How and When a Museum Should Hire a Grant Specialist

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 12/19/2018

Taking grant writing workshops, attending funding agency webinars, and reading grant writing tips can be incredibly helpful, but sometimes you need a little extra help from a grant specialist. A grant specialist is not just a grant writer, they’re an expert in leading a museum though the entire grant acquisition process.

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Topics: Museums, Strategy, Funding

How to Find the Best Museum Grant Funding Opportunity

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 12/12/2018

One of the hardest aspects of the grant acquisition process is finding appropriate funding opportunities that match the museum’s proposed project. Many facets of the grant acquisition process can be taught and replicated, but conducting grant prospect research is an area that will change each time a new project needs funding.

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Topics: Museums, Funding, Strategy

Identifying Museum Funding Roadblocks

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 12/5/2018

If your museum isn’t applying for grants or hasn’t been successful with previous applications, you need to understand why in order to circumnavigate the roadblock. This is a necessary first step before any grant work can begin. Self-reflection, outside assessment, and solicited expertise are employed whenever a personal or professional roadblock comes up—and the same applies here. It’s time to unblock your writer’s block and get back (or jump in) to grant writing.

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Topics: Museums, Funding, Strategy, Professional Development

Ready to Read: A Survivor’s Guide to Museum Grant Writing

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 10/31/2018

I’m pleased to announce that my new book, A Survivor’s Guide to Museum Grant Writing, is now available. Published by Lucidea Press, it will show you how to develop a successful approach to grant writing that increases your chance of grant acquisition success.

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Topics: Museums, Funding, Strategy

Working Your Museum’s Problems to Find Solutions

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 8/8/2018

Museums know they need money, but they’re often so overwhelmed they can’t put ideas on paper. While it may seem counter-intuitive to focus on your problems, this is exactly what I recommend to museums.

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Topics: Museums, Strategy, Funding

Museum Grant Application: What Happens if You Fail?

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 8/1/2018

Failing to win a grant your museum applied for can feel very personal. It’s natural to have feelings of sadness and frustration, and wonder what went wrong. This is a post to help you move past the rejection letter and use failure to strengthen future applications.

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Topics: Museums, Funding

Museums with Zero Funding—Stop Saying These 4 Phrases

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 7/18/2018

With few exceptions museums rely on grant funding to supplement their annual budget. While it’s recommended a museum cultivate a stream of income that supports its yearly activities, most museums can only afford to keep the lights on and maintain a spartan staff.

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Topics: Museums, Funding, Strategy

8 Tips to a Bulletproof Grant Proposal

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 5/9/2018

Grant writing can be a complicated and intensive process. Each grant application will have a different emphasis and process to follow, and if you’re new to grant writing, it can be intimidating. While all grants are different, there are aspects that remain the same. From the dozens of grants I’ve written, read, and edited, I’ve compiled the top 8 tips to a bulletproof proposal.

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Topics: Museums, Funding

Museum Grant Pitfalls—Know & Avoid Them

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 4/25/2018

Through working with granting agencies, providing grant reviews, and writing grants with museums and archives, I’ve seen a specific set of mistakes museum professionals make all the time. I’ve even made some of them myself. I want museums to be stronger applicants and am here to share the most common museum grant pitfalls to know and avoid.

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Topics: Museums, Funding

Top 4 Funding Ideas for Museums

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 4/18/2018

In my work as a museum, library, and archives consultant, I’ve had a great amount of exposure to the fundraising world. Money is so often needed in order to meet museum missions, and grants are often a popular way to secure funding. Through my role as a grant writer and reviewer, I’ve decoded the top four museum funding ideas that are often well received by granting agencies.

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Topics: Museums, Funding

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