Warning: I’m coming fully loaded today with three posts.
If you recall, back in February I told you about my below grant submissions:
1.) A professional development grant from [Foundation Name Not Given For Security Purposes] for $1,000 to offset my tuition costs for Tom Jenks Workshop.
2.) A project based grant from [Foundation Name Not Given For Security Purposes] for $2,500.00 to fund “Slice of Me” workshop series. This project is inspired by the Goddess Play Date I hosted back in 2013.
I have been denied both. Of course, this is a disappointment, but it is in the way in which I was denied the second one that has irked my soul (I do not use that word lightly). Below is the email I sent to my creative team explain some of the frustration?
Thank you for believing in my “Slice of Me” project. The full grant I submitted is attached. I have a hard time disclosing this – as I’m still pretty annoyed at the handling of things – but my grant was never put in front of the panel for review. It got censored by the [Foundation Name Not Given For Security Purposes] — on the grounds that my “Story Medicine” description was too “Ambiguous” (I hope you see the irony here). I was under the assumption that those types of decisions were left to the panel to decide, not the 3rd party foundation. Repetitively, I was told by [Foundation Name Not Given For Security Purposes] that they have no involvement in the decision making process and that this works to the artist’s benefit because [Foundation Name Not Given For Security Purposes] makes themselves available for questions and support. Also, it was made very clear to me that I would receive valuable feedback from the panel regardless of if I was funded. This type of feedback is beyond crucial for my growth – the fact that I didn’t receive it has me feeling cheated. And I’m afraid they played us dirty, this whole time I thought the grant was under review when in reality it was never even placed before the panel. Thus, with no funding, I have decided to put this project on the back burner to turn direct on my novel writing. THANK YOU again for your interest – and my apologies if I got your hopes up for something that never materialized.”
However, I also find myself thankful to [Foundation Name Not Given For Security Purposes] as I realize this project is worth A LOT more money than I originally was willing to “settle” for. If anyone out there is interested – either as an investor, advisory board member, or collaborator – please feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Warrior Princess