ARTS 389/429/529: Grant and Proposal Writing
Tuesdays 11:00-1:45PM
Lannan Reading Room, Fine Arts Building, The University of New Mexico
Fall 2016
Instructor: Andrea Polli,

The Grant and Proposal writing course focuses on the skills necessary for researching, designing and writing effective grant applications and proposals for a variety of art-based solicitations.  Students will shape their ideas for small and large-scale projects into proposals in various formats following the requirements of real-world calls for entry including microfinancing sites.  Students will be expected to actually submit one or more of their proposals to a granting or producing organization.

Students should finish the course with a working knowledge of writing a variety of kinds of grants and proposals for supporting their art projects and careers.

Students will:
  1. Write and present a 'pitch' for a project
  2. Research grant opportunities (RFPs) and find those appropriate to a project
  3. Analyze grant application requirements
  4. Create at least one detailed budget and write a budget narrative
  5. Write an artist's resume or CV according to the College Art Association guidelines (graduate students write both)
  6. Complete a crowdfunding proposal for a project
  7. Write a bio and/or artist's statement according to detailed guidelines
  8. Follow word and character-count requirements for RFPs
  9. Format a portfolio of digital samples and descriptions of work according to specific guidelines
  10. Complete at least one RFP in full
Grading Policy: Student's grades will depend on the TIMELY completion of all assignments, final project, attendance and participation. If a student has any emergencies or difficulties in completing an assignment, THEY SHOULD CONTACT ME AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. My e-mail is no excuses.
Attendance (inc. field trips) 10%
Research and assignments 20%
Midterm presentation 10%

Midterm proposal 10%
Participation 10%
Total 60%
Final proposal outline 10%
Final proposal draft 10%
Projects in process presentations 10%
Final proposal 10%
Total 40%
Attendance: The weekly class time will serve as an official time for students to meet. Class time will be used for presentation, discussion, consultation, problem-solving and project development. Students are expected to be punctual, and to attend all classes unless informed otherwise by the professor. If a student is too ill to come to class, or has an emergency conflict, he or she must notify and speak with the professor. If a student misses a scheduled meeting, it is the student's responsibility to make up any work missed. More than three absences will result in an 'F' (failure). Lectures and discussions will be held at the beginning of class so you must be punctual. Two late arrivals equal one absence! The student will be in regular contact with the professor throughout the process. All due dates are final; no late work will be accepted. Part of your final grade will be determined by class attendance.
Make-ups: If a student finds they will not be able to hand in a project on the scheduled day, it is the student's responsibility to notify me prior to that day. Under no circumstances will I accept the work if I have not been notified and arrangements made prior to that day.
Participation: Lecture must be interactive. To this end, I encourage an open atmosphere where back-and-forth communication is the norm. Students are free to speak up when they need clarification or wish to make observations. Always let me know if you are having difficulties mastering a technique presented in class and I will help you. Plus, you will be expected to work several hours outside of class time each week. You will not be able to finish your assignments during class!
Homework: Since the nature of this class demands that assignments vary between students, students will be responsible for the specific requirements of their project and will be expected to complete necessary content gathering and formatting and design. Unfinished projects will NOT be accepted. ALL work will be expected to be formatted as appropriate including online work.

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Rosenberg The Artist's Guide to Grantwriting
Karsh and Fox The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need
Resources (by no means an exhaustive list!  resources are changing every day, please notify me if an online resource is out of date)
Online Resources
College Art Association (CAA)
CAA Guidelines
Art Deadlines List
Art & Design – Career & Employment
Career-Jobs.html  Artists Space
Chronicle of Higher Education Careers
ArtJob Online
Arts and Business Council
Arts International Home
Arts Wire Current
Asian American Arts Alliance
Association of Hispanic Arts
Bronx Council on the Arts
Brooklyn Arts Council
College Art Association – Career Development
The Council on Foundations
Creative Capital
Creative Time
Department of Cultural Affairs
Fine Art Forum
Albuquerque Opportunities for Artists
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Museum Employment Resource Center
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
National Endowment for the Arts
National Network for Artist Placement
New York Artists Equity
New York Foundation for the Arts
New York Regional Association of Grantmakers
Public Art Fund
Queens Council on the Arts (site free on Fridays)
Visual Nation
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
World Wide Arts Resources
International Digital Media and Arts Association
The Center for Arts Education (great links for grants and jobs)
Soros Foundation
The Foundation Center
Art Emerging
New Mexico Humanities Council

