Grantwriting Services


Grantwriting and Editing

Writing grants and proposals for funding or residencies is challenging. Writing successful proposals is a mix of art and science – and can help you grow your career. Funders require very specific elements in particular formats including project narratives, budgets and supporting documentation. Not adhering to their guidelines means your proposal won’t even be reviewed. I’ve got a track record of writing successful proposals for funding and residencies for 20 years. I’ve written multiple successful MCACA and foundation grants and residency proposals including being funded by the Puffin Foundation and Puffin Foundation West, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, Loomis Chaffee School and the Arctic Circle. I crowdfunded residencies to the Arctic and the Eclipse Icefield with a group of climate scientists.

I’ve served on the board of several arts non-profits and been a grant reviewer so I have read many people’s grants and know what to do and to avoid to make a strong proposal. I have an MFA in interdisciplinary art with a strong component of training in writing proposals and project planning. Let me help you make stronger proposals and increase your chances of making your projects happen.

I'm an entrepreneur in residence at Washtenaw Community College - you can book a free session with me to talk about grants for your creative projects. I'll be giving a grantwriting overview workshop on November 30th at 6:30pm over zoom - watch this space for registration information.

Contact me at las @ lesliesobel.com (without the spaces)


Services offered

Research
Have you got an idea but aren’t sure how to make it happen? I can help you find appropriate sources of funding

Grantwriting
Writing compelling proposals needs a certain mix of storytelling and specifically fulfilling the funder’s requirements in a tight word count.

Editing Want help tightening up your own proposal? I can help you make a more succinct and compelling document.

Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding has become a huge part of how people raise money for all sorts of projects. I can help you choose the best platform for your project, organize and run your campaign.

How does this work? I’m happy to have a first conversation with you over Zoom, Google Meet or the phone at no charge to get a sense of your project. After that I work on an hourly rate.

Some resources for grant seekers.

Americans for the Arts

NYFA

Fractured Atlas

The Foundation Center + Guidestar = Candid

Federal Government

National Endowment for the Arts

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Creative Washtenaw - formerly Arts Alliance - local SE Michigan regrantor for MCACA

Residencies

Alliance of Artists Communities

Res Artis