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Five steps to writing a grant application

December 2015

If you're thinking about applying for the new Local Sport Grant Program or the Safe Shooting Program, then make sure you check out the five steps to writing a grant application below. 

1. Prepare

  • Read the guidance notes and FAQ to self-assess if your organisation and/or project are eligible under the program.
  • Register your organisation early in order to access the on-line application (if not already registered).
  • To register a project, search for your organisation using a key word from the organisation name – do not login to the organisation registration. 
  • Start on your project application early in the application period.
  • Have a thorough understanding of your project.
  • Read the project assessment selection criteria thoroughly.
  • Consider how your project will address the criteria and how you will support this with some form of evidence.

2. Plan

  • Work out your project timelines – be realistic and ensure they are within the acceptable time period for the grant program.
  • Prepare a realistic budget. Don’t ask for too little or too much. Check that all budget items are eligible under the grant criteria.
  • Identify the community groups that will benefit from your project.
  • Source any documents that are required to be attached with your application.

3. Write

  • Complete the application as fully as possible.
  • Ensure financial information is as accurate as possible.
  • Write clearly and succinctly.
  • Don’t exceed word limits.
  • Attach all the required supporting documentation.
  • Don’t include documents that are not requested.
  • You are able to work on your project submission over several sittings, so check information and make improvements before you submit your application.

4. Check

  • Show your online application to someone who has never seen the project or heard you talk about it.
  • After reading it – ask them to explain it to you.
  • Did they pick up the main points you wanted to make?
  • Did they know what you were asking for?
  • Refine your application and repeat this step until the other person can clearly and easily describe the project back to you.

5. Submit

  • Submit before or on time as late applications are not accepted.
  • Submit in accordance with the instructions.
  • Keep a copy of the notification that your application has been received and any identification code that is provided for future reference.