Write a Grant
“Writing a grant is like riding a bike. Once you learn how, you’ll never forget,” says the NEA Foundation’s Jesse Graytock. He reviews the hundreds of grant applications sent each year to the Foundation, which awarded roughly $750,000 this year through more than 80 separate grants. Here are tips for catching his attention, or the notice of government agencies, private groups, corporations, and others willing to open their wallets and help.
Don’t let self-doubt take you out of contention. When Nate Meyer, an eighth-grade language arts and social studies teacher in Downs, Illinois, came up with a plan to create a history-themed mini-golf course for his students, he took a deep breath and filled out an application for a small, $300 grant from the Association of Illinois Middle Schools. To his surprise, he got it. “While this was a drop in the bucket funding-wise, it gave me the confidence to apply for an NEA grant,” Meyer says.