Applying for grants... applying for shows, festivals etc. many of these opportunities looking for proof that someone else prior had taken the risk on the individual applying and was met with positive responses. So in addition to grants and shows I'm also interested and applying for residencies and one work study program at BANFF. Although this particular opportunity doesn't result in large sums of cash for developing personal projects it does provide some stipend to live on (meager) but more importantly provides another place to develop skills, work with people in the field and make additional connections. Aside from the BANFF work study... which i really have to locate my resume for, I'm applying to Ars Electronica this year as well... again another application that isn't a grant but these are what seem to be the best to put energies towards right now.