Week 9 – Audience

I have spent this week researching for my project proposal and in particular how to structure and create a proposal. Clearly this is a critical skill for grant funding, a badly prepared proposal will not lead to funding and only be a disappointment after several rebuttals.

A few key attributes came to the top of the list of do’s and don’t for writing persuasive proposals. Excellent writing skills are critical to this exercise.

  • Have a short, succinct explanation of what it is you want to do
  • Have a plan on how you are going to realise this
  • Include some work in progress to demonstrate ability

There are many other important aspects but these seem to be consistently quoted, and if I apply it to my current day job where I see a lot of proposals for technical solutions they make sense. Like a CV you want to catch someone’s interest from the opening paragraph and have just enough information to get to the next stage in the recruitment process.

One proposal I found which I particularly liked was Robert Franks application for a Fellowship to the Guggenheim Foundation for his ‘Americans’ project and his concise statement of project. This is a great catch to lead into the main proposal and more detailed breakdowns.

This week included my 1:1 feedback with my tutor on the oral assignment, overall I was very pleased with the result and feedback was positive. Continue reading and building knowledge. The next module will introduce a lot of new ideas to help in further developing this area.


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TEAM, Format. 2016. ‘5 Tips For Writing Better Photography Grant Proposals’. [online]. Available at: https://www.format.com/magazine/resources/photography/5-tips-better-photography-grant-proposal [accessed 23 Nov 2020].

‘Examples Of Successful Proposals’. 2020. The Imagine Fund [online]. Available at: https://imaginefund.umn.edu/examples-successful-proposals [accessed 23 Nov 2020].

https://pdnonline.com/photography-business/photo-grants-funding/applying-for-grants-or-prizes-here-are-tips-for-how-to-make-your-application-a-winner [online]. Available at: https://pdnonline.com/photography-business/photo-grants-funding/applying-for-grants-or-prizes-here-are-tips-for-how-to-make-your-application-a-winner/# [accessed 23 Nov 2020].

SAWALICH, William. 2018. ‘The PRO-Files: 5 Tips For Getting Photography Grants’. Sony | Alpha Universe [online]. Available at: https://alphauniverse.com/stories/the-pro-files–5-tips-for-getting-photography-grants/ [accessed 23 Nov 2020].

GRANADO, Emiliano. 2012. ‘Robert Frank Guggenheim Application’. A Pile Of Gems [online]. Available at: https://journal.emilianogranado.com/post/16830634709/robert-franks-guggenheim-application-1954 [accessed 23 Nov 2020].

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