What freebie pitching/grant writing/proposal writing courses can do for you
Here’s how freebies can really beef up your pitching process! They:
Give you overviews and introductory info. For example, if you watch a 90-minute webinar like this one, you will get ideas and it will generate questions about three aspects of writing an arts grant including finding funders, getting fiscal sponsorship (good to know and a process in and of itself), and general information.
Take a look at: Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts Webinar
Give you some basic terminology and ways of thinking like this freebie where they give an overview of the basic elements of a proposal, “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal, and how to follow up whether the answer is yes or no. Again, all good info: go get it!
Take a look at: Introduction to Proposal Writing
Writing a pitch can be specific to the genre and the funder, as well as having to be written in a specific form. Important to know. Again, you can find great resources to understand what a genre or funder needs. In fact, using these freebies as research can be a series of stepping stones, which along with actually jumping in and pitching, writing grants and proposals and sending them out, getting feedback and continuing to move forward over time could serve you and your specific purpose really well.
Take a look at: How to Write a Pitch in 8 Essential Steps
Here’s what they do best! They:
- promote cheerfulness! This is a good thing. They often tell you can learn this and learn it quick. Encouragement is great, in fact, the more encouragement you can get, the merrier. So go get cheered on and cheered up as much as possible.
- provide introductory overviews so you know where you are headed — a lay of the land
- talk about all of the elements of a grant, proposal, or pitch, sometimes specific to your genre
- show you elements of a budget
- speak in lingo specific to your art form or idea
- tell you anecdotal stories about others like you to let you know you’re not alone
- come in the form of books or pdfs, which are excellent resources from skilled pitch writers
- give you categories of types of funders, which is a great research starter
- information specific to a funding agency, also great if you are applying to that agency or one like them
- experience from other artists and creatives, definitely read from the benefit of the experiences of others
- offer handy checklists
- give you design templates
And you may find:
- more resources for tech, science or education proposal writing, which can be an asset if your vision may connect with these fields
- more resources for non-profit organizations, so if you can or are working through a non-profit, either as a collaborator or through a fiscal sponsor, together you may find these resources particularly helpful
- separate information for different aspects of the pitch, especially separating the budget from the writing process, so if you want to learn one aspect now and other later, or if you work better keeping elements separate this is a great route for you — also just a great way to see what people are doing and how
Basically, you can find a lot of information out there, which you can use to strengthen your pitch.
Happy researching! Get your ideas out there in front of folks who can help you realize them. Who knows what kind of positive impact you can have through your creative vision!
And when you’re ready to write your pitch from beginning budgeting, through a creativity- and relationship-based approach, to a finished pitch including a budget and story that communicates your creative vision, check out my course: