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FCG Session on Grant Writing

Thursday, October 12, 6 to 8:30 PM

On site at Forest City Gallery, and online via Zoom

If you wish to join this grant-writing session via Zoom, please email to access our Zoom link. Zoom attendees are encouraged to send questions in advance via the form below. One-on-one support following Carolyn's presentation will be available to on-site attendees. Book a one-on-one appointment to discuss your grant application with FCG's Director, Ruth Skinner, via our Office Hours!

Feeling overwhelmed by the grant-writing process? Can you apply for grants if you're still a student? Should you contact the grants officer before you apply for a grant? How do you create a realistic budget? Can you apply for support for a project already underway? How do you address the shortfall if a funder doesn't meet your full funding request?

A senior arts professional, Carolyn Bell Farrell has worked in public art galleries, arts service organizations and artist-run centres in Ontario, holding positions of director, curator, program coordinator and education officer. From 2007 to 2020, she was the Executive Director of the MacLaren Art Centre, the regional public art gallery serving Barrie and Simcoe County. While in Barrie, she chaired the city's Public Art Committee and Georgian College’s Fine Arts Advisory Committee. She also taught museum management at Georgian College for seven years. As a curator for both the Koffler Gallery and Oakville Galleries between 1990 and 2007, Carolyn organized over sixty exhibitions of contemporary art, and contributed as many essays for exhibition publications. In late 2021, she relocated to London, Ontario, where is writing a book on senior Canadian artist Tim Whiten to be published by the Art Canada Institute next year.

During this session on grant writing, Carolyn will share the benefits of what she has learned from forty years of experience writing grant applications and sitting on juries. This evening’s session will look at what goes into writing a successful project grant application from an individual or a collective and how applications are reviewed and evaluated, followed by a Q & A on applications in progress.

Do you have specific questions to ask Carolyn as you prepare (or think about preparing) your grant applications? Send them our way in advance of this workshop using this form!


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