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Grant Writing Intensive

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 be able to 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
The 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 have the opportunity to submit their applications to the Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create program.

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

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