Grant Writing Tips

Writing a Grant Application

Are you ready? 

A quiz before you start:

  1. Who are you? 
  2. What do you want to do?
  3. Why do you want to do it?
  4. What do you expect to achieve?
  5. How much will it cost?
  6. Who could you partner with?
  7. How much do you want and from whom?
  8. Do you have evidence to support all of the above?

If you can’t answer any of the above you may need to do some more thinking and/or have conversations with your community. 

If you are considering applying for a grant give the grant contact a call and have a chat.  This is great to establish a communication line with the funder to discuss your project early.  When the receive the application they already have an understanding of what you want to do and why.

The takeaway list

  • Check your eligibility under the grants eligibility criteria
  • Follow the application process well, and have a good look to see what is required and if you are eligible
  • Know your organisation and who will be responsible for the grant and project management
  • Produce your evidence – up to date data that is relevant to your application
  • Tell the story about what you want to achieve and what are the outcomes if you get the money
  • Demonstrate support for your project through letters from your partners or supporters.
  • Match up – show the organisation how your project  fits into their priorities as well – ring them up and have a chat if you don’t know
  • Clearly outline what you are going to do – usually under “aims” and “objectives’  of your project
  • Explain how you are going to plan you project
  • How you are going to measure how successful your project has been.  It is important to work this out at the beginning of the project.

Good luck and enjoy being involved in your special project.