All grants on Artizen are recurring grants that repeat on a monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, or annual award cycle. Regardless of the duration of a grant's award cycle, all grants go through the same milestones outlined below. These milestones are important to keep in mind as you manage, promote, and grow your grant.


Launch

  • Open Submissions: At the start of each new award cycle, grants are open for submissions. This is a great opportunity for grant admins and board members to promote the open call for submissions via all marketing channels available to them. And make sure to read over our outreach templates.

  • Announce Theme (optional): Some grants choose to have different themes for each award cycle. These themes can focus an award cycle on a specific discipline, genre, geography, type of work, or type of creator. If a grant has a new theme, grant admins and board members need to announce the theme at the start of a new award cycle.

Ongoing

  • Review Project Submissions: Grant supporters can and should review project submissions throughout the entire award cycle. By reviewing projects early and often you give artists more time to digest your feedback, improve their project submissions, and increase the overall value of your grant.

  • Announce Funding Milestone: Whenever your grant's award amount increases significantly or reaches a funding milestone like $1,000 then make an announcement thanking your grant supporters and soliciting submissions. Please read over our outreach templates for guidance.

  • Announce New Artist Benefits: Whenever a new artist benefit is added to your grant take the opportunity to make an announcement to your community. Please read over our outreach templates for guidance.

  • Announce New Sponsors or Board Members: Whenever a new sponsor or board member joins your grant take the opportunity to make an announcement to your community. Please read over our outreach templates for guidance.

  • Host Board Meeting(s): At least once per award cycle, board members should attend a board meeting to discuss how best to manage, promote, and grow their grant. Attendance is not mandatory, but board members should make every effort to join.

  • Plan and Announce Showcase (optional): Some grants choose to host showcases to highlight the best projects submitted to their grant in any given award cycle. If you are going to host a showcase make sure to give yourselves enough time to plan and announce the event. Typically it takes about two weeks to curate and invite the selected projects and you want to make sure you announce the showcase to your community at least a week before the event. Please read over our outreach templates for guidance.

Close

  • Last Chance to Submit: As your award cycle comes to an end, make sure to let your community know via all available marketing channels that artists have a limited amount of time left to submit projects. We suggest announcing last call for submissions one week out and then another round of announcements within in the last 48 to 24 hours. Please read over our outreach templates for guidance.

  • Host Showcase (optional): If your grant has elected to host a showcase, make sure to schedule the event within the last week or two of your award cycle. This will give your supporters enough time to digest the project presentations, ask follow up questions, and upvote work accordingly.

  • Congratulate Grant Winner: At the end of your award cycle which ever project has secured the most upvotes will automatically win your grant. Grant admins and board members should publicly congratulate the grant winner. Please read over our outreach templates for guidance.

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