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
There are several government and commercial websites devoted to providing grant information. They all have search filters to refine your search and some have email alerts to notify you of new and updated grants that match your search criteria:
- GrantConnect (Australian Government grants site)
- GrantAssist (South Australian Government grants site)
- Grant Guru
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. If you can’t find someone, Contact Us for assistance.
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.