The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing transforms readers from starving artists into working artists who confidently tap into all the resources at their disposal.

I wrote The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing, now in its sixth printing, so that every second you spend writing a grant proposal pushes your art further into the world. Published in 2010 by Watson-Guptill, a division of Random House, the book is targeted at professional and aspiring literary, visual and performing artists. Written in a down-to-earth style, the book provides concrete information about how to write winning grant applications and fundraise creatively so that you can finance your artistic dreams.

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What readers Are saying

This book is a terrific resource—it is VERY practical, stresses the importance of audience awareness in writing, full of down-to-earth suggestions, easy to read, and it is cross-disciplinary, which suits the wide range of majors I encounter in my university course - so thanks. I vetted (and continue to review) many books on writing for artists and keep coming back to yours.
— Stacy Glen Tibbetts, Lecturer in English, The Pennsylvania State University
In the three years since reading The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing I have received a $1,200 grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, an $800 scholarship to attend an Anderson Ranch workshop, a $350 grant from the College Book Arts Association, and completed a successful fiscally-sponsored Indiegogo campaign raising $13,000 in one month!
— Lucy Holtsnider,
Two months after reading Gigi’s book, I was nominated for a second time for the $30,000 Edes Prize. Gigi’s guidance helped me map out my artistic journey and articulate that story. Yesterday I found out I had been awarded the prize! I’ll be spending next year in Italy studying shadow puppetry with masters, attending shadow puppet festivals and sharpening my own craft.
— Karly Bergmann, theater artist
This book is wonderful. Personal, sympathetic, practical, encouraging.
— Ellen Thomas, Education Director, NW Film Center
I LOVE this book! From the first sentence of the preface, I was grabbed like the very best of memoirs. Enchanted. In love with the author. Wanting to know everything she has to tell me. This is going to be a life- and career-changing book for me.
— Sage Cohen, author, entrepreneur & divorce guide
This book is a must for anyone considering a grant. I’ve already dog-eared mine. It not only teaches you how to seek, write and execute a grant, but it helps you believe in yourself as a deserving artist. (See Hope’s longer review below.)
— C. Hope Clark,
The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing has everything one needs to know, with easy step-by-step directions, for writing thorough and meaningful proposals that can win competitive grants. I would recommend it to any artist.
— Michael Royce, Executive Director, New York Foundation for the Arts
Gigi makes you believe you can do this. And she gives you the tools to get down to work.
— Alyson Stanfield,
Rosenberg takes the reader by the hand to navigate the fundraising process, demystifying many of the daunting components that line the road to funding.
— Neil Reilly, New York Foundation for the Arts Current
Rather than being a how-to book on writing grants, or listing grants, it helps writers wrap their minds around the concept of obtaining grants, down to and including budgets. This, my friends, is a bible when it comes to writers learning the grant world.

She emphasizes what I’ve told writers all along—win that first grant, no matter how small, and you’ve earned a sense of validation that carries you a long way—in your eyes, in your peers’ eyes, in other grant judges’ eyes.

I love the first chapter, Start Your Research With You. In a marvelous manner, she teaches you how to embrace grants by studying yourself. Many writers want grants, but they haven’t thought about how to justify their abilities to judges . . . and themselves.

Each chapter ends with an assignment, then tips called “Gigi’s Cheat Sheet” that take the chapter and turn it into simple concepts and mini-tasks that bring them home. This book is a must for anyone considering a grant. I’ve already dog-eared mine. It not only teaches you how to seek, write and execute a grant, but it helps you believe in yourself as a deserving artist.

This book is going on my website as a must-have resource. If I had to rate it one to five, it would rank a six.
— C. Hope Clark,