6 Grant Questions and How to Answer Them


By: Sarah Marczynski

The trees are blooming, the flowers blossoming, computer mouses clicking away, and frenzied administrators wandering around quoting narratives and outcome data: Grant writing season is upon us!  In truth, it’s probably always grant writing season, but with several large grant opportunities coming due soon, it seems to be at the height.

No matter how hard you stare at the blank application repeating “How will we define success?”, that question won’t magically answer itself.  Fortunately, Amanda Keating, a program associate at Fractured Atlas wrote in an April, 2015 blog post about six commonly asked questions and how to answer them.

She offers tips and suggestions for completing:

  1. How will grant funds be used?
  2. How will you define success?
  3. Who are the key collaborators?
  4. What will you do if you don’t receive full funding?
  5. The often tricky budget narrative
  6. How will your work help further the mission of the foundation?

Hopefully, using her tips, all your grants will be funded! Happy Grant Writing Season!


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Sarah Marczynski
Sarah joined the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera in 2010 working with the Marketing and Development staffs and quickly became interested in community engagement and education. She holds a Master’s of Public Administration focusing in Nonprofit Arts Management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where her capstone and other work under Dr. Christopher Horne examined attendance patterns in high-art cultural institutions and network relationships between local arts agencies and cultural partners. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Vocal Music Education from UTC, where she studied under Dr. Kevin Ford and Ron Ulen. Sarah has been active in the Chattanooga arts community, serving as the founding chair of the Chattanooga Young Artistic Network (CYAN), graduating from the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, and working with the Chattanooga Boys Choir, the Choral Arts Society, the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Chattanooga Bach Choir. Outside of the arts world, Sarah pretends to be an excellent cook (but she's broken 2 ovens), reads Jane Austen novels, and watches way too much House of Cards.
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