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Creative Communities Workshop: In Search of Opportunities

A reference services and strategies workshop focusing on patrons in the creative arts.

Funding and other types of opportunities, such as residencies, workshops, auditions, etc.

Funding and other types of opportunities, such as residencies, workshops, auditions, etc.

·         Advice a graduate student in poetry gave his colleagues:  set aside a certain amount of time every week to look for funding.  He called it “being his own secretary,” and he always had grant application out there and was able to finance his research travel and creativity.

·         General advice for grant seekers:

o   Start early.

o   Be aware of deadlines – these happen year round.

o   Search for grants based on:

§  your project and area of study

§  your profile (religion, gender, ethnic background, place of birth or residence, etc.)

§  the place of where you will be researching (a particular place or library – Huntington Library or a specific society). Search the website for the institute where you wish to do research to determine if they offer grants

§  relevant associations that offer grants and other types of funding

§  relevant periodicals that post grants and other types of opportunities

o   When you have found a relevant grant, see if there is a website for the grant to ensure you have the most current information, as well as to find descriptions of past successful awards.

o   Determine if the amount awarded is worth the time you will have to invest applying for it.

o   If possible, don’t apply for grants that have to be repaid.

·         Print and online directories

o   Grants.gov

o   Foundation Center

o   National Endowment for the Arts

o   National Endowment for the Humanities

·         Associations/Organizations/Institutions

o   American Dance Festival

o   Poets and Writers Tools for Writers