At the Arts & Business Council of Chicago, we are creating a world where creativity is universally valued as a resource with limitless potential for social and economic impact. We are an arts service organization focused on serving Chicago’s cultural workers and enterprises through consulting, programming, and mentorship to ensure community vitality and an equitable creative economy.
One of the ways in which we fulfill our mission is through our Learning Labs Program. Learning Labs provide opportunities to start new conversations about non-profit management with a particular focus on arts + culture. The goal of this program is to continue discussing solutions for challenges faced across the sector.
About Learning Lab: Grant Writing, Building a Successful Case for your Project
Support for nonprofit arts organizations and art makers in Chicagoland drastically increased in 2022 and is expected to continue growing throughout 2023. Grant amounts from the City of Chicago are larger, their terms are more flexible, and the application process is less rigid. When it comes to private foundations, a similar case is happening.
However, even if there are more funding opportunities, chances of getting funds will largely depend on the applicant’s ability to effectively build their case and present a successful grant application.
In view of this exciting scenario, the Arts & Business Council offers a Learning Lab on Grant Writing where participants will gain insights into communicating effectively with prospective funders.
During this workshop, attendees will get tools to build a case for their project and prepare effectively for grant writing. This session focuses on philanthropic foundation and government grants for arts organizations, although some underlying principles around proposal writing apply to individuals.
Topics covered during the session
- Brief History of Nonprofit Funding
- Anatomy of a Grant Application, with a focus on narrative, timeline, budget, and impact/evaluation
- Case Studies: Critically Examining Writing Samples
- Creating Your Case: Share your Elevator Pitch
Topics not covered
- Identifying relevant government and private foundation funders
- Types of foundations and other funders
- Types of proposals and submissions
- Application for research grants
We encourage participants to prepare a one-paragraph pitch for a project they want to get funded.
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