Grant Writing


grant-writingWorking as a state and local partner with the California Arts Council, Arts Connection supports increased grant submissions for the more than 15 grant programs offered annually by this state agency. Arts Connection offers grant writing workshops and individual assistance for artists and organizations who intend on submitting applications and continues to see greater involvement and funding resources sent to the area as a result.

Every fall we offer a grant writing 101 seminar. Check back for dates in 2021. We are working on smaller regional sessions in 2021 to work directly with local artists and organizations. If you’d like us to host a class in your area, please contact the office.

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Looking to apply for a grant with a non-profit status eligibility requirement? Arts Connection offers fiscal sponsorship for grant projects. Visit our Fiscal Sponsorship page to learn more.

Arts Connection members receive one free project or grant consultation. Become a member today to receive this benefit.

Upcoming Events

With this intimate group dive into a CA Arts Council grant program of your choice and get custom support to improve application success.

A no jargon conversation about grant writing with nonprofit consultant Cheryl Bookout, focused on the CA Arts Council Grant Programs, this 1 ½ hour workshop will include pre and post session individual work to help you and your organization navigate the CA Arts Council grant programs – the application process and platform. Open to both first-time applicants and experienced grantees, this conversation will give you tips on how to develop your own voice for clear and compelling grant writing, budget development, a more efficient application process and successful applications.

The cohort of organizations will get customized support and follow up with Arts Connection’s Executive Director, Jennifer Kane.

More about our conversation guide and non-profit consultant:

Cheryl Bookout has twenty years of experience as a nonprofit consultant, arts administrator, grant writer and five years as a filmmaker. She is included in the California Women Artist Project archived at the University of Southern California and Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, a project organized by Gloria Orenstein, Professor of Women in Literature and Art at USC.

Bookout has a long list of grant awards she has secured on behalf of her clients to help them bring their visions to reality. Grant awards include the Annenberg Foundation, California Arts Council, California Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, J. Paul Getty Trust; far too many to list here.

One of the many hats Cheryl wears is Executive Director and Co-founder of The Chimaera Project, a nonprofit organization that advocates for filmmakers identifying as female. As an independent filmmaker Bookout has produces two award-winning short films: Gloria’s Call, which recently contracted with a distributor, and I Am Be. She is currently directing Inside the Beauty Bubble, a short documentary film based in Joshua Tree, CA; producing a feature-length documentary, Acting Like Women: Performance Art and the Woman’s Building and preparing to shoot a proof of concept based on a sci-fi screenplay she wrote. IMDb

Bookout has been a guest on numerous panel discussion throughout the U.S. on the topics of art, grant writing and filmmaking. Her first international guest speaker experience was in October 2019 in Paris, France at the Paris International Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival.