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The 3 biggest obstacles to getting funded are:
1. No time or resources
2. Missing funding opportunities
3. Fierce CompetitionBeat them with Mint Maven solutions!
A 1:1 consultation + customized solutions
• 1 hour phone or zoom call with Kimberly Lavon.
• Talk about your business obstacles.
• Find your best funding type.
• Leave with a customized guide or products.
Art Biz Templates • Grant Guides • Funding Kit
$29 - $1,000
• Art Business Templates: “Fill in the blank” pages.
• Grant Guides: Custom, targeted grant databases.
• Funding Kit: Grant Funding applications + leads.
• Custom: Retainer work, Art, and design!
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Resources + Policies
"FULL or FREE policy"All products and consultation time are full price (unless donated) and non-refundable. Not ready yet? Start with one of these free resources.
Frequently asked questions
You've got questions? I've got answers! Read more below.
1. Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST FOR HELP WITH APPLYING FOR A GRANT?
Grant service project fees start at $1000 and go to $10,000 depending on the complexity of the project.
2. Q: WHAT TYPE OF GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE?
General Operations Grants, General Purpose Grants, Matching or Challenge Grants, Endowment Grants, Seed Money or Start Up Funds.
3. Q: WHAT CAN I USE GRANT FUNDS TO PAY FOR?
Grants can fund things like: staff salaries, equipment, office space, utilities, travel meetings, + more. Sometimes grant funding can mean achieving your mission with full capacity.
4. Q: HOW MANY HOURS DOES IT TAKE TO FINISH A GRANT APPLICATION?
Federal : 40-60, Specialized : 100-180, Foundation : 4-8, Corporate: 4-8, State : 10-20, Individuals : 2-8.
5. Q: WHAT'S A GRANT?
Money you don’t have to pay back — but you have to qualify, and each opportunity has its own requirements. For example, nonprofit or not-for-profit orgs need a Letter of Determination from the IRS proving tax-exempt status. For-profit businesses can apply for certain grants if they are eligible. Mint Maven, LLC works with female owned, creative, for profit orgs to apply for grants.
6. Q: WHAT IS CREATIVE PLACEMAKING?
Americans For The Arts defines Creative Placemaking as the use of arts and culture by diverse partners to strategically shape the physical and social character of a place in order to spur economic development, promote enduring social change and improve the physical. environment.
7. Q: DO I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN?
Do you know the donor’s prerequisites? Can you present a well-crafted idea, excellent research, collaboration, innovation, and why you need the proposed funds? Are you confident in your idea and merit of it? Grant writing is a skilled trade. If you can paint a masterpiece with words alone you're a shoe in. Practice make progress here!
8. Q: CAN I PAY A PROFESSIONAL A PERCENTAGE OF MY GRANT WINNINGS VS PAYING FOR THE SERVICE SEPARATELY?
NO. Two professional organizations, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Grant Professionals Association, bar grant writers from taking a percentage of the grant, also known as working on commission. If you choose the opposite route, it carries a high risk for implications of the financial status of a non, or for profit + the grant writer.
9. Q: WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF SUCCESS?
If you apply by yourself your chances of winning are less than 1 in 10. Applying for a grant with 2 people (you + me) your chances of winning go up by 75%. If you apply to 5-10 grants a cycle, you will most likely win at least 1! Preparation, relationship building, + merit are key.
10. Q: WHAT ARE THE TOP 3 OBSTACLES TO GETTING GRANT FUNDING?
• Lack of knowledge, time or staff
• Fighting fierce competition
• Difficulty finding grant prospects
11. Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW RIGHT NOW?
• Winning funding is more than just the ask. You've got to have merit and the ability to get the work done.
• Your application has to rank in the top 2% of every other application to beat the competition.
• One application costs anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 with professional help. That's an industry standard!
• There are BILLIONS of grant dollars available and many other funding options available to help you.
• If you need help and you're ready to get it click the button below.
12. Q: CAN YOU HELP ME WITH MORE THAN JUST GRANT FUNDING?
Absolutely! After our initial conversation I'll be sure to tell you all about my expanded menu items and all the ways I can help you get funded. :)
Getting funded is a complicated process with many needs.
That's why I work with trusted partners to offer you more support!
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A program/community mastermind to help you feel confident in your brand strategy process so you can solve big, meaningful brand problems (And let’s not forget charge more and actually enjoy your work ;)Creative businesses need strategy first and foremost. That’s why we are thrilled to partner with Melinda and her team.
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MA, CD, CEO | MINT MAVEN
Kimberly Lavon is a nationally award winning artist turned arts funding consultant, Creative Director and CEO of Mint Maven. Her education includes a Masters in Advertising from Savannah College of Art and Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Art from Kendall of Art and Design in Fine Art Printmaking and Graphic Design. She currently lives in Lansing, Michigan with her cat Sherlock. When she's not busy with research and writing, you can find her eating popcorn and watching movies at home.
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Ash G. at OJASWE
Mint Maven is a wealth of experience and expertise around grant writing. She helped us put together a grant playbook and greatly simplified and sped up our process to apply for grants. Thanks for all the help!
David D. at EVRGRN
Working with Kimberly and Mint Maven is like teaming up with your own personal superhero. At every step of her process I was blown away by the speed at which she works and the high quality of the work itself. Not to mention her ability to make the complex world of grants (which I had absolutely no idea about) seem like very doable is just one more aspect of her superpowers. All of that put together makes me feel like I made a very very good choice by asking her to help me find funding.
Liz K. at Honey Bun Bakery
Kimberly has been such a gem to work with! I went into the world of grants blind and she definitely was a light in the darkness in helping me understand how to navigate this world. Grants aside, I've also made a LOT of useful connections in the Lansing area specifically to help me grow my business. I am FOREVER grateful for this relationship I have gained.
Matt P. at Know Buddies Designs
I thought I was sleeping because Mint Maven made my dreams come true. I’m absolutely blown away by the service, clarity, and quality provided. Thank you Kimberly!