Grant Resources for Writers, Artists, and Creatives, with JD Beltran, May 6

THURSDAY, MAY 6  |  Join journalist, writer, artist, longtime arts administrator, San Francisco Arts Commissioner, and grant writing expert JD Beltran to learn the best practices of grant writing in a three and a half-hour, hands-on workshop. Beltran has experience on both sides of the equation, including landing over $1M in grant funding for her own projects and non-profit organizations over the course of her career, as well as in serving as a panelist on hundreds of grant selection award panels for many municipal and cultural agencies. Learn how to interpret grant guidelines and eligibility, write compelling narratives, curate your strongest documentation and work samples, create budgets with notes, and provide other documents to support your proposal. Also covered is how to research the best resources for grants in your field, and how to create your personalized annual grant deadline calendar.

This webinar covers multiple aspects of grant writing for writers and artists working in all disciplines with the goal of giving you confidence and a clear road map when applying for grants. We will cover the essential elements of proposal writing, including how best to describe your work, create context, and make a compelling case for funding. Open to writers, artists, arts administrators, and anyone in the creative field at all skill levels. Please bring a laptop and plan on preparing your materials for a specific grant you have in mind, as we will be crafting and critiquing grant narratives personal to your needs.

This class will meet on Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.

JD Beltran is a writer/journalist, artist, filmmaker, designer, and arts administrator whose award-winning work, executed in a multiplicity of mediums, has been published, screened and exhibited internationally. Beltran writes online columns on art and culture, including for the Huffington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle (, Visual Art Source, Fabrik Magazine, and more. Her artworks have been commissioned by and featured at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Institute, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the MIT Media Lab, and the Kitchen NYC. She also has been commissioned for public art projects worldwide, including in San Francisco, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In 2009, her public artwork in San Jose CA was awarded the Public Art Network award as one of the most outstanding public artworks in the United States. She’s achieved grants from Artadia, the Workshop Residence, San Francisco Arts Commission, Stochastic Labs, ARS Electronica, and a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Fellowship, and residencies at Skowhegan, the Pilchuck School, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Stochastic Labs, and the Lucas Artists Residency at Montalvo Arts Center. She currently serves on the boards of the Recology Artist-In-Residence Program, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and San Francisco Design Week, and formerly served on the boards of the the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, SFCamerawork and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has served as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Arts Commission since 2009, and was appointed as its president for 8 years, from 2011 to 2018. Beltran’s M.F.A. degree is from the San Francisco Art Institute and she also served as a longtime faculty there (2002-2018). She also was faculty at the California College of the Arts from 2013-2019. In 2019, Beltran launched the non-profit Center for Creative Sustainability, which cultivates and implements groundbreaking creative collaborations, projects, initiatives, and legislation towards sustainability in the arts, the environment, and our society.


Number of sessions: 1

Dates: Thursday, May 6

Time: 5:30 – 9:00pm Pacific Time

Course fee: $75

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