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2017 Grantwriting Services




A video recording of a more condensed version of the class curriculum webinar is available for $75 for anyone interested in a more general overview.  This package covers the same information as the full class, in a slightly more abbreviated form.  It does not include the Q&A sessions or personalized follow-up.  Videos are available to stream online (no software is required) and will be made available after the end of the session.

If you've ever wanted to learn the business of grantwriting, this basic introductory course will take you through the process step by step!  From basic application do's and don'ts, to an overview of what info you should have on hand to make writing grants a snap, to a breakdown of the most common reasons grants are declined, this series of three one-hour online classes will help you master all the basics and take the intimidation factor out of writing grants forever.  Aimed at beginners, those with less than a year's experience writing grants, people from very small nonprofit organizations, or anyone looking for a refresher on the basics of grantwriting.



(CLOSED; check back later this summer for new dates!)

How to Talk About Yourself: A Grant & Proposal-Writing Workshop for Artists    


Monday, July 10 at 7-8:30 p.m.

Whether you’re writing your first grant, applying for fellowships, or crafting an artists’ statement, this 90-minute online class is designed to help individual artists learn how to communicate about yourself, your work, and your artistic vision in clear, strong language.  We’ll talk about elevator pitches, how to brag about yourself effectively, common pitfalls artists face when applying for funding and how to avoid them.  Claire is a grantwriter with 12+ years’ experience in the performing arts, but she is also a working playwright who has successfully funded her own creative work, and she promises it’s not as intimidating as you think.

Open to individual artists and creatives in any field.  This workshop does not cover research into specific funding opportunities and is intended as general skill-building.  This is a single class consisting of a 60-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A; questions about particular funders or how to research potential avenues for artist funding are welcome during this time.  Minimum class size: 4.  Maximum class size: 20.  Registration and payment for due 4/1 for April class, 7/1 for July class.

Private Coaching


dates to be selected by mutual agreement

Needing a little more personalized help?  Trying to put together a fundraising plan for a huge new program or get a major grant out the door?  Just starting out in the grantwriting field and looking for more hands-on training?  Private coaching sessions might be the right fit for you!  Three one-on-one sessions, online or by phone, with three additional hours of my time that can be used however you like, whether helping you research new funders, review and edit your grant narrative, or help you put together a fundraising plan.

Open to 501c3 nonprofits in any field.  Three one-hour sessions to be scheduled at mutual availability, along with one additional hour per week for other services as needed.  Specific topic or areas of assistance to be selected by client. Registration and payment due 2 weeks prior to anticipated first date of session; if you are seeking assistance with a specific grant on deadline, please plan accordingly.

freelance grantwriting services

$75 per hour

If you are interested in contracting me for freelance grantwriting services, please feel free to contact me directly at!


Classes are conducted online via live webinar, with recordings of each made available if you need to miss a session for any reason.  They will be both visual- and audio-based; if this presents an accessibility challenge due to vision or hearing impairment, please contact me via email so that we can discuss ways to make this material accessible to you.  Availability is limited and offered on a first-come, first served basis; registration and payment are due in advance to secure your place.  Cancellation with a full refund up to one week before first class session; no refund available for cancellation with less than one week's notice.  General structure includes a 45-minute presentation with 15 minutes of Q&A at the end for the first two sessions, and a full 60-minute Q&A for the third session.  All topics and questions welcome.