(Make sure to check out the first post in this series, My Grant Experience)
I'm not gonna lie, I was a little intimidated going into the grant writing process. I've always heard how hard and arduous applying for grants can be. Thankfully, the grant I was applying for through United Arts isn't overly complicated. To apply for the grant I had to have a project idea, form a budget and have supporting documents (in my case, the cost of a camera and an additional battery), have a resume, an artist statement, a work sample list, work samples, and optional support materials (media coverage, endorsements, etc.). Additionally, every applicant must fill out an online application. The online application is where you describe your proposal, your artistic history, the relevance the proposal has to your body of work or artistic mission, the planning and preparation involved, as well as some other information. Ok ok, I know. Sounds like a lot. Just breathe and hear me out. It's not as bad as it sounds. Below you'll see my artist statement, resume, and the narrative questionnaire I filled out.
Next up I'll talk about the actual shooting process.