Workshop: Practical Grant Writing, STAF

Do you have a theatre project that needs funding? New to grant applications? Do you work best in a hands-on learning environment with your peers? STAF will be hosting a Practical Grant Writing Workshop over 3 Mondays in November 2014. Over the course of three 3-hour classes, a small group of participants will be guided through the Toronto Arts Council Theatre Project Grant. The entire application will be covered with particular emphasis on: Guidelines, Project Description, & Budget.

Under the guidance of STAF’s professional grant writer, you will gradually gather material and write the text for your specific project over the course of the session. The workshop emphasis will be on learning by doing. Each class, you will focus on a particular section of the grant, working on activities in pairs and then reconvening and reviewing as a larger group. At the end of the session, each participant will have a full grant application ready to submit for the TAC February 2015 deadline – and a cohort of self-producing peers to support one another as you navigate future grant applications together.

When: Monday evenings from 6-9pm, November 10th – 24th, 2014
Where: STAF Office, 201-192 Spadina Ave, Toronto
Fee: $60 until October 20th $100 after October 20th One scholarship is available for a Culturally Diverse Applicant. See below for details.
Deadline: November 3rd
Instructor: Adriano Sobretodo Jr., Head Grant Writer at STAF and Co-Artistic Director of Litmus Theatre, will be leading the workshop. He has spearheaded productions spanning the US, Australia, and Canada. Adriano has served as an Advisory Board Member for the OAC. He holds a MFA in Theatre from York University, where he also taught First Year Theatre Majors.

Detailed Itinerary:
Week 1: Guidelines and Project Description

HW for Week 1: Complete Drafts of Application and Project Description


  • Going over the Guidelines and Application
  • How Much Funding Can I (Should I) Apply For?
  • Filling out the Application Form

Project Description

  • Who Am I Writing To?
  • Artistic Statement
  • Artistic Goals and Objectives
  • Work Schedule

HW for Week 2: Complete Draft of TAC Budget Form

Week 2: The Budget

  • Review Project Description
  • Budget
  • TAC Financial Form
  • Supplementary Budget
  • What’s a Contingency Statement?
  • What are Reasonable Pay Rates?

HW for Next Week: Complete draft of History of Applicant; gather Support Material


  • Laptop computer with MS Word, MS Excel
  • A project eligible for the Toronto Arts Council Theatre Projects Grant (Feb 2015 deadline)


  • Wi-Fi access
  • Electronic/Paper handouts

Culturally Diverse Scholarship:
To encourage wider participation in our theatre community, one full scholarship will be available to a participant who self-identifies as culturally diverse.

The scholarship is only available to a Toronto resident who self-identifies as culturally diverse. As per the Toronto Arts Council, culturally diverse includes individuals identifying as Aboriginal and people of colour. Aboriginal includes Métis, Inuit, Status and Non-Status. Person of Colour includes individuals of Asian, African, Aborigine, Caribbean, Latin American, and African descent etc., as well as mixed ethnicity.The Culturally Diverse Scholarship participant will be chosen by lottery from all applicants.

To express interest in the scholarship email:

To register, or for more information, email:

About STAF
Small Theatre Administrative Facility supports the artistic vision of independent artists by providing affordable administrative, financial, grant writing and marketing/publicity services. These essential  support services allow artists to create and present their art, regardless of limited resources. We are  committed to the long-term health and vitality of the independent theatre community.