Grants are a great way to get free money as you continue to chase after your creative dreams. But: is it easy to get grants? Not necessarily. However, it is essential to take advantage of the resources around you. As artists, you are in control of your life and your schedule, including the finances you’re bringing in. So, if you’re just starting out as a creator, continue reading.
The message here is, why not apply for grants to make sure you’re on top of your game? Many of these funds do not need to be paid back. It wouldn’t hurt to try, right? And again, it’s free. Funds that could potentially get you off the ground and help you make your mark in the creative world.
Nevertheless, as with any profession, especially a creative one, there will be days when you’re low on money: let that be your motivation. We are told countless times that it’s imperative to seek out a lucrative profession. I’d disagree with that statement.
You should do what you’re passionate about, as cliche as that might sound. But it’s true! Why spend your life working at something you don’t enjoy? Or even worse, why be in an environment for the sole purpose of money? Fortunately, the tide is turning and we are seeing members of Gen-Z acting unafraid to take risks and leading by example. It’s okay if you’re not sure what it is that you want to do with your life, as much as it is okay if you’re stuck and need some guidance. Being an artist is the truest form of living in society.
Below, you’ll find several upcoming resources that either might interest you, or even better, pertain to the kind of work you’re doing. Some grants will include photography, writing, and most of all, being creator.
1. Photography Funds
These awards will focus on your photography. If you’ve found that you’re losing the drive to continue doing what you love, you’re in luck! Apply as soon as possible.
2. Writing Funds
At the moment, due to a high volume of applications, they closed their portal temporarily. As a writer, I know how hard it is to find the grit to write, even if it’s not a lucrative business. Don’t give up. Push through, and hopefully this will open up.
3. Aritsts Funds
The deadline for Arts in Society and John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship is right around the corner. The deadline is as early as August 10th. Stop what you’re doing and begin finding your best work so you can submit your application on time.
All and all, good luck! You’re making the right decision.