Research has shown that people who write goals down on paper are much more likely to achieve those goals. Grantwriters use this acronym:
SpecificWriting projects, like art projects, are based on a series of tasks. To boost productivity, it's a good idea to set specific and measurable goals that fit these criteria. To increase the likelihood of receiving a grant, writers should get S.M.A.R.T. too. In addition, I highly recommend reading the grant instructions carefully, planning enough time to do a good job, and finding a proofreader for both the application and work sample.
Grants Available for Minnesota writers:http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/artist-initiative.htm