Creating a successful grant application
The two most common reasons grants are unsuccessful
Before we start looking at the application process it is really important to understand why a large number of grants are unsuccessful, and what goes into a successful grant application.
The two most common reason grants are unsuccessful is that:
- the project didn’t satisfy the purpose of the grant and
- the application didn’t include all the requested information.
One of the frustrations of clubs is that they assume that grant providers will contact them if their grant is incorrect, incomplete or missing requested information. But the reality is the grant providers simply don’t have time.
Not only do grant providers not have time to contact applicants but if an applicant can’t get the grant application correct then how likely are they to achieve the goal of the grant?
Generally, the first thing a grant provider will do is review each grant to determine if all the information is complete and that the applicant is eligible to apply.
If your grant is incomplete then you are immediately regarded as ineligible. It will then be unlikely that your application will not be considered any further.
The process of winning with a successful grant application
So your club needs funds for a project. Where do you start?
To make this process easier we have created a successful grant application process and checklist to guide you through the whole grant process. To download the checklist click here.
Another tip is to ensure you plan ahead. Read through the grant thoroughly and ensure you have everything you need to cover all criteria. Utilise everyone that can help in the club. If you need financial information, contact your treasurer. If you need to know how many members you have, contact your membership co-ordinator or relevant person. You do not have to do this by yourself!