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Thinking of applying for a grant to offset festival expenses? When looking for resources to share with other administrators considering applying for grants to help with festival costs, it occurred to us a wealth of knowledge exists right within the ZAPP community! 

LeMoyne’s Chain of Parks Art Festival in Tallahassee, FL has risen in the ranks among festivals to watch! We turned to Vanessa Rowse, their festival manager, for insight on her experience with their 2018 grants processes. Rowse divulged a series of useful tips for other administrators hoping to secure grants, such as which parts of the process require the most attention and what you need to know about post-festival grant reporting.




It’s no secret that there are a variety of organizations, trusts, and agencies that have money to give, but how does one go about finding them? While grants can be found in multiple ways, Rowse has found success with:














As you start to think about grants, we encourage you to take advantage of the resources available. We have listed some great online resources below to get you started:

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GO Smart

GO Smart™ was created by ZAPP’s parent company, WESTAF. It is a grants management system designed by grant administrators for grant administrators, that makes the grants process easy, from intent to apply, creating the application, panel reviews, awards, and final reports.

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Center for Nonprofit Excellence

The CNE sources three grant opportunities each week and lists them on this page. They also provide fundraising resources and various philanthropy training programs.

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Grant Watch

This page lists a series of arts-focused grants and allows you to search through grants based on geographic location.

We wish you the best of luck on your grant search! If you have any tips you wish to share, email us at