Fund Your Freelance Business with Grants

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If you’re an early-stage marketing and creative business struggling to break through to that next level of growth, this program is for you.

The Breakthrough Grant from HoneyBook provides $25,000 in cash, tools, resources, and training to help up-and-coming businesses unlock their potential.

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I’m really excited to have HoneyBook sponsor today’s edition. I think a lot of freelancers believe the only way to increase their income is by raising their rates, finding a new client, or taking on more work with an existing client. But you can inject new revenue into your business to fund new projects with grants. Honeybook’s grant includes $18,000 in cash and a three-year subscription to HoneyBook to fund whatever you’re working on. Please click that link and apply!

There’s so many great places to look for grants. Today I’m highlighting a few of my favorite places to check and some resources to take advantage of.

Do you know of other places to find grants? Is there a guide that you like to turn to? Open this post in your browser and leave a comment with your recommendation!

— Kaitlyn

Use Grants to Fund Your Work

Grants for Creators

Danielle Desir Corbett does amazing work rounding up new grants! Grants for Creators shares monthly funding opportunities for writers, podcasters, artists, filmmakers, and small businesses. The newsletter also has specific playlists for specific types of creators and people with different backgrounds and ethnicities.

Poets & Writers

Poets & Writers focuses exclusively on writing contests, grants, and awards in the U.S. The Poets & Writers Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database clearly lists application deadlines, entry fees, and offers a submission calendar.

Hello Alice

Hello Alice has a ton of grants for any kind of small business. I haven’t found it as helpful for freelancing, but it’s still a place I like to check.

Wildfire Media

Wildfire Media’s Spark training program has been sending out monthly funding alerts on its blog. It’s a resource I like to check and I often see grants that I haven’t seen elsewhere.

Small Business Development Centers

Check out the local SBDC in your area to find grants and funding that’s available in your city and state.

Fundid

Fundid has a lot of helpful information for applying to grants. Sign up for the newsletter to get new grants right in your inbox!

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In addition to these fantastic resources, there’s a lot of organizations that offer grants annually. Women Photograph and the International Women’s Media Foundation offer grants. Make an Airtable to organize and track your grant applying efforts (I recommend using something like my pitch tracker).

Applying to grants is a lot like pitching. You never know if your efforts will pay off, but it’s worth trying anyway.

P.S. Please take a second to give feedback. I’m eager to hear your thoughts as I develop this section of the newsletter.

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