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Gabrielle Clermont | August 21, 2020

On August 18th we were fortunate to host a grant writing workshop in partnership with Inter Arts Matrix. Artistic Director, Isabella Stefanescu, stuffed so many excellent tips in our two hours together, we thought it would be worth sharing a few of them here for those that missed the workshop or simply want to revisit the information.

Getting us started, here are the links to the various funders that Isabella talked about:

Ontario Arts Council

Region of Waterloo Arts Council

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Canada Council For The Arts

Canadian Media Fund

KW Awesome Foundation

I really enjoyed the part of the workshop when Isabella talked about the most common mistakes she has seen people make in writing their grants. I could relate to so many of these, both making the mistakes as a rookie myself and seeing them made as a member of a jury.

Isabella's Tips:

1. Read the guidelines!!! Are you eligible for the grant? Is your work eligible? Don't waste time applying for something you have no chance of receiving!

2. Does your project start after the results of the funding competition are announced?

3. Does your budget tally correctly? Ensure the expenses are equal to the income.

4. Can you meet the submission deadline?

5. Fill out the form - Do not leave blank field. If a question does not apply to you, write "n/a" in the answer field.

6. Stick to the space/pages/word count allowed.

7. Number the pages of attachments.

8. Edit, revise, and edit again. Then have someone else read it over for you. Try to use plain language.

9. Do you have the correct number of application copies to submit (for paper submissions)?

10. If you include links to supporting materials, test them and make sure they work!

11. Keep copies of everything submitted.

Thanks again to Isabella and Inter Arts Matrix for sharing insights on how to make a grant stand out!

About the Instructor:
Isabella Stefanescu is a painter and interdisciplinary artist based in Waterloo Region, and the artistic director of Inter Arts Matrix. Since 1992, when she received her first Canada Council grant, Isabella has worked on projects funded by the city of Kitchener, Region of Waterloo Arts Fund, the Musagetes Fund, Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Trillium Foundation, KW Awesome Foundation, and the Good Family Foundation. Isabella has sat on numerous juries and selection committees, including several at the Ontario Arts Council, and served on the board of the Region of Waterloo Art Fund.

Do you live outside of the Waterloo Region and are looking for local funding opportunities? Check out these other regional arts councils for opportunities:

Guelph Arts Council

Hamilton Arts Council

London Arts Council

Ottawa Arts Council 

Toronto Arts Council