Let’s face it how much easier would your writing life be if you were able to secure a grant? Whether it be for attending a writing conference or festival or allowing you to engage the services of a mentor.
Perhaps you are looking to study your craft abroad.
One thing is for sure; if you are the lucky recipient of a grant it, will enrich your life and provide you with opportunities many dream of.
There are a variety of funding resources available through organisations and associations for authors and illustrators.
Depending on what stage of your career you are at will depend on which grant will best suit you.
Before you put pen to paper you need to ask yourself the following:
Why do you want a grant?
You will need to have a project in mind. Don’t waste the assessor’s time. Unless you can be specific and show, you have a clear direction your application won’t stand on its own.
Are you at the right stage of your career to apply?
Applying for a grant is not recommended to those just starting out. Assessors or judges will look for a history. You need to have earned credentials and experience within the industry. This does not mean already having numerous books published it can be as simple as winning a few competitions. Any organisation awarding you a grant will want to know you are serious. Having a history of achievement no matter how big, or small shows your commitment.
Have you done your research?
Make sure you have done your homework. Yes, it can be time consuming trying to find the right grant for you but in the long run it will be worth it. Research shows and also shows you have a clear direction of what you want to achieve. Ensure your budget figures are realistic. Remember you are not the only one applying for that grant your application needs to dazzle them. Letters of recommendation from respected professionals within your industry can help but are not essential.
Have you followed guidelines?
Just like submitting to publishers, submitting your grant application is just as important. You need to ensure you ALWAYS follow the guidelines to the letter. Any deviation could result in your application being thrown in the bin. Arghhh!
Be prepared to complete more paperwork when you secure that grant. The awarding organisation or association will want to know how the money was spent at the end of your grant period.
As I said, you need to ensure you are at the right place to apply for a grant. They are time-consuming and can be hair-pulingly frustrating but so worth it when you receive that call.
I was awarded a partial grant with SCBWI Australia in 2014 but have applied for many many others.
Interview with Zoe Rodriguez
We recently chatted with Zoe Rodriguez and asked her about the grants available from the Copyright Agency.
Zoe is a lawyer and has been with the Copyright Agency for over ten years. She manages the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and author member relations. Zoe regularly speaks at public events about the Fund and the benefits to successful applicants.
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