehensive framework for proposal writing that will give you direction and confidence going forward.

About the instructor

Tracie Holder

Tracie Holder

Tracie Holder is a filmmaker, consultant, producer and film funding specialist. She is a 2016 Sundance Creative Producers Fellow and is a grant panelist for national and local funders. She is widely regarded as a ‘go-to’ person and all-round resource for artists seeking funding having raised more than $2.4 million for her own projects from a mix of government funders, private foundations and individuals. She was a longtime consultant to Women Make Movies and served on the board of NY Women in Film & Television. Holder is the co-producer/director/ writer of Joe Papp in Five Acts, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will broadcast nationally on PBS/American Masters in 2019. Producing credits include Grit, co-directed by Academy Award-winner Cynthia Wade, Executive Producer, Abby Disney (Hot Docs 2018); A Prince from Outer Space: Zeki Muren and The Quiet Zone, both in production.

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