How to apply for art project grants

Course description

Are you looking to apply for an art grant? If so, this course is for you! To deepen our understanding of what makes an application for a grant successful, we spoke with jury members, funders, artists and curators. Based on our findings from these discussions we developed this course. It is organized as a step-by-step-guide which will give you all the tools you need to build a strong application for a grant.

What you will learn

  • How to write a strong project description
  • What are the key questions that the project description should answer
  • How to choose the right grants and increase your chances
  • How the jury review process works
  • How the jury selects the projects
  • How to draft a clear budget plan and build a project timeline
  • How to visually present your project
  • How to make the layout of your application stand out


  • 39-minutes video course in 17 chapters
  • Audio in English
  • Subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
  • Unlimited access to your online course
  • For artists of all levels

Course plan (scroll down)

17 Chapters - 39 min

1. What are grants and why you should apply for them?

2. Positive aspects of applying

3. How to choose the right grants and increase your chances

4. Are you eligible to apply?

5. Understanding the funders’ goals

6. Understanding the jury review process

7. What are the required application documents?

8. How to write a project description

8.1. Length

8.2. Questions about your project

8.3. Structure

8.4. Editing

8.5. Flow of your text

8.6. Testing your project description

9. Project timeline

10. Budget plan

11. Letter of support

12. Work samples

13. Project simulations

14. Layout

15. Corrections

16. Feedback

17. Final notes

About your tutor

Jordie Oetken is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her work employs scale, lighting, and strategies of containment to maintain a continuous tension, asking the viewer to oscillate between their desire for clarification and the ambiguous narrative power of the image.

Oetken’s work has recently been exhibited at No Moon LA, Praz-Delavallade, and Tiger Strikes Astroid Los Angeles. She has instructed at the UCLA Summer Art Institute, the CalArts CSSA program, and assisted in the instruction of various advanced photography and theory courses at UCLA. Oetken has held residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, MacDowell, Lighthouse Works, Vermont Studio Center, and the Yale/Norfolk School of Art.

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Bundle of Four Online Courses:

  • How to apply for art residencies
  • How to write an artist statement
  • How to apply for art project grants
  • How to make an art portfolio