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How To Find The Right Grant To Fund Your Project

February 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 156

Searching for relevant funding opportunities for your project is an important initial step to complete before writing your grant application. It is crucial to have a funding program in mind before you even start writing your submission. Finding the most appropriate funding program for your project is vitally important in achieving a successful outcome. However, for many groups finding the right grant is a difficult task. In this article, we provide some tips to help you find suitable funding for your project.

1. Have a project that is worth funding. Grant assessors will not just hand out money to every organisation that applies for a grant. Your project must meet a real need in the community and must clearly demonstrate community benefits.

2. Research widely for the available funding opportunities. Review government, philanthropic and corporate grants and see if your project meets their requirements. If possible, search the Internet for the websites of the agencies offering the funding programs. Many of these agencies have a grant search facility. Keep an eye out for newsletters as they may list the grant opportunities available. It is important to take note of all the funding programs available and relevant to your project.

3. Read newspapers. Local newspapers sometimes announce local Council grant or funding opportunities available to the local community, while in Australia State and Federal funding are generally advertised in major newspapers every Saturday and Wednesday.

4. List down other non-profit groups within your area and find out if they have previously received grants. Study their annual reports or talk to them if possible as they might be able to point you to the right direction.

5. Become a member of a peak body representing your community, industry or sector. These organisations will be aware of any grant opportunities that are available. Also if possible, get in touch with a representative of agencies offering programs to talk about your project and any funding opportunities that may be available to you.

6. List down all the government bodies that you regularly interact with. Ask these organisations for information on the grant opportunities available, or you can check their websites for information regarding the current funding they offer. Keep in contact with local, state and federal politicians. Get added to their mailing lists and ask them to pass on any opportunities to you that they become aware of. Also, think of foundations that support your organisation's advocacy and enquire if they provide grants.

7. Carefully match your project with the requirements or criteria of the funding program. Different funding agencies will have varying requirements relating to the eligibility of applicants and the application process. For example, if the funding program is only available to non-profit organisations located in the inner suburbs of Brisbane, then apply only if you meet that criterion. Your project and grant application must respond comprehensively to the criteria of the funding program. Also, study the goals and objectives of the program. Your project's goals and objectives must closely correspond to these requirements.

Some final tips

Keep in mind that there are thousands of dollars in government funding, non-profit grants and community funding available each year, so it really is just a matter of knowing how and where to search for one that is the most relevant to your project. If you are having a difficult time looking for the right grant for your organisation's project, then consider getting the help of a grant writing specialist. A grant writing specialist is knowledgeable and experienced in all the stages of the grant writing process, including grant research and may be the key to help you find and win the most appropriate funding program for your project.

This article was written by Tom Jerrat for Red Tape Busters. Red Tape Busters is a tender writer and grant writer service that specialises in writing grants and tenders for non-profit organisations in Australia. They have the experience and know-how in grant writing and tenders. Visit for more information.

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