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Tips on Project Descriptions


How to Approach the Project Description

The Project Description is the meat of the grant application and it is the place where you convince the jury of the importance of your project. This portion of the grant is often intimidating to applicants, but it’s your time to shine.

  • Ensure that your project meets the criteria of the specific program to which you are applying. You can find criteria in the relevant program description.
  • It can be helpful to start out with a list of general points you want to cover. Don’t be afraid to start several drafts and to make notes, cross things out, save and start again.
  • For most artsnb grants, you have 350 words to work with. If possible, it’s good to use that full space. Descriptions that do not contain enough information will not be strong in competition, so avoid writing a description that is too short.
  • If you’re finding it difficult to fit your thoughts into only 350 words, write a longer version first and then look for filler words, sentences and inessential information that you can cut out while maintaining the overall flow of your description.
  • Be specific, concise and use precise language. Explain the what, the how and the why. Make sure that your idea is fully developed and avoid vague generalities. This is not the place to wax poetic, as you don’t want to cloud your idea with confusing language or grammar.
  • Show your description to a peer who is unfamiliar with your project. Do they have a clear idea of what you are planning to do from only reading the description? You can also send descriptions to our Program Officer for feedback.
  • Proof-read and review all information for accuracy. Errors can be seen as carelessness and reduce credibility.
  • Pay special attention to your first and final sentence. These sentences frame your proposal. Do you open and finish with strong, clear points?
  • When you submit your application online, we suggest uploading a Word or PDF file instead of typing directly into the text box. That way, you will be able to format your description with paragraphs, bold and italic characters, etc. Don’t forget that the main goal of the project description is to convince the jury. An easy to read layout will be a helpful asset.
  • Remember that the first person who needs to believe in your project is YOU. To convince a jury of the importance of your project, you need to have a clear understanding of the value of your proposed work.

Please note: artsnb does not fund projects retroactively. Therefore, projects must not have begun before the application deadline.