Grant Basics and Budgets for Individual Artists

Grant Basics and Budgets for Individual Artists

Tuesday, November 8, 202212 - 1PM

Zoom Video Conference

Arts Council Members: FreeNon-Members: $10

This event will feature live ASL Interpretation and captioning. 

What are the key factors to be aware of when applying for grants? How does budget formatting in grant applications assist in making your project’s vision become a reality? Grant applications are not all the same, but there are certain elements to look out for that will guide you through what grant applications are worth applying for and how to approach the application process.  

Most grants also require a project budget but creating an acceptable budget format can be a challenge. Once developed, an effective budget can be a great tool for artists to manage their project’s cost and sustainability.  

Join Mia Hooper, Director of Development and Grantmaking at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and Melanie Claxton, Senior Program Officer at the Benedum Foundation, to discuss grant basics and budgets for either an arts project or business. Melanie and Mia will share tips and techniques to help make the budgeting process more seamless and the resulting budget more useful. Participants can expect to learn:  

  • Key factors to be aware of when applying for grants 

  • Basic elements of a budget  

  • How to collect or create the information needed for a budget  

  • What to do when your budget is wrong (spoiler alert, they usually are) 

Workshop participants are entitled to a $10 discount for a one-on-one budget-building and review project with one of our expert volunteers from Business Volunteers for the Arts.

Hosted by

Mia Hooper

Mia Hooper
Director of Development and Grantmaking

Originally hailing from central Pennsylvania, Mia Hooper (she/her) joined the Arts Council in 2019 as the Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations and recently undertook all development and grantmaking programs. In this role she raised funds for a variety of special projects including the Governor’s Awards for the Arts and the Arts Council’s Restart the Arts joint marketing campaign, in addition to raising funds for ongoing programs and operating costs. Prior to joining the Arts Council, Mia spent 5 years at Attack Theatre as their Finance and Development Coordinator.

Melanie Claxton

Melanie Claxton, a Black woman with a straight, bobbed hairstyle and thick black glasses.

Melanie Claxton became Senior Program Officer of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation in June of 2021 and oversees the Foundation’s grants programs in education. She is currently Co-Chair Elect of the Pennsylvania School-Age Child Care Alliance (PENN SACCA), a committee member of the Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST) Executive Committee, a grant-making committee member of the Three Rivers Community Foundation, and a co‑founder of Benevine.


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