Grant Writing Tips
I’m always on a quest to understand what grant providers are looking for. This includes grant writing tips and feedback from grantors.
Why? There are two reasons:
- So I’m up to date with the grant industry and can create grant applications that have the best chance of success.
- So I can share the wisdom with you.
From all the material I’ve gathered from Australia and internationally, I’ll soon be sharing the top 10 tips for grant writing. This will be a summary of all my research, with a sprinkling of my own experience.
In the meantime, I thought I would share some tips from two national funding organisations. They list the following information on their websites, so it’s likely the tips are created to help you improve what a lot of people are getting wrong!
Note: I’ve summarised and edited their information to make it easier to read.
Tips from Honda Foundation
Items generally NOT favoured during the approval process are applications which include:
- admin costs
- travel costs
- personal devices.
It can be better for charities to apply for an item which will support a wider community initiative.
For example, we donated new cordless microphones to the Yooralla Strike a Chord choir in Victoria. The choir comprises people who have experienced a stroke with a loss of speech called aphasia. Singing and melody are processed by a different part of the brain to speech, so those living with aphasia can still sing.
The donation had a double effect – supporting a grassroots cause and also empowering choir members to sing and raise their morale.
The Foundation receives 100s of applications each year which range from a few hundred dollars, to thousands of dollars.
Your pitch should be framed around story telling so we understand how a grant would change lives.
Also, the aim should be solution-focused. Identify the challenge and explain the solution and the steps to achieve it.
Grant writing tips from Ian Potter Foundation
Tips for before you start the writing process
- If you are unsure about anything – call to discuss – don’t guess!
- Don’t try to fit a square peg into a round hole. Read the funding objectives carefully to ensure your project is in with a chance!
- It is worth reading case studies and looking at the grants database to get a better understanding of what, how and who is funded.
- Write in clear simple English – avoid jargon.
- Avoid acronyms – assume we don’t know what they mean.
- Write in specific terms rather than generalise – especially regarding track record and outcomes.
- Ensure that your figures add up – check and check again.
- Ask someone who doesn’t know what your project is about to read the application before you submit it. This will make sure it’s clear and easily understood.