Arts Broker - Arts NT
First up you need to give yourself time to gather information and advice about the grants offered through the Northern Territory Arts Grants Program and find out exactly what you need to supply with your application.
Read the Northern Territory Arts Grants Guidelines, talk with an Arts Broker about your project eligibility and what category it fits into. Arts Brokers are open for advice at any point during the year to talk about grant funding opportunities, including professional development.
But besides speaking to Arts NT it can also be helpful to seek out other musicians or artists who have successfully applied for grants across any art form, and see if they have any hints they can pass on to benefit your application.
You need to have a clear plan to achieve your project idea, with a strong focus on the part of your project that you seek funding for. A realistic plan should include clear and succinct language, a realistic and balanced budget, and an achievable timeline.
Arts NT suggests that you focus on just one project or one step in your artistic career. Arts Brokers can help you to select the right grant category to apply for and assist you in refining your budget to support your application. Quotes are evidence of your calculations and show the assessment panel that everything has been well considered and researched.
Quality support material, which you need to provide with your application, should include artist resumes (CV’s), participation forms as well as high quality images and recordings that represent your work in the best possible way. Letters of support from different arts organisations, groups or individuals involved in your project who add value to your project can also be effective.
When writing your application, don’t assume that the assessment panel knows your practice and past achievements. Arts Grants Assessment Panels have the responsibility to ensure that the funding is spread across the Territory and is benefitting a range of regions, communities and art forms.
The members of the assessment panel are industry professionals who have a strong understanding of arts projects across the Territory, experience in writing grant applications and managing projects.
Arts NT recommends that before submitting the application online, you need to make sure that you’ve answered all questions clearly. It may also be a good idea to get someone to proof read your application to ensure that you don’t use any insider terms.