Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Grant Writing Workshop

10 April, 2018 in Feature

This is a grant writing workshop specifically targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Facilitated by Ballardong Noongar woman Erica McCalman, the sessions will provide artists with practical tips and advice about how to write a grant application.

While several funders provide a workshop for potential applicants of their grants, it is assumed the participants have an already existing body of knowledge about Arts Funding. Contrary to popular belief, getting a project funded requires knowledge and skills which go well beyond simply understanding the key selection criteria and writing a persuasive body copy. Getting a grant across the line requires an understanding of project planning, budgeting, protocols and processes, industry standards and recognising opportunities for leveraging support. This holistic approach aims to introduce participants to these principles, begin to develop a solid knowledge of the funding process and empower them to pursue their goals.
Session 1: Gold Digger

In session 1, artists will be shown how to find grants and will be asked to drill down into their basic info, selection criteria and understanding of why they may be offered a grant in the first place. There is a basic introduction to the different sections of grants and why artists need to plan well and apply for more than one.

Where: Cardinia Room, Level 8, Council House 2, 240 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
When: Monday 9 April, 6.30 to 9.30pm
How Much: Free. This event has now passed. 

Session 2: Putting it all together

In session 2, there will be an introduction to drafting timelines, budgets and planning the project. It will also cover partnerships, multiple grants and discussion about the project and practice.

Where: Cardinia Room, Level 8, Council House 2, 240 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
When: Monday 16 April, 6.30 to 9.30pm
How Much: Free, but RSVP essential here.

Session 3: Dr.Grant

In session 3, participants will be asked to bring in their application drafts to work on together. This will be a no shamejob space to apply and consolidate the learnings that has been achieved over the previous 2 sessions and to get real feedback and to work together to help participants get on track to submit on deadline.

Where: Cardinia Room, Level 8, Council House 2, 240 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
When: Monday 23 April, 6.30 to 9.30pm
How Much: Free, but RSVP essential here.

About the facilitator:

Erica McCalman, who is a Ballardong Noongar woman and the Creative Producer of Next Wave, an Artists’ Development organisation and biennial festival. She has been a regular Peer Assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria and Create NSW for five years. Through her work at Next Wave, she has been able to apply her knowledge gained from being on the other side of the grant process to teach emerging artists from all disciplines how to produce and fund their most ambitious work to date.
What to bring:

All must come with notebook and writing implements, laptop and their project files accessible and ready to go. Microsoft office or equivalent is needed for timeline and budget drafting. Be ready to give the a group a less than one minute description of your work/practice at the beginning.

We strongly recommend that you attend all 3 sessions to get the most from the workshops.
Please book for all 3 sessions separately on the Eventbrite link

We also strongly recommend that you review the guidelines and the application form prior to attending this workshop.

Please note that the sessions are taking place after-hours. Our staff member Veronica Bolzon will be at the door letting attendees in from 6.15pm. If you are running late, she can be contacted on 0410 950 738. If you have access requirements, please contact Gurjit Singh on 03 9658 9370 or email gurjit.singh@melbourne.vic.gov.au

If you are unable to attend, please cancel your booking via Eventbrite or alternatively contact Gurjit Singh.

Image credit: A Call to Dance by Amrita Hepi performed at YIRRAMBOI 2017. Photo Bryony Jackson

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