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Hi. My name is Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer and I am a Grant Guru.

I am a grantmaker by profession, a writer by confession.

As the Executive Director of the Queens Council on the Arts, I have raised over $12M from traditional and untraditional arts funders including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Con Edison, public utilities, casinos and the aviation service industry to support hundreds of artists in all disciplines.

Over the past 15 years I have served on the following leadership and grant panels:
  • NYC Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission 2015
  • Americans for the Arts Executive Leadership Forum 2015
  • Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Panel 2014
  • Connecticut Office of the Arts,  Arts Catalyze Placemaking Program Panel 2014
  • Mayor DiBlasio’s Transition Team 2013
  • NYC Council Speaker Mark-Viveritos’s Transition Team 2013
  • New York Public Radio Multicultural Advisory Council 2013
  • New York Foundation for the Arts Emergency Fund Grants Panel 2013
  • Metropolitan Transit Authority Artist Selection Panel  2013, 2015
  • The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee Nonprofit Management Excellence Awards Panel  2012 – 2015
  • American Express Partners in Preservation Awards Panel for New York City 2012 
  • The New York State Council on the Arts Special Arts Services and Literature Panels  2011
  • NEA Local Arts Agencies Grants Panel 2009
  • Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Jury Panel  2008
  • The Rockefeller Foundation Inaugural Jane Jacobs Jury Committee 2007
  • The Mayor’s Cultural Arts Advisory Commission 2006
  • NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Per Cent for Art Panel 2005
  • Grantmakers in the Arts Regional Committee
  • NYC Arts Coalition Steering Committee
  • One Percent for Culture Steering Committee 
  • Urban Omnibus/Architectural League Advisory Committee
My passion is to help artists and creative entrepreneurs get grants, get their work out there and get to success in their businesses with mindsets & strategies that get to yes.  

Here’s what artists really need to master in order to be happy with a successful career and lifestyle:  positioning and strategy.

What do I mean by positioning?

By positioning, I mean the thinking and mindset that sets up your approach before you pick up a pen and write a single word.  By strategy, I am talking about the words you choose and the actions you take.

So, to overcome these 2 challenges, I pull back the curtain to show you how you can write grants for your work that funders want to fund and fans can’t resist – from a grant reviewer’s point of view!

Want to know more?  I am a:

  • Content contributor for Creative Capital, Fractured Atlas, Americans for the Arts, Grantmakers in the Arts
  • Creator and blogger of Create a Rich Life. Now at hoongyee.com


“Hoong Yee, I just got the NYFA Opportunity Grant!

The techniques you are teaching for grantwriting make a huge difference.  I’m using the ones that I wasn’t yet using in my grant proposals now. I highly recommend your valuable information to anyone who wants to grow their reputation as an artist.” Rica Takashima/Peekaboo Project

“We just received an important grant ($20,000) to help support the expansion of our 4-Year Plan to three new Partner Schools in Brooklyn this coming year from the Laird Norton Family Foundation!  Hoong Yee, thank you so much for the grantwriting guidance you’ve provided us along the way.” Cheri Walsh, Executive Director, Exploring the Arts

“Hoong Yee is a living New York treasure. There is no better person from whom to learn how to write winning grant proposals.” – Stephanie McGuire, Mezzo Soprano
“Hoong Yee is a true miracle worker. She recently provided a key solution to Kweli’s marketing woes.  Hoong Yee will not only change your life, she will change the life of your nonprofit!” Laura Pegram, Kweli Journal
“Working with Hoong Yee helped me really see my own reasons, and my own passion, for working at The Poetry Project through a new lens, and then helped me share that story to help make a growing world of creators.
Loved talking to you, thank you so much for sharing your amazingness with me. Yours, Stacy” Stacy Szymaszek, Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church



I’m a lot like you.  I am an artist too.

Years ago, with a story I was passionate about telling, I set out in life to be an author.

A successful published children’s book author and illustrator.

However, I quickly discovered this wasn’t an easy thing to do with a family, young children who were in little league and soccer games and dealing with other things art school never taught us about.  How do you create a balanced life out of all of this?

I decided to write a grant to help me get my book out into the world.

Was I successful?


I didn’t get this grant.  Or the one after.  In fact, I got so frustrated and overwhelmed by the process, not knowing what to say or how much to ask for and getting rejected without understanding why that I wanted to just quit and give up my dream of being a writer.

But someone came into my life at that very low point and taught me some simple yet powerful fundamental concepts about building a creative career with grants.  Suddenly, I realized that my dream was possible.   It was no longer a question of “how am I going to make this happen?” but “when am I going to make this happen?”

So, with a substantial struggle, I decided to invest in myself and learn everything I could about getting grants, getting my work out there and getting to yes to achieve my goals as an artist.  

And as a grant reviewer.


That last point is key.

Sitting on the other side of the table as a grant reviewer taught me what funders really want to know, why being the best artist may not be the best way to get a grant and the 3 things successful grantwinning artists never forget to do.

How? I learned that mindset and strategy is everything. I learned the power behind positioning comes from confidence and being ready.  From aiming towards yes by understanding the power of no.  And a no nonsense attitude towards clarity and results. Armed with these insights, I was on the road to writing clear, concise and compelling grants.  Successful grants that demand attention, create desire and get funded.

I’ve also awarded grants, read and reviewed grants over the past 15 years and taught grant writing on line and in workshops to hundreds of artists around the globe who have won millions of dollars in grant awards.

So what I’m saying is:  I know exactly what you need to get to YES.

Take a look at my LinkedIn profile to see my resume and those who recommend me.


I really appreciate you stopping by.

Your creative success is important to me and I want to know how I can help you create a rich life.