Category Archives: Problem Solving

Grant-Finding Resources

Successful grantseeking is a discipline that requires discipline.

Firstly, Google Google is an underrated funding resource.
Search on the name of your project, fund, grant.

I.e. new play, fund grant or rigging fund grant.  You get it, right?

Another invaluable reference is “The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist” by Gigi Rosenberg. It is easily available on Amazon. Don’t be put off if you don’t consider yourself to be an “artist”; if you’re a grantseeker, this book is for you.
Visit each of these websites (below) at least once a week. There is a wealth of info for grantseekers and it changes regularly as funders provide new information. Many of these websites will allow you to register to be notified via e-mail when new opportunities are posted. (Guidestar is a great website for you to research the funders you’ve identified.  Look at their 990 Forms to learn more about them.)

Finally, don’t forget that most foundations and public funders have their own websites. These websites will be very useful to you.

Last – but certainly  not the least – when you’ve identified a potential funder, reach out to them to discuss your project.  They don’t bite.  Do this before you submit a grant application to be sure that your project is the right “fit.”

Good luck!


“Things should be going better for our department”

A beloved former client writes:

“It seems somebody thinks things should be going better for our department.”

So here’s my question….what’s the metric for “going better” and based on those metrics, are things actually “going better”?
Remember the three Great Tasks of work:


If things are going better (or at least holding their own), has that fact been appropriately communicated?

Just a thought this morning.

The Quarter Drawing

A long time ago, my friend Sandy Gohn described a way to prioritize problems and issues.  I’ve been describing it to others since then, and I begin by saying:  “draw a circle around a quarter.”  My friend Paul Lagasse posted the method this way on his blog:

The Quarter Drawing 

When you’re dealing with a bunch of seemingly intractable problems, the trick is to figure out where they belong:

The Quarter Drawing

Focus on the stuff in the lower right quadrant and forget about the rest.

The quarter drawing is so called not because of the way the drawing is divided, but because you can trace the circle with a handy coin when you’re trying to console your buddy in a bar”.

It’s a system that simply works to prioritze how to use your resources!