Operating grants: the art of concrete implementation

A strong dossier has an artistic vision. And also a sense for how things work. It is simultaneously conceptual and concrete. It shows you know about the world. And how to approach things. But how concretely do you have to describe all of this? And what does the assessment committee focus on?

The core of your activities

First things first. Always useful to start with the essentials. What do you stand for? What is the core of your activities? Only tick the function(s) that really suit your organisation. The best check consists of the lists with the function-specific criteria. Are you able, from the first glance, to tick off the bullet points under that one function? Then you should definitely go for that function. 

Step two: fill in the function-specific criteria in your application as concretely as possible. Is it easy for an assessor to check whether your plan actually meets all the criteria?

Figures, names, plans

Substantiate your artistic plans. For example, if the emphasis is on an artistic process, your budget will probably go largely to the artist(s) themselves. And that should be clearly visible in your budget. Make sure that income and expenses are not just mathematically correct. You also have to make sure that the figures are in line with your activities. 

Ditto for any partnerships. Name names, show similarities and prove that your plans are concrete and realistic. In the same way, present in your application how you work on outreach within or outside our national borders: with a detailed proposal. 

Concrete, concrete, concrete

Check this for each element in your application. The more qualitative, realistic and substantiated the elaboration of your plans, the greater the confidence of the assessment committee.