Grants are essential means of funding for many organisations. And it’s not just non-profits and startups. Even established businesses apply for grants.

Being successfully awarded a grant can really boost the outcomes of the successful organisation for their communities or other stakeholders. Grant writers play a vital role in securing a portion of the millions of dollars in grants available in Australia annually, sourced from corporations, government bodies, and philanthropic entities.

If grant writing is on your radar but you don’t know where to begin, here are some strategies to get your grant writing skills off to a flying start.

Our 5 tips for becoming a proficient grant writer

1. Get familiar with every detail of the grant application and process

The organisation issuing the grant wants to be sure that their money will be well spent. Hence, grant applications can be complex and intricate. They often have several components including the questions you must answer, presenting a project plan, and preparing a budget. You will also need to describe the expected outcomes. Thoroughly review all the grant information before starting. Understand every requirement, including page or word limits and submission deadlines. It’s crucial to comply fully with these requirements. You may need to collaborate with colleagues or external consultants, such as accountants, so it’s wise to be prepared.

2. ‘Why’ – explain your purpose

Identify the core purpose of your project, program, or initiative. Begin by summarising in one sentence what the grant will fund and why it matters. This will give you clarity. Your application must articulate a compelling rationale for the funding and the expected outcomes of your initiative. Additionally, align your proposal with the funding organisation’s goals, particularly if it’s a government grant, to show how your project will fulfil their objectives.

3. Pay attention to all the details

Your grant application should detail why your project is essential, your methodology for the delivery of the project or initiative (that is, what you propose to do and how you will do it), who will deliver it, where, and over what timeframe, the expected outcomes, the budget and how you will spend the funding, plus your tools for measuring its success.

Ensure your budget includes all potential sources of income and all costs, such as salaries, travel, supplies, and more. Exclude costs that the grant does not cover.

4. Write clearly

Consistency is key in grant writing. Ideally, one person should write the application to maintain a unified style. Write clearly and concisely, making your points quickly to facilitate the assessors’ understanding. Use bullet points and subheadings. Use terminology from the grant information, and weave a compelling narrative about your project. Back your claims with research such as data and statistics. Clearly demonstrate how your project aligns with the grant objectives.

If there are word count limits, stick to them! They are there for a reason and going beyond these may mean that your application is not assessed.

5. Review and revise

After drafting your application, have someone unfamiliar with the content to review it. After their reading of the draft they should understand the project’s purpose, significance, delivery, and expected outcomes. Their feedback should focus on content clarity, narrative engagement, and any grammatical errors.

Do you need help with your grant applications?

Engage with the skilled grant writers, editors, and proofreaders at Tender Writers. We will ensure your grant applications are thoroughly polished and positioned for success. Contact us at 02 8036 5532 or 0448 566 377 to explore our services.