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Grant Proposal Basics: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

August 24, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: Online

For artists across all disciplines, this workshop will prepare you to put your best foot forward with funders the next time you apply for a grant. The goal is to help you gain confidence in your fundraising and proposal writing abilities by providing a solid road map to begin the process.

We’ll review the specific components of a proposal, how to convey ideas visually, and strike a balance between the big, broad brushstroke ideas and small details that make your project come alive on the page. We’ll also cover the most common mistakes made when writing grant fundraising proposals – and how to avoid them. By the end of the workshop, you should come away with a comprehensive framework for proposal writing that will give you direction and confidence going forward!

Tracie Holder


Tracie Holder is a filmmaker, consultant, producer and U.S. film funding specialist. A 2016 Sundance Creative Producers Fellow, Holder leads workshops, tutors and serves on juries at international pitching and training sessions. She is widely regarded as a “go-to” person and all-round resource for artists seeking U.S. funding having raised more than $3 million in grant funding for her own projects. Clients include: Ramallah Doc, Lisbon Docs, Firelight Media, DOC NYC, Creative Capital, Chicken & Egg, Black Public Media, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, Unions Docs, and Gotham Media, among others. Holder was a longtime consultant to Women Make Movies and served as the Development & Funding Strategist for Abby Disney’s Fork Films. She is a former board member of NY Women in Film and grant panelist for national and local funders. She co-directed/produced Joe Papp in Five Acts, (Tribeca Film Festival, PBS/ American Masters). Producing credits include Grit, (Hot Docs/POV) and The Quiet Zone, and One Person, One Vote? in production. She is currently developing The People’s Will, a documentary about the rivalry between two Shakespearean actors in NYC in 1849, that led to a riot of 15,000 people in which 22 were killed and marked the first time American troops would fire on American citizens.

Membership Discount Code: Are you a VLA Member trying to register for this class? E-mail to get your membership discount code: registrations@vlany.org.


$25 Full-Time Student (student must present proof of full-time status with registration)
$25 Artists Over Sixty
$35 Arts Professional VLA Member
$55 Arts Professional Non-Member
$85 Legal Professional VLA Member
$110 Legal Professional Non-Member
$55 Young Associate Members (YAM’s) and Associate Board Members

Please note you are not registered until full payment is received. To register by email, please contact registrations@vlany.org.

Refund Policy: All registration fees are non-refundable. Instructors are subject to change and no refunds will be given in the event that there is a substitution of the instructor.

Webinar Access: Participants will receive an email in advance with instructions to access. For more information on this program, please contact VLA at registrations@vlany.org.


August 24, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


NY United States


Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
(212) 319 - 2787
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