Project Budgets: Where the Money Goes

Time limit: 180 days

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Full course description

Project Budgets: Where the Money Goes transforms the daunting task of budget creation into an art form. This course dives into the narrative power of budgets, teaching you to craft financial plans that tell the compelling story of your project. With a focus on clarity, specificity, and strategic organization, you'll learn how to shape a budget that not only meets grant application standards but also enhances your proposal's appeal.

Through practical, step-by-step guidance, you'll master the art of balancing detail with brevity, ensuring your budgets reflect your artistic vision and project goals. From consolidating line items for clarity to expanding them for thorough representation, this course covers essential strategies for both novice and experienced grant seekers. You'll also gain insights into conducting effective research and making informed estimates, crucial for assigning accurate dollar values to each budget category.

Designed by and for working artists in the diverse spectrum of creative industries—performing arts, visual arts, writing, filmmaking, and design—this course equips you with the budgeting skills necessary to develop narrative-driven financial plans. These plans not only align with your project ambitions but also powerfully communicate your vision to funders, setting your proposals apart.

Who Will Benefit

  • Artists and creatives across disciplines looking to enhance their grant application skills with effective budgeting.
  • Individuals seeking to align their project's narrative with a detailed and persuasive financial plan.
  • Anyone in the creative field aiming to improve their project proposal's success rate through better budget presentation and justification.

What You Will Learn

  • Define Budgeting Basics: Grasp the three-step process to create a detailed budget that mirrors your project narrative.
  • Tell a Financial Story: Learn to use your budget as a narrative tool, aligning expenses with your project's goals and vision.
  • Craft Persuasive Budgets: Develop skills in categorizing expenses and income and assigning accurate dollar values to strengthen your grant proposals.
  • Align Budget and Proposal: Ensure your budget supports and enhances the narrative of your project proposal, making a compelling case to potential funders.

About Peabody Pro

As working artists, we’ve crafted all the Peabody PRO offerings with you in mind. These aren’t just any courses—they’re a shared experience, developed by artists like you, for artists like you. We’ve listened to hundreds of our peers, integrating their insights to make these learning experiences truly unique. Dive in at your own pace and join our vibrant community of creative minds. Let’s explore, create, and grow together. Welcome!

What to Expect

Here’s what you can expect from a Peabody PRO course:

  • Engaging Content: We’ve put together materials that are informative, engaging, and make your learning journey enjoyable and impactful.
  • Targeted Practice Exercises: Step by step, we walk you through the process of adapting the content to your lived experience. These exercises are designed to provide practical, hands-on experience, ensuring you can apply what you learn directly to your work.
  • Additional Resources: To augment your learning, we offer a range of additional resources. These materials deepen your understanding and offer more insights into the subject.
  • Self-Paced Access: You have access to the course site for six months. Move through the content at your own pace, in a way that fits your schedule and revisit as needed as you develop your project proposal.

Your purchase provides you with 6 months of access to this course. You will interact with the content, but not with other students or an instructor. The amount of time this course takes is entirely up to you – the value you gain will be commensurate with the effort you invest.

Technical Support

Please direct all technical support requests to the Peabody Online support email. We will respond to requests within 24-48 hours. Requests received on weekends, overnights and holidays will be responded to on the next business day.

Accessibility Statement

The Peabody Institute is committed to providing all participants with the opportunity to pursue excellence in their learning endeavors. This includes providing disability related accommodations and services in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and our goal of delivering accessible, inclusive experiences. If you require accommodations to complete this course, please reach out to the Peabody Online support email. Please do not include any personal identifiable information such as social security number in any messages. 


Johns Hopkins University is not approved by Middle States for direct assessment credentials for academic credit. This course will not show on any JHU transcripts and does not count toward an academic record.