Grant Writing 101

Grant writing 101 poster - April 2, 10am-4pm.Presented in collaboration with Arts Nova Scotia (ArtsNS), Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS), and CBU’s Shannon School of Business, CBU Art Gallery is offering two programs back-to-back focused on grant and proposal writing for artists.

The morning will feature a free information session by Program Officer Peter Kirby on the Arts Nova Scotia grant programs, the application process and what makes a good application.

The afternoon workshop led by Katie Belcher focuses on writing a convincing project description for Arts Nova Scotia and Canada Council creation grants as well as other applications including Cape Breton’s Lumière festival. The instructor will discuss how to position yourself and your practice in a way that supports your proposal and what jury members look for when reviewing submissions. Participants are asked to bring in their partially completed applications for feedback. The workshop will not cover aspects such as CVs or artist statements, and does not guarantee success, but aims to improve grant and proposal writing skills. While there will be a focus on grant writing, this workshop is also useful for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the arts or applying to art school .Bring a notebook, writing utensils, and sample proposal or application you would like to workshop.The registration fee for this workshop is $10 and includes lunch from 12 to 1pm.

To register and reserve a spot, please contact: or 902-563-1342. Space is limited.

Instructor bios
Peter Kirby received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design. Since graduating he has worked in the Nova Scotia arts community as a practicing artist and arts administrator. Kirby was seconded to the Nova Scotia Arts Council to manage the Grants to Individuals program later serving in the same capacity in the Culture Division prior to the creation of Arts Nova Scotia.

Katie Belcher is an artist and arts administrator. Her drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her most recent solo exhibition, In time’s furrows, was drawn on site at Queen Street Studios (Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2013). She has received both provincial and federal grants, and participated in residencies in Canada and Europe—most notably the Canada Council for the Arts studio at the Cité Internationale des arts (Paris, France, 2012). In addition to her artistic practice, Belcher works as a curator and arts administrator, currently directing Eyelevel Gallery, an artist-run centre in Halifax, Canada. She is also one of four managing artists for HERMES, a newly formed artist’s co-operative. Katie Belcher is finishing her final term as Past President of the Board of Visual Arts Nova Scotia. She writes for Visual Arts News and sits on the magazine’s Editorial Committee.