On Wednesday I attended a great presentation at the local Court House Cultural Center Gallery in Stuart. The Arts Council provided this session to provide tips and tricks to grant writers, just in time for the Women Supporting the Arts grant submission deadline coming up next month.
There were three highly experienced ladies on the panel. Janeen Mason writes and ilustrates award-winning children’s picture books. She has served several terms on the Forida Council on Arts and Culture as well as been the recipient of several grants over the years. Jan Rodusky is the director of grants for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. This neighboring grantmaking organization manages several million dollars worth of grants and Jan has seen her share of great and terrible proposals over the years. The third person on the panel was Jillian Vukusich. She is the director of community investment at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.
The discussion that came from this panel was very helpful. It spoke of the need to express your ideas when writing grants in compelling yet brief ways. All three of the experts spoke of the importance of following directions and also staying true to your idea. It’s important to find a grant that fits what you want to do and not to sacrifice or over-promise in the attempt to make your idea fit into a particular grant’s specifications.
Nancy Turell from the Arts Council concluded the presentation with an excellent review of grant resources that would be of interest to those in the room. I appreciated the information and very much liked the local take on the grant writing topic focused specifically on the arts.