8 Tips to Get a NYFA Arts Grant

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Eight tips to win a New York State Foundation for the Arts grant for fine art photography, painting, video

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8 Tips to Get a NYFA Arts Grant

  1. 1. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Plan Weeks in Advance• Review All the Grant Requirements• Look at NYFA Winners and Jurors from LastTime• Check-Out Other Grant Information• Draft A Photography Statement• Size and Prepare Images• Curate and Select the Images• Complete the Application8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  2. 2. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Fine art photography grants are extremelylimited.• The few that remain are very competitive.• One remaining option is theNew York Foundation for the Arts/NYFA• Only for New York State based artists.8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  3. 3. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Plan Weeks in Advance– Planning ahead is key.– Waiting to the last minute can make theprocess more difficult.– Plan at least four to eight weeks in advance.– Allow enough time to organize photographs,think about the work statement, and othertasks.8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  4. 4. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Plan Weeks in Advance– If the photographs have been edited, thesubmission process might take 2 and 5 hours.– If not, the application could take several daysto prepare and submit.– Join the NYFA mailing list to be reminded ofthe deadlines.8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  5. 5. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Review All the Grant Requirements– Reviewing all the grant requirements forNYFA.– Its the crucial first step to a successfulapplication.8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  6. 6. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Review All the Grant Requirements– Any grant organization look for ways toimmediately reject an application.– Spend an hour or so first reading everythingon the grant before starting.8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  7. 7. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Review All the Grant Requirements– Check the deadline.– For photography, the last time to submitan application is January 14, 11:59pm,2013.8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  8. 8. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Review All the Grant Requirements– Avoid forgetting important due dates.– Enter the NYFA deadline and other grants in acalendar program such as Outlook.– Check for grant deadlines every week.8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  9. 9. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Review All the Grant Requirements– Read all the documentation.• Resident of New York State• Are over 25• Have not won a NYFA grant recently.8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  10. 10. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Look at NYFA Winners and Jurors fromLast Time– It can be very useful to review previous grantwinners and jurors.8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  11. 11. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Look at NYFA Winners and Jurors fromLast Time– Its helpful to understand more about whatNYFA is looking for.– Some of the winners and jurors might even befamiliar or an old teacher or fellow artist.– View on the NFYA web site.8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  12. 12. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Check-Out Other Grant Information– “Application How To Videos”– NYFA “Artist’ Fellowship Application Tutorial”8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  13. 13. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Check-Out Other Grant Information– NYFA stresses that the award is based solelyon the work sample submitted– Not based on a specific project.8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  14. 14. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Draft A Photography Statement– Use descriptive language that is jargon-free.– Keep a standard artist statement on file.– Modify it for each grant to save time.– Writing a statement or proposal from scratchfor each application can be very timeconsuming.8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  15. 15. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Size and Prepare Images– Images must be saved as a JPG format.– Each image cannot be larger 1240 by x 1240pixels.– DPI must be 72.– File names cannot have punctuation, symbolsor spaces.8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  16. 16. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Curate and Select the Images– Images are viewed four at a time.– Curating or ordering the images are animportant.– Perhaps place the strongest work first.8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  17. 17. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Curate and Select the Images  – Present a very cohesive body of work.– Submit work that best represents an originalphotographic vision.8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  18. 18. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Complete the Application– Carefully follow all instructions.– Review each image after uploaded and fill outthe all the required fields such as Title,Medium, Date, Size.8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant
  19. 19. Steve GiovincoFine artwww.stevegiovinco.cominfo@stevegiovinco• Complete the Application– Once complete, review again.– Make sure there are no errors.– Remember: jurors are looking at manythousands of images.– Good luck!8 Tips for Photographers: NYFA Grant

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