Date: Thursday, February 17
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: Online
Cost: $0-10

Demystifying Institutional Grant Writing

Do institutional grants feel out of reach for your organization? Do you have trouble knowing where to find opportunities you’re eligible for and deciding which opportunities are right for your organization? If so, this workshop is for you!

We’ll uncover some of the mystery around grant writing and eligibility for government and foundation funders, including a deeper dive into California Arts Council grant applications. The pandemic has opened new opportunities for funding for small and mid-size arts organizations. The California Arts Council has increased funding this year, with a host of application opportunities opening January 19. Don’t miss this opportunity!


Leigh Henderson has been writing grants for non-profit arts organizations for nearly 20 years. Since 2016, she has served as the Managing Director of Teatro Visión, San José’s Chicanx/Latinx theater company. During her tenure, she has raised more than $1.2 million in government and foundation grants for the organization. As a result, Teatro Visión has more than doubled its annual budget, programming, and audiences. She also offers grant writing and other non-profit consulting services to numerous community-focused arts nonprofits throughout the Bay Area and the state of California. Leigh is also a practicing theatrical designer whose work has been seen on stages throughout the Bay Area, Wisconsin, Colorado, New York City, and at the prestigious Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space and a cake artist who has appeared on multiple shows on the Food Network. She holds a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA in Arts Administration and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Theater Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

FREE to artists and arts organizations based in Santa Clara County. $10 for those outside Santa Clara County.

For questions, contact Alyssa Erickson:

Learn more and register here.
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