This post was originally written almost 6 years ago when I received my first Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant to work with a newly formed group of Young Moms at the Garage in Kennett Square, PA.
Since that time my relationship with the YoungMoms Community has grown and developed as have many of the young women I first worked with. Earlier this month I learned that I received my 3rd Leeway Art & Change Grant to continue our work together. I thought I would share it with you again as grant writing is part of being an artist, an also in my new role as Interim Executive Director of the DIAE (Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education,) following the tragic passing in September of our beloved Executive Director, Danny Peak.
As artists, we are always putting ourselves out “there”; wearing our hearts on our sleeves, on paper, on canvas. We often find ourselves waiting for the sale, grant or acceptance letter to come through.
So here’s the great news… the envelope arrived on Friday, a thick one. I was hopeful.
My heart still sank to my stomach when I took it out of the box. Did I tear it open? No. Did I open it first. No. Did I have a little pep talk to myself. Yes.
The great news is that I did get the grant (yea!)… and I will tell you all more about it as it moves along.
But this I will share now. Lessons learned:
1. Start early. Leave yourself enough time to write and rewrite your proposals.
2. If they offer free workshops – MAKE SURE YOU GO TO AT LEAST ONE.
By starting early, I was able to attend 2 which was helpful since in the first workshop I learned that my idea was good but that thisLeeway Foundation Art and Change Grant has various specific goals and my proposal needed work aligning itself with their goals. This brings me to #3….
3. Learn as much as you can about who is funding this grant and find out what their goals and mission are.
I am excited to be supported by this awesome foundation that supports women and transgender artists in the Philadelphia area and look forward to sharing this experience on my blog.
I’d love to hear about social action projects that you have been involved with or know about.