Grant Writing Intensive 2024

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Grant Writing Intensive 2024

Want to write a grant for an art project but don’t know where to start? Have trouble securing project funding?

Ghost River Theatre is hosting our third annual Grant Writing Intensive from February 20 – April 2, 2024 (Tuesday evenings on Zoom.)

Led by writer, grant expert and former artistic director of Ghost River Theatre Jason Rothery, this seven-week course will guide you step-by-step through the process of conceiving, writing, developing and submitting an Individual Project Grant for a new or ongoing real-world artistic endeavour.

Intensive participants will conceive, draft and develop one of two Canada Council for the Arts grant applications — concept to realization, or research & creation — and submit their grant at the culmination of the workshop.

The Intensive will equip and empower artists with the knowledge and tools necessary to draft and adapt applications for various public funding organizations — such as the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Calgary Arts Development — and ultimately have the best chance possible to secure funding.

Topics Covered will Include:

  • Introduction to Canada Council grant requirements
  • Grant structure and narrative
  • Writing and developing a project plan and artistic practice statement
  • Budgets and support material
  • Navigating Canada Council’s online Portal system
  • Adapting grant literature for other funding opportunities
Intensive Process

Each participant will write and develop their own applications, section by section, while simultaneously providing feedback to their fellow Intensive participants. Prior to submission, a mock jury composed of professional artistic peers will offer outside eye insight on each application. During our final session, participants will submit their revised applications to the Canada Council for the Arts for its April 5, 2024 Explore and Create programs application deadline.

Please note that while sessions are approximately three hours each week, the Intensive involves 5–10 hours of outside work per week.

For detailed schedule, fee and registration information, visit

The early bird deadline to register is January 5, 2024.

Please contact Christy Offer if you have any questions at

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