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No Jargon Grant Writing


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

This no jargon conversation about grant writing with nonprofit consultant Cheryl Bookout will focus 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 film making. Her first international guest speaker experience was in October 2019 in Paris, France at the Paris International Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival.


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