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Tips for Writing Grants 

Before you launch into writing a grant application, you need to understand if you’re “grant ready”.

To set yourself up for success, you should be able to answer “Yes” to all the questions below. If your answer is “No”, you need to spend more time considering and developing answers to the question or questions…

Who Your Club or Association Is & What You Do

What do you want to do?
Why do you want to do it?
What do you expect to achieve?
How much will it cost?
How much do you want from whom?
How much (and what) will you contribute yourself?
Do you have enough time to complete the grant application?

Do you meet the grant eligibility criteria?

Hopefully you’ve passed the grant ready self-assessment and are ready to develop your grant application… here’s our Top 5 Tips for Grant Writing

1 – Know Who You Are

The “Brief Description of your Club or Association” question appears in almost every single grant application

Being able to clearly define who and what your organisation does is vital.

A good place to start is looking at your Mission or Vision statement.

2 – What’s Your Business Case?

You need to establish the problem you want to address.

To do this you need to:

  • produce evidence (data, research, case study etc)
  • demonstrate support (if you say the council or community group are behind your project, you need to prove this via a letter of support or include them in surveys etc)
  • align your project outcomes with the priorities of the funder (if you’re unsure, speak to the grant provider about your idea)

3 – Define a Clear Project/Program

Answer the following three questions:

  1. What are you going to do?
  2. How are you going to do it?
  3. How will you measure success?

4 – Know How Much It Will Cost

Establish a budget and get quotes.

Demonstrate what your contribution as a club or association is – even if it’s in-kind or volunteer labour (The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates volunteer work is worth approximately $22 per hour.)

Projects are more likely to be funded where the requesting organisation is making a contribution, as well as other organisations – especially for infrastructure/facility grants (ensure your letters or support refer to any financial contributions).

5 – Quality Control

Get people to read over your application. Ideally they wouldn’t been involved in writing the grant or developing the project idea.

Your application should be easily understood by someone that isn’t involved in your program or club.

Aim to complete the application and submit prior to the due date. With a shift to online application forms, you want to avoid submitting at the same time as everyone else and risk the website crashing and you missing the submission deadline.


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