.I have this theory called Grant trolls. Did the jurors even read the applications? Some artist can't afford to take decent pictures for support material. What I hate the most is you guys don't give a crap. I know no decisions can be changed. You will probably say, ...yess the jurors read all applications, blah, blah, blah,. Yet the granting agency is not a scam.
This still is sounding a bit offensive.
The real advice is to keep applying. Go to the information sessions. Actively, go to the events planned by the council. Meet the people who are working there. Ask questions. This the real trick. Identify the opportunity. Once you have done this, preparing the application, is the next step, plus the real work. Whether its a formal application or White paper.
I don't know much about local granting agencies. I have seen local artists get awards that don't run a profitable business. Some are even homeless. Other artists think that they will be given an award by a third party nominating them, This is not how it works.
1. Identify the opportunity
2. Prepare the application
3. put together support material
4. Edit and review
5. get good documentation
6. realize deadlines
This is how it works with all granting agencies. I hope it helps.
thus spoke the alien,