How and When a Museum Should Hire a Grant Specialist

“Taking grant writing workshops, attending funding agency webinars, and reading grant writing tips can be incredibly helpful, but sometimes you need a little extra help from a grant specialist. A grant specialist is not just a grant writer, they’re an expert in leading a museum though the entire grant acquisition process.”

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How to Find the Best Museum Grant Funding Opportunity

“One of the hardest aspects of the grant acquisition process is finding appropriate funding opportunities that match the museum’s proposed project. Many facets of the grant acquisition process can be taught and replicated, but conducting grant prospect research is an area that will change each time a new project needs funding.”

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Identifying Museum Funding Roadblocks

“If your museum isn’t applying for grants or hasn’t been successful with previous applications, you need to understand why in order to circumnavigate the roadblock. This is a necessary first step before any grant work can begin. Self-reflection, outside assessment, and solicited expertise are employed whenever a personal or professional roadblock comes up—and the same applies here. It’s time to unblock your writer’s block and get back (or jump in) to grant writing.”

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Ready to Read: A Survivor’s Guide to Museum Grant Writing

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I’m pleased to announce that my new book, A Survivor’s Guide to Museum Grant Writing, is available for free download, courtesy of Lucidea Press! The book was written with museums, archives, and heritage institutions in mind and will show you how to develop a strategic approach to grant writing that increases your chance of grant acquisition success.

The book includes such topics as seeing each grant application as an opportunity, how to construct a competitive grant project idea, tips and tricks for a bulletproof proposal, where to find appropriate grant opportunities, and learning and moving on from inevitable failures. The goal of the book is to offer a common sense approach that builds the necessary skills to survive the grant writing process and thrive within it.

Chapters are:

  • Identifying Funding Roadblocks
  • How Not to Apply for Grants
  • Top Ideas for Funding
  • Working Museum Problems to Find a Funding Solution
  • Constructing a Project by Breaking it Down
  • Define Project Success & Measure It
  • How to Find the Best Funding Opportunity
  • Create a Bulletproof Proposal
  • Grant Pitfalls – Know and Avoid Them
  • What Happens if You Fail?
  • When & How to Engage a Grant Specialist
  • Resources: Exercises & Templates

I hope it will inspire you as you set your own grant writing strategy, and that you find the book relevant, with pragmatic advice and insights drawn from my career as a museum and archives professional. The print version is available for purchase at Amazon.com, but for the moment you can get a free PDF copy in advance, courtesy of Lucidea, here.