Grant Writing Workshop

Funding is the most challenging fact of life for most of the smaller – and a number of the larger – arts organizations represented on this site. Though it beats working in a factory or – egad – a corporation, a career in the arts must still pay for little luxuries like food, clothes, and a place to live.

The task of Getting The Money often falls to the organization’s executive director, or a volunteer from the board of directors. These hapless individuals are charged with soliciting dollars from virtually everyone, virtually all the time, to cover costs of bringing professional arts to an audience.

The good news is that, frequently, large wads of cash are available from foundation, corporate, and government sources in the form of grants. The bad news: the fundraising person has to write a grant application. A tax return is a day at the beach, compared with one of these babies.

Help is here. Professional Education Development Group offers a two-day grant writing workshop in Los Angeles on May 1 and 2. “Successful grant writing involves the coordination of several specific activities,” says DJ Bonner, who heads the nationally-recognized program. “We take our participants step-by-step through the process, and they become competent, professional grant writers during two very intensive days.”

Bonner’s instructors are all proven grant writing experts, with impressive grant award track records. Classes are small, to provide individual, hands-on assistance with proposals. A limited number of seats remain for this workshop. Partial scholarships are available to 501-c-3 arts organizations and individual artists.

Go to for more info/registration.

Professional Education Development is the only company of its kind to also offer workshops in Spanish.

- Penny Orloff

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