Grant Writing

In addition to being a writer, and arts educator, I am a professional grant writer. I write project, capital, and operation grants for small to medium-sized organizations, generating well-written, well-researched grant proposals, for every level of government, agencies, foundations and corporations. I've worked with for- and not-for profit organizations, small businesses, classical music organizations, musicians, dance artists and companies, writers, arts educators and arts ed organizations, actors, directors and theatre companies, visual artists and community-based artists and organizations.

My clients include: Furniture Bank, Art Spin, VIBE Arts, Friday Things, Jayli Wolf, Pulga Muchochoma, Dani Kind, among many others.

In 2023, I raised $4.02 million for my clients. I have experience with writing grants for a huge variety of projects and budgets (up to $1.4 million) with a wide variety of funders including the Government of Ontario; the Ontario Trillium Foundation; Department of Canadian Heritage; The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport; the Metcalf Foundation, FACTOR Canada; Canada Media Fund; the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the Toronto Arts Council; and private foundations.

Having Lindsay's help on our grant applications has been a huge benefit to us. Aside from being a skilled writer she is also a great listener, something that enables her to accurately distill our ideas and present them in a concise and articulate manner that really takes the needs of the jury members who will be reading our application into consideration. The fact that she has experience with all aspects of the granting process makes her a trustworthy collaborator who always brings clear opinions and fresh insights to our working relationship.

—Art Spin

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I reached out to Lindsay because I had never applied for a grant before and was totally intimidated by the process. That was a great decision—Lindsay demystified the application, asked insightful questions that helped her understand what I was trying to accomplish, then expertly translated my company's story and my project idea into a clear, compelling and well-researched grant application. She was super patient with all of my questions, and made many helpful suggestions that speak to her years of experience crafting successful grant applications.

—Stacy Lee Kong, Friday Things


My debut novel, Letters to Amelia was published in 2021 to great critical acclaim, and my first picture book, Dear Street will be put Spring 2023. I have also been published in various publications including "Where The Nights are Twice as Long" (Goose Lane Editions, 2015), The Lampeter Review, Taddle Creek, room of one's own, Grain and Descant. My hand bound books of poetry have recently been added to the permanent collection at the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library.

I received my B.A. with Honours and my Masters in English from the University of Toronto, and am the creator of the internationally-acclaimed Love Lettering Project, a community engagement project. Since 2004, I have been asking participants in over 250 events to write love letters to the communities and hide them for strangers to find, spreading the love. The project has been all over the world - from New York City to Whitehorse, Toronto to Teresopolis, Brazil, L.A. to London.

The Love Lettering Project has been featured in international media including The Atlantic's CityLab, NPR, The Londonist, CBC Television's The NationalGlobal National, CTV's Canada AMToronto StarThe Globe and Mail and CBC Radio's Metro Morning and World Report and was deemed one of the 50 reasons to love Toronto by Toronto Life. CBC Radio even named the project a national treasure.

Lindsay brings deep expertise and a supportive coaching style to her grant writing practice. Her input and edits helped me clarify my project design and tell a more meaningful and impactful story about my work while growing my knowledge, skills, and confidence as a first-time arts grant applicant. She was responsive and constructive in her feedback and I appreciated the warmth and enthusiasm Lindsay brought to the process of working together.

~ Zena Sharman