Women Arts
Scripps College Fellowship Guide
Call for Entry
Pepsi Refresh
Fund Net Services
A Massive List of Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About

Grant-Writing Guidelines / Tutorials
H-Net Job Guide
Art Calendar 
Art Newspaper 
Art Papers 
Art Week 
NYFA Quarterly
Sculpture Magazine
Course Outline:  This syllabus is subject to change!! Please feel that you have a say in the tempo and the extent to which material is covered.
August 23
Introduction, course outline and schedule
Discuss reading assignments
Pitch workshop  

Assignment: gather audience feedback next class August 30
The Artists Guide to Grantwriting Preface, Introduction and Cpt 1, pages vii-25
The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need Introduction, Funders Roundtable and Lesson 1 pages xi-11
August 30
Report on audience feedback
Pitch workshop 2

Team interviews
Objectives/goals workshop
Assignment: revise objectives/goals and bring in CV/resume
The Artists Guide to Grantwriting Cpt 2 and 3, pages 27-47
The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need Lesson 2 pages 12-37
September 6
Review Objectives/Goals
CV/resume workshop
Analyzing applications and sample Creative Capital questions
Freewrite proposal workshop responding to Creative Capital

Assignment: Revised CV/resume and C
reative Capital Revision

The Artists Guide to Grantwriting Cpt 4 pages 48-63 and Cpt 7, pages 89-106
The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need Lesson 3 pages 38-56

September 13
Revised CV/resume due, discussion
Revised Creatve Capital due, discussion
Grants research workshop
Grants research and portolio presentation with 20 images due next class meeting

The Artists Guide to Grantwriting Cpt 5, pages 64-78 and Cpt 6, pages 79-88
The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need Funders Roundtable pages 74-93

September 20
No formal class meeting
Work on
grants research and portolio presentation with 20 images due next class meeting


The Artists Guide to Grantwriting Cpt 8, pages 107-118 and Cpt 9, pages 119-134
The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need Part II, Lessons 5, 6, 7 and 8 pages 95-159

September 27
Grants research part 1 presentations
Portfolio presentations part 1

Homework: Grants research and portfolio part 2 next week

October 4

Alberto Solis Guest Presentation
Grants research part 2 presentations
Discuss Kickstarter and other microfinancing sites

Homework: Start a Kickstarter (or other microfinance site) page for your project proposal including video

October 11
Portfolio presentations part 2
Present and discuss Kickstarter sites 1

  Kickstarter revisions, choose final rfp and outline requirements, 300-500 word formal bio draft due next class meeting

October 18
Present and discuss Kickstarter sites 2
Bio workshop –begin writing 300-500 word formal bio draft
Work on Kickstarter revisions, final rfp and outlining requirements 300-500 word bio draft due next class meeting

The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need Part II, Lessons 9 and 10, pages 160-180

October 25
Present proposed final rfp and outline requirements
Bio workshop for revisions
Discuss Final projects, foundation/agency/government proposal with detailed budget

Homework:  Choose final rfp and outline requirements 300-500 word formal bio revision due next class meeting

The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need Part II, Lessons 12 and 13, pages 191-213 Discuss proposal requirements, budgets

November 1
No formal class meeting, revise bio, make final rfp decision

November 8
Bio revisions due
Rfp final decisions/outlines
Project brief/Letter of Intent workshop
Budget and budget narrative workshop
Review and discuss proposal outlines, budgets and budget narratives

The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need Part II, Lessons 14 and 15, pages 214-228
Homework: Draft proposal outline, draft budget and budget narrative due next class meeting

November 15
No formal class meeting, revise budget/budget narrative and proposal draft

The Artists Guide to Grantwriting Cpt 10, pages 135-148
The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need
Part II, Lesson 16 and Funders Roundtable II, pages 229-271
November 22
Discuss/workshop revised budgets/budget narratives
Proposal draft workshop

Assignment: Full proposal draft 2 due next week

November 29

Discuss/workshop proposal draft 2
Assignment: Full proposal due next week

December 6
Final project presentations/discussion
Hand in final project