2 Part Grant Writing Clinic Intensive: Creative Notebook

Antonia Schachter | February 26, 2020

Along with a muse, artists often need money. To help in that endeavor, the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is hosting two workshops on grant writing. 

Participants will learn how to submit applications to the upcoming REGI (Regional Initiative) Grant program sponsored by the Connecticut Office of the Arts and the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut

John Cusano, the former Community Development Coordinator at the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Department of Community and Economic Development, will lead the workshopsCusano has designed and managed numerous grant programs, served as a grant review panelist for regional, state and national funders, and has written many applications of his own and edited several others. 

Participants may attend one or both workshops, part of the Cultural Alliance Creative Notebook Series, but will get the full benefit by attending both. 

The seminars will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, and Tuesday, March 31, at the Cultural Alliance offices at 287 Main St., Danbury. A fee of $10 will be charged for each workshop. 

At the workshops, attendees will learn how to: 

  • Comprehend, appreciate, and be responsive to funding opportunities from the point of view of the funder, grant reviewer and grant manager 
  • Interpret and be cognizant of the significance and implications of a grant program’s review criteria 
  • Review and discuss participants prospective or previously submitted grant application (one application per attendee), inclusive of successful or unsuccessful applications for funding 

 Each participant is invited to bring documents for review during the workshop, including a key section of your grant application narrative, an example of a review criteria that describe how submissions will be evaluated, and a program overview of a grant of interest. 

Cusano is offering attendees who are also members of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut one 15-minute post-clinic grant writing consultation at no charge (through April 30) via email or telephone.