Freelance Grant Writing
The Mini Microcinema
In January 2019, I was hired as freelance grant writer for the independent cinema and arts nonprofit organization, The Mini Microcinema, formerly located on Main Street in Over-The-Rhine, Cincinnati. I composed Letters of Inquiry (LOIs), completed grant applications to procure funding from notable businesses and organizations in the city such as Proctor & Gamble and Fifth Third, and wrote grant evaluations for previously received grants from organizations such as the Ohio Arts Council.
I worked closely and met regularly with founder and director C. Jacqueline Wood to help develop the Mini's value and mission statements, summarize programming, examine budgets and demographics served, create measurables, and log relevant data in Excel spreadsheets. Beyond grant writing, I assisted the core administrative team with coordinating private and public events, film curation, programming, marketing, and maintenance of the space. Additionally, I attended sponsored grant writing workshops, screenings, and film festivals as a representative of the Mini Microcinema. See our press mention in CityBeat about the Mini's closing.
Example of a mission statement used to apply for Greater Cincinnati Headquarters Grant:
Relevant Workshops & Experience
People's Liberty Grant Writing Workshop Series
As a representative of The Mini Microcinema, I attended a three-part grant writing workshop series to which only People's Liberty grantees were able to attend during the summer of 2019. We discussed the building and shaping of a nonprofit's mission statement and objectives, the formation of administrative teams and financial plans, and how to create fruitful partnerships with stakeholders and analyze their effectiveness. The workshops were facilitated and all materials were created by One Source Center for Nonprofit Excellence.
Cincinnati Public Library Workshop
In August of 2018, I attended a three-part grant writing workshop at the Cincinnati Public Library held by Grants Resource Librarian Kent Mulcahy. This workshop series detailed the steps that nonprofit organizations (specifically those with 501(c)3 status) can take to find and write grants to receive funding for their endeavors, particularly in the Cincinnati metropolitan area. We discussed concepts such as:
- The foundations of proposal writing and the language necessary to outline project goals and objectives, usage of funds, and measurable indicators of success.
- The motivations of various types of funders such as independent donors, private foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities.
- How to appeal to each of these types of funders' specific needs.
- The process of finding grants in the Cincinnati area using the Foundation Directory Online, www.Grantspace.org, and other library resources.
As a volunteer in the fall of 2018, I assisted a team in writing two grants for the non-profit organization Transformations CDC, an organization that helps provide basic needs, legal assistance, and paths to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. I worked with program director Nancy Sullivan.