Grant Writing Basics

Learn how to write a grant for the first time, or brush up on your grant writing knowledge.

This 2-hour session is led by Colleen Snell.


"Thank you!

...The workshop was well-crafted and structured.

It is clear that Colleen comes from years of experience. Not only did she thoroughly breakdown the process of writing a grant (including tips and how to approach each section), but she offered personal examples throughout from her many successful projects." 

- Grant Writing workshop participant

About the Class
Put your kettle on and sharpen your pencil! 


Whether you are writing a grant for the first time, or looking to brush up your grant writing knowledge, this 2-hour session is for you. Led by Frog in Hand's Artistic Director, Colleen Snell, this session will cover a wide variety of topics:

  • Anatomy of a grant (a basic universal grant structure: OAC, CCA & others)

  • Crafting language for a jury

  • Representing artistic ideas in writing

  • Where (and how) to start the grant process

  • Reframing "success" (managing failure)

  • Tips for editing

We will explore together, have time for questions and have fun along the way. We will focus our work on approaches to a project grant. Frog in Hand's Artistic Director, Colleen Snell will lead this workshop.

Colleen brings over eight years of grant writing experience, having written successful grants for the Canada Council of the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, City of Mississauga, Government of Canada, various foundations, for Frog in Hand and on behalf of other arts organizations. She has also been "on the other side," on juries assessing the submissions of her peers. Colleen has organized multi-arts festivals and large-scale site-specific projects with multiple funding sources, and has experience with both project and operating grants. Colleen is a passionate grant writer and enthusiast of the English language, approaching her process with a sense of playfulness and urgency. She believes in the power of words, and is excited to help other folks discover this power in themselves!

This class is $40, subsidized by Frog in Hand. 

Our workshops on November 15th 2020, January 17th 2021, and April 18th 2021 were sold-out successes with extended spots! We met wonderful folks with great questions and passion for the arts. We just had a session this Fall, perfect timing for important upcoming grants! If you would like to join us next time, sign up on our Eventbrite to be in the know of the next workshop. We are also developing grant writing clinics, where you can bring a grant in process and get feedback on it. Stay in touch on our mailing list and social media to learn more when it's announced!

Please contact us if you have any questions about the class!