California Arts Council

State of California

Grant Writing Tips

TIP 1: Read the grant program guidelines thoroughly and familiarize yourself with our grant application system, www.calartscouncil.smartsimple.com.

TIP 2: Be specific and be clear. Successful proposals align with grant program requirements and goals; are tailored to a specific, clearly identified community; and are thoroughly developed.

TIP 3: Align your request narrative and your budget, and make sure your budget fulfills any matching fund requirements, if applicable.

TIP 4: Balance ambition and practicality with projects that fit the scale and scope of your organization.

TIP 5: Balance jargon and readability. Make sure to define terms clearly that may be unfamiliar to proposal reviewers.

TIP 6: Check spelling and grammar, and be sure to proofread!

TIP 7: Allow enough time to acquire signed letters of support, compile work samples, and complete the DataArts Profile and Funder Report accurately.

TIP 8: Know that we want you to succeed! Contact us after you’ve read the program guidelines.