November 24 (4:00pm-5:30pm ET) – Grant Writing and Nonprofit Funding 101

In this session, participants will receive an overview of the grant writing cycle from prospecting and research to narratives and budgets to reports and outcomes, with a focus on common grants in the NYC arts education field. We will discuss best practices and helpful tips for each stage, followed by time for Q&A. If participants are currently working on or considering applying to a grant, they are welcome to bring their specific questions!


  • A way to take notes.
  • Presenters invite participants to bring general questions, as well as questions related to specific projects they are currently working on.


Zena Hinds, Freelance Grant Writer, currently working with Opening Act, Tectonic Theater Project, & STEM From Dance

Zena Hinds is a producer, fundraiser, and political junky interested in the intersection of the arts and social justice. She has previously worked with Tectonic Theater Project as Director of Development and as a Finance Assistant for local political campaigns and organizations. With a background in acting, she approaches grant writing from a storytelling perspective and is excited to share tools and tricks with the Roundtable community!





Katie Rainey, Teaching Artist & Director of the Teaching Artist Project, Community-Word Project

Katie Rainey is a Teaching Artist and Director of the Teaching Artist Project at Community-Word Project, where she trains artists to become educators. She has been a teaching artist for over 10 years, and has taught poetry, fiction, theatre, photography, English as a second language and filmmaking in various parts of the world. For the last five years, Katie has been teaching at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens, working with their 9th grade students on creative writing and using their art-making for activism. Katie is a writer and editor who has been published in numerous literary journals and has received several awards for her writing. Katie also serves on the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable Teaching Artist Affairs Committee, and was a part of the 2018 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Emerging Leaders Boot Camp. You can see more about her here.

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