Artistic Assistance Proposal Support

L-R:Patrick Karl and Gwylene Gallimard participate in a Digital Storytelling Workshop at Azule.
Photo: Bailey Barash.

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In 2019, we’ll be offering 2 rounds of Artistic Assistance: Professional Development in the spring and Project Development in the fall. 

Project Development Application Available: Friday, July 26, 2019
Technical Assistance Calls: Monday, August 19 at 1pm EST & Tuesday, September 3th at 7pm EST
Proposal Coaching and Conversation of Intent Deadline: Friday, September 6, 2019 at 5pm EST
Project Development Application Deadline: Friday, September 13, 2019 at 5pm EST
December 2019

Alternate ROOTS understands that an artist’s grant writing ability may not always reflect the creativity and rigor they bring to their artistic practice. Because we believe that grant writing should not be a barrier to artists accessing funding, we offer our members several different supports during the proposal development process including Technical Assistance Calls, Conversations of Intent, and Proposal Coaching.

Alternate ROOTS is committed to expanding the grant writing skills of our membership. The opportunity to receive feedback and a fresh perspective on your proposal is a valuable one. Talking with a staff member or working with a proposal coach can transform a vague and meandering proposal into one that is clear, concise, and conveys the full richness of your process and project. We urge all our members to make use of the resources listed below.

Technical Assistance Calls

Alternate ROOTS Programs staff will hold group Technical Assistance Calls, where applicants can call in and ask questions about the application and selection process. Technical Assistance Calls will be held on the following dates: 

Monday, August 19 at 1pm EST
Tuesday, September 3rd at 7pm EST

Conference Call #: (712) 832-8330 | Access code: 433-0401

Conversation of Intent

In your Conversation of Intent, you’ll talk through your proposed project with Wendy Shenefelt, Programs Director, to make sure your project is appropriate for a particular program or category. First time applicants and previously unfunded applicants MUST schedule a conversation of intent by Friday, September 6, 2019 at 5pm EST. All other applicants are welcome to make use of this resource as well. To schedule a meeting, please email or call the office at (404) 577-1079 ext. 308.

Proposal Coaching

Proposal Coaching is dedicated time for applicants to call in and talk through their application with a Proposal Coach. Alternate ROOTS offers this service free of charge to all members who are applying for one of our programs. Proposal Coaches are hired consultants. They are experts in the field who are affiliated with ROOTS, and can help you gain insight into how to maximize your proposal’s relevance to the program goals and objectives. Proposal Coaches are not a part of the selection panel, and cannot advise if your project will be selected.

You can consult with a Proposal Coach at any stage of your proposal writing process. Submitting a preliminary proposal is optional, but highly encouraged, especially for new or previously unfunded applicants.

For the fall 2019 round of Artistic Assistance Project Development, Proposal Coaching is available August 19 – September 6, 2019.

Instructions for Requesting Proposal Coaching and Submitting Drafts 

Step 1: To schedule a meeting with a Proposal Coach, please email with “Proposal Coach” in the subject line by September 6, 2019. You may also call the office at (404) 577-1079 ext. 308 to request Proposal Coaching.

Step 2: E-mail a draft of your application in the word document application form to You should NOT submit preliminary applications through application form. 

Step 3: Connect with Proposal Coach via email or phone.

Step 4: Submit FINAL APPLICATION ONLY through application form portal.

Additional Training Opportunities and Resources

In addition to the in-house application support listed above, we encourage you to utilize outside grant writing resources, including:

The Foundation Center

Georgia Center for Nonprofits

The Grantsmanship Center

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.