A well written application and a manageable budget, makes it clear to the recipient why they should choose to support your project.
Below are some tips for writing applications and how to make a budget, so that they help you tell the best possible story about your project.
The most important part of the application is the project description.
What is it you want to do – and why?
Although you may have been thinking through your idea for a long time, it is important to remember that this is the first time the receiver hears about it. This means that you have to put some work into getting it out of your head and describing it as clearly and accurately as possible.
The first twenty lines should answer all these questions:
What? – Theme
Why? – Motivation and relevance
How? – Visually and physically
Who? – Audience and artistic collaborators
Where? – Venue / site-specific
How much? – Amount
After you have answered these questions, which serve as a summary of the application, you can expand further on each point.
An application should be no longer than 2 A4 pages and should be as transparent as possible for the recipient. Clear sub-headlines for each section is a good way of structuring the application.
The budget for a project must be realistic and itemised. When you make a budget, it is also a good opportunity to review and consider all aspects of the project and the whole production process down to the smallest detail.
It’s a good idea to collect résumés from all the main collaborators in your project. It is important that your own CV is updated and detailed. It should not take up more than 2-3 A4 pages, with the most recent experience first. The Danish Arts Foundation wants a CV no longer than ONE page.
You can supplement the application with supporting documents, such as confirmation of agreements on co-production, collaboration, other funding or practical support; possibly audio or image files from previous projects.