Grant funding for Arts
and Culture made simple

Mint Maven

We simplify the grant seeking process by providing solutions to the 3 biggest
obstacles in grant funding :
• Lack of time or staff
• Fierce competition
• Difficulty finding grant prospects

The Options + Packages

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What help
looks like

Online Funding Reports, Custom Templates, Video coaching, Templates, 1:1 meetings and more. All available on Zoom + Notion!

DIY: Funding Reports

Pre-researched/organized, and listed by funding bucket, 15 templates + 6 support downloads provided. Reports we have available are:Creative:
Artist, Arts Non Profit, Filmmaking,
Music, Dance, Creative Writing, Poetry

Locations:
California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee
Specialty:
LGBTQIA Twin Spirit, Veteran,
Women, POC, Non Profit

$1,000

New reports added monthly!
Custom reports available upon request.

Enterprise

Funding Reports + 3 Applications• Qualifications check
• Brandless pitch deck
• 3 proposals submitted
• 15 Templates provided
• Video coaching + script
• 3 meetings - 1 hour a week
• Online Notion funding database
• 6 Support documents to download
For additional fees "Hidden menu items" are available for addition if needed.


$5,500

Small + medium sized grants only. Please inquire for pricing on opportunities over $50k.

Who we help best

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Target Audience

We work best with Creative Businesses, Non-Profits, and Entrepreneurs who align with our values of: Creativity, Kindness, Purpose + Focus. If this sounds like you let's talk!

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Resource Library

Freebies

We follow a "FULL or FREE policy".
That means our packages are full price, no refunds. Not ready for 1:1 work yet? Use these great freebies to get started on your own.

Even More

FREE RESOURCES
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Get a free PDF download with newsletter subscription, + more support at our new blog!

Mint Maven

Grant funding for Arts and Culture made simple

Hours of Operation:
• Monday 11am - 6pm EST
• Tuesday 11am - 6pm EST
• Wednesday 11am - 6pm EST

All inquiries will be replied to during normal business hours.

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How it works

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The Process

Applying for grants can be a daunting process. That's why we've made it as simple as possible by breaking it down into 3 simple steps.

STEP 01

Book your onboarding call:
• 3 Zoom meetings.
• 3 hours in total.
• 1 hour a week.


STEP 02

• 1 payment per meeting
until project completion.

• Due before each meeting.
• Final payment due after 30 days of engagement.


STEP 03

Notion database:
• Access to your custom
online system via link sent
upon your 1st payment.


I have more questions!

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FAQ'S

Get answers to the questions
we get on the regular here.

Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST FOR HELP WITH APPLYING FOR A GRANT?

A: Grant service project fees start at $1000 and go to $10,000 depending on the complexity of the project.

Q: WHAT TYPE OF GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE?

A: General Operations Grant, General Purpose Grant, Matching or Challenge Grant, Endowment Grant, Seed Money or Start Up Funds.

Q: WHAT CAN A GRANT PAY FOR?

A: 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.

Q: HOW MANY HOURS DOES IT TAKE TO FINISH AN APPLICATION?

A: Federal : 40-60, Specialized : 100-180, Foundation : 4-8, Corporate: 4-8, State : 10-20, Individuals : 2-8.

Q: WHAT'S A GRANT?

A: 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.

Q: WHAT IS CREATIVE PLACEMAKING?

A: 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.

Q: DO I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN?

A: 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? Grant writing is a skilled trade. If you can paint a masterpiece with words alone you're a shoe in. Practice make progress here!

Q: CAN I PAY A PROFESSIONAL A PERCENTAGE OF MY GRANT WINNINGS VS PAYING FOR THE SERVICE SEPARATELY?

A: 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.

Q: WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF SUCCESS?

A: 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.

EPK

Electronic Press Kit

A picture is worth a thousand words!

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KIMBERLY LAVON
MASTER OF ADVERTISING
CREATIVE
DIRECTOR + CEO

I founded and joined Mint Maven in 2022 as the Creative Writer + CEO of the agency. Prior to my work here, I was the Creative Director of Thimble Media. We delivered Brand Identity + Strategy to a myriad of businesses. Before that I was the Fine Artist/Print Shop Owner of Kimberly Lavon INK. During my tenure at the printshop I helped the studio work on projects with esteemed clients: Detroit Institute of Art + Lululemon. I took part in creative placemaking nation wide for over 2 decades + represented 89,000 creatives state wide at Michigan Art Advocacy Day. I am a Masters graduate of Savannah College of Art + Design where I majored in Advertising, + an Undergraduate of Kendall of Art + Design where I studied Fine Art Printmaking + Graphic Design. I currently live in Lansing, Michigan with my cat Sherlock. When I'm not busy with working on research + writing, you can find me eating popcorn + watching movies at home. 🍿 🎥 🏠


Grants Earned

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Awards

I've been writing, submitting, and winning grants since 1999. See the list below.

✅ 2023:

• Coming soon!

✅ 2022:

• Comcast Rise Award
• The Freed Fellowship

✅ 2021:

• CASE Credit Union and
Transformation Gems Grant
• LEAP One + All Program
• LEAP Equipment Grant
• Ingham County Sunrise Grant
• The Fledge: 99 Problems but a pitch ain’t one pitch competition

✅ 2018-2020:

• FED CARES Act
• Artist Relief Fund
• Savannah College
of Art + Design Merit Scholarship

✅ 2017:

• Lansing City Pulse and FOX 47:
Top of The Town—
Inaugural Best Visual Artist Award
• Arts Council of
Greater Lansing
- Chris Clark Fellow

✅ 2016:

• Arts Council of
Greater Lansing
- Art in the Sky Billboard Project

✅ 2012:

• Arts Council of
Greater Lansing:
- Chris Clark Fellow
- Individual Artist Grant
- Art in the Sky Billboard Project

✅ 2008:

• Windgate Fellowship Nominee

✅ 2005-2008:

• Kendall College of
Art + Design
- Merit Scholarship
- FED College Work Study
- President’s List

People we love

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Partners

Earning grant funding is a complicated process with many needs. That's why we work with these trusted partners to facilitate additional support!

Good Fruit Video

Let’s plant some creative seeds together and help our community grow!

Good Fruit knows that small businesses, and nonprofits don’t always have a budget to create professional content that facilitates growth. But hey - if you’re doing good things, they want to help you.Fruit Snacks are short videos (usually 1-2 minutes) intended to help showcase what your organization does so you can spread that message more effectively with the community at large.Each quarter they select one organization to receive a FREE Fruit Snack video, with up to 10 hours of free production time! Check them out!

Creative Baggage

A curated database of free opportunities for creatives

"Our mission is to revolutionize the field of creativity through collaboration over competition."After hearing the struggles and ideas of so many musicians, and artists, the Creative Baggage team decided to focus their energies on finding practical solutions to improve the lives of their creative community. The database "For the Lost Creative" launched in September 2022 thanks to the generous support from diverse partners.This year, Kimberly Lavon of Mint Maven has recently partnered with this incredible org. as their resident blog writer/grant expert! Be sure to check out the resources on their website!

Work with Mint Maven!

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Testimonials

We've gotten to work with some
pretty amazing businesses and people!
Take a look at what people have to say.

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!

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.

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.

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!


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