Use these key tips to help you submit a strong grant application
- Think carefully about the project. Ask yourself “What is the outcome we would like to achieve for the community, and how will we achieve it?”
- Brainstorm the project concept. Find other people or groups who are working in related areas or who might want to work with you on this project.
- Plan the project. Make sure you have thought through the six key questions – What, Why, Who, How, When, How Much?
- Write a draft (using the Word template). Get other people to review your draft and make suggestions. The application needs to make sense to people who are not already familiar with your project.
- Read the eligibility criteria carefully and make sure your project meets all the criteria.
- Keep your application short and sweet.
- Use language around gaining support for an investment in the community, rather than the expectation of a gift. Don’t assume your right to funding.
- Ensure timeframes and budgets are realistic.
- Talk about how the community will benefit from the project.
- Read the FAQs. Even if you don’t think you have any questions, you might learn something new or gain further insight into how best to apply.
- Don’t use emotive language. Just try to deal with the facts.
- Briefly outline the need or the problem that needs fixing, but don’t dwell on it. FLA is well aware of the need for better financial literacy. Focus on the solution and how the community participants will benefit from the project.
*adapted from tips by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal