What should you include in a Project Plan?

It depends on the cost of the project.  As a guide, I’m basing my answer on what has successfully gained funding for my clients in the past.

Unless the funder provides a template, when creating applications for $250,000 or greater, we include the following elements.  The finished document usually contains 12-15 pages.  Feedback from national funders indicates this is exactly what they are after.

  • Project aim / Summary
  • Project scope / Deliverables
  • Quality criteria
  • Resources: human; other resources
  • Implementation schedule / milestones
  • Tolerences
  • Dependencies / Approvals
  • Procurement process
  • Budget and cost estimates
  • Risk management plan: external context; internal context; risk identification and analysis; risk chart (and accompanying likelihood, consequence and risk matrix charts)
  • Appendices containing: site plans; floors plans; and other relevant photos and information.

This list does not include the items that would be included in a Business Case, Feasibility Plan, or Cost-Benefit Analysis.

It’s imperative for larger projects that you consider the risks and address these in the document, explaining what will be put in place to manage them.

Top 10 findings: Grants in Australia 2017

The latest research findings on grants in Australia has been released.

Innovation Lab, an enterprise of ourcommunity.com.au recently published Grants in Australia: Annual research findings for Australian grantseekers and grantmakers, July 2017.

The top 10 findings are listed, along with relevant comments, grant tips and experience from Indigo Gold. [Read more…]

Startup? 9 tips for starting a business

Starting a new business can be very exciting, and daunting at the same time.  For the best chance of your startup being a success, make sure your business follows a hobby, passion or something that you care deeply about.

What is the most important thing to do?  Act now and get started!  If you are someone that keeps putting it off, you may need to reconsider your dream and focus on something else.

So, grab your laptop, notebook or whatever your weapon of choice is, and get started.  Chunk the tips into manageable sessions and you will progress well to starting your new venture.

If in doubt about your options, take the simplest path – you can always change or update later.  Remember, you will make mistakes, but action is the only way forward.

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