I recently applied for an Individual Artist Program grant from the state of Indiana. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to listen (anonymously) to my grant being reviewed by a panel of four artists.
This particular grant is for a maximum of $2000, and is for some use that would directly advance the career of the artist. The grant must have some sort of public benefit as well. Many types of artists apply — from novices to academic professionals. As I listened to the comments on about 25 applications, a few points kept coming up:
Be sure you understand the intent of the grant. In this case, grants that made a strong case for how the artists’ career would be affected received favorable comments. Does your proposal sound like you are shoe-horning your desire for a vacation into the grant format? (more…)