Are you Ready?
So, you have a project that needs funding and you’d like a grant to make it come to fruition. Before you search for a suitable grant, you will be well placed to be able to answer the following:
- Is the purpose of your project clear and does it fit with your organisations vision and business plan?
- Is your project well scoped and planned?
- How will you deliver the project?
- Is the project “shovel-ready”? Many grants wont fund projects that aren’t. Is there a project budget, are designs complete, approvals in place and quotes in-hand?
- Who is going to manage the project? What relevant skills and experience do they have?
- Do you have written support of other stakeholders, partners and interested parties?
Sources of Funding
RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island have teamed up with each of the regions’ councils to deliver the Hills & Coast Grant Finder – a regional solution for individuals, community groups, businesses and organisations to find grants, manage grant applications and even receive email alerts when new grants are released. As well, if you need assistance to write a grant application, the site provides a list of grant writers who service our region.
Click the image below to go to the Hills & Coast Grant Finder website.
Alignment and Eligibility
The right grant is the one that your project has the best alignment with. Unimaginable resources have been wasted by people trying to fit a round project into a square grant! Investigate the purpose of the grant. For example, is it to boost employment, lower carbon emissions, increase industry skill levels, purchase new equipment, grow tourism? If it isn’t clear enough to you, research the funding organisation or even give them a call.
Once you’ve found grants with the right alignment, its now time to check their eligibility criteria. Who is the grant open to? Are you in the right region or area? What can the grant funds be spent on? What are the matching funding requirements? If there is any component of the eligibility criteria that you don’t understand, or you feel you need clarification on, contact the funding body and ask.
Writing your Application
Anyone can write a grant application and practice makes perfect. However, not everybody enjoys writing applications. Its a laborious process requiring attention to detail, good writing skills, an ability to articulate well, sales skills and often an ability to manage a bunch of contributors. If your organisation or business doesn’t have someone with these abilities, you will benefit by seeking out someone with grant writing experience. A list of grant writers that service our region can be found on the Hills & Coast Grant Finder website.
Supporting evidence goes a long way to elevate your proposal above the competition. Unbiased demographic (population) data and economic data can be found on our Regional Statistics page. How best to utilise this data is presented with examples in this Grant Application Guide.
For large grant applications, it is often beneficial and sometimes mandatory to include economic modelling to demonstrate the benefits of your project to the community and wider region. RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island are able to undertake this work and/or direct your requirements to third-party provider. We can also provide you with a letter of support.