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Grants are funds set aside by levels of government, businesses or foundations to support a wide range of community purposes. Many of us would be familiar with local government and gaming grants for not-for-profit organisations.

However, grants may also be available to individuals, clubs, groups and/or organisations for specific purposes. For example, to encourage the development of arts & creative projects, business initiatives, community health, research, sport & recreation activities.

In most cases, for a project or proposal to qualify for grant funds, it must undergo a rigorous application and assessment process. And because grants tend to be allocated in a discretionary manner, there are particular skills and techniques which need to be employed in the writing of a winning grant application.

Spending a little bit of extra time fully understanding the grant application process may well provide you with that winning edge. Successful grant-writing involves solid advance planning and preparation. It takes time to co-ordinate planning and research, organise, write and package the proposal, submit the proposal to the funder, then follow-up. (Note: Many grants are recurrent – therefore, it may be more effective to allocate the necessary time rather than apply in haste and perhaps miss out).

To develop your grant proposal contact NISER Mob: 0417 792 944 or email niser@niser.org.au

In summary, to develop a winning proposal you must: write to the criteria provided; organise the attachments to your proposal; pay attention to detail and any specifications; use concise, persuasive writing.

Specifically, you must:

  • Research the proposed grant funding purposes, priorities and guidelines
  • Contact the grant body and be sure you clearly understand their requirements and gauge their attitude to your project
  • Confirm the eligibility of your project
  • Conform your eligibility to apply
  • Prove the case that there is a significant need and that a successful grant can best address this need
  • Deliver a solution to the need which reflects research, planning and a provable capacity to deliver
  • Make sure you indicate how a successful grant will produce positive results
  • Be truthful, logical and imaginative throughout your proposal
  • Target your proposal to a particular grant source, however, also consider funding requests to more than one source
  • Present your proposal in the appropriate format; make sure it is complete and include all required attachments
  • Do not waste words, use active rather than passive verbs, use proper grammar and correct spelling. In essence, be clear, factual, supportable and professional
  • If unsuccessful – seek feedback. If, after re-considering, you re-submit, always ‘take their coaching’ and add compelling new information
  • If successful – ‘Do what you say you are going to do’. If the circumstances change dramatically – request a variation
  • Finally, complete the project by reporting and acquitting the grant

Note: A well-written application has consistently proven to be a key factor in the grant decision-making process. Therefore, be clear about why you are seeking a grant, what you plan to do with the money and why your particular project stands out from the other applicants.

The questions that the grant application needs to uncover are: Who are you? How do you qualify? What do you want? What need will you address and how? Who will benefit and how? What specific outcomes will you produce and how? How will you measure your results? How does your funding request comply with the funding agency’s purpose, goals and objectives? Does your application have the necessary support? Is it logical, feasible and likely to work?

NISER has consistently proven to be a superior grant winning company and we can greatly assist your endeavours.

Contact NISER Mob: 0417 792 944 or email niser@niser.org.au