Free range approach to grant writing

Free Range Approach To Grant Writing
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  • Dec 20, 2021
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As a grant writer it can be tempting to try to write the ‘perfect’ grant as soon as you commence the project.

Reality is that when grant writing it is often more effective to let creativity flow for the first draft of the application. As you read the grant invitation start writing what comes into your head in note form, bullet points or sentences. The important part of this process is to simply let your thoughts and ideas flow. They can be organised later.

As you write the first rough draft, add notes about facts or research you want to include or information you need to find out, documentation you have to read or include. It can be useful to use different coloured fonts to highlight these in your draft.

If the grant writer finds themselves struggling during this process and unable to get the sentences to form or the paragraph to be complete simply highlight them to look at later and continue moving on. This first draft – the free-range draft if you will – is all about brainstorming and following the flow of thoughts that are prompted by the grant invitation. This is your rough diamond; the cutting and polishing can come later.

On this first draft don’t try and stick to word counts or word limits. It is actually better to have too many words and be able to refine and edit than to have to add more words later. Our grant writer in Sydney can edit the free-range draft to be more specific and focused after all their ideas and thoughts are committed to either paper or screen.

When the grant writer starts editing, they can highlight the key words from the grant invitation in order to demonstrate that they have addressed each criterion in focused and specific detail.
The most effective time to write the introductory summary that will be in the grant submission is after everything else is written, edited, polished and finalised. Having written all the more detailed requirements of the grant submission such as the work plan, the benefits, the needs statement for the grant application writing the summary should be relatively easy and straight forward.

The grant writer will demonstrate clearly why the project or program funding is being sought for is important. They will provide an outline of what the need is and how it can be addressed as well as why the applicant organisation is best qualified to provide a solution for the need. This is where the grant writer is persuading and motivating the selection committee to select the organisation and their project or program to receive the funding so be persuasive and convincing.

When the free-range draft is complete the grant writer can then begin their polishing process. As part of their editing and polishing the grant writer pays attention to formatting –

  • Using short sentences; short paragraphs; and bullet points rather than large blocks of information.
  • Using bold headings to clearly identify each section of the grant application.
  • Selecting a professional and legible font and appropriate font size for clarity and ease of reading.
  • Checking word counts

The grant writer also ensures the free-range brainstorming draft has now become a professionally written grant application that is simple and concise to read. Avoid the use of jargon instead choose concise and clear language. The grant writer attaches all the requested documentation and supplies detailed information about the applying organisation or company and the core personnel who will be associated with putting the grant project into place.

Writing a resume to wow the employer

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  • Dec 02, 2021
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When submitting a resume one of the most important facts to keep in mind is that you have 7-10 seconds to grab the attention of the reader before they put it aside for the next applicant. If the resume writer grabs their attention, they will then read the entire resume carefully, looking for confirmation that the job application writer has the skills and capabilities to match the position. (more…)

Grant writing – Why now is the time to strike

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  • Nov 15, 2021
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New grants are being announced every day to help not for profit sporting and community groups and organisation to help with economic and community recovery. Applying for a grant is not an exact science, although there are steps you can take to increase your group or organisation’s chances of receiving funding. Here are some tips that will elevate your grant application to the top of the pile. (more…)

The RTB Tender Process

The RTB Tender Process
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  • Oct 25, 2021
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Given how exhaustive preparing a tender bid is the tender writer tends to follow a well organised pattern in preparing a bid to ensure maximum potential for success. (more…)

What do we need to write an effective grant proposal?

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  • Sep 09, 2021
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When the grant writer Sydney is starting to write a grant proposal or several grant submissions for an organisation there is certain information that they need to learn to have a visual picture of the organisation’s vision and needs. Having this knowledge and understanding enables them to correctly match their client with appropriate grants. (more…)

Attention grabbing resumes

Attention Grabbing Resumes
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  • Aug 28, 2021
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We all know the job market is a competitive situation with potentially dozens of people all applying for the same position you are. So how do we grab attention and not in a bad way? How do we stand out from the crowd and gain an interview with our potential employer?
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Job Applications in the 2021’s

Job Applications in the 2021's
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  • Aug 13, 2021
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The job application has changed significantly in recent years with the proliferation of job search websites and apps. It is no longer a case of getting the Saturday or Wednesday paper and searching through the job advertisements and drafting up a response to the jobs that caught your eye. (more…)

Successfully applying for grant funding

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  • Aug 02, 2021
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There is no given to being successful in receiving grant but there are a few simple tips that can be followed to increase chances of success.

Be perfectly clear – The grant writer Melbourne who demonstrates with clarity the outline of the funding submission ensures the evaluation team knows what the project or program is, why it is needed, how it will be achieved and when it will be completed. The grant writer builds a case for the applicant that specifies the parameters of the project or program and its impact for the stakeholders or the community.

Budget for the proposal – The budget need to clearly match the project or proposal and need to be detailed, transparent and comprehensive. Every goal or objective should be costed out in full and included in the grant application. If the evaluators become confused, suspicious or irritated by convoluted and unclear budget forecasts and layout or feel there are gaping holes in the budget or the budget doesn’t match the proposal the applicant can find themselves overlooked for the grant funding.

Provide a clear statement of your funding needs – The grant writer Sydney will establish what the project or program is and what the grant funding will cover. The role of the funding should be perfectly clear in the accompanying proposal. There should be no ambiguity or estimates. Clarity and openness demonstrate commitment to your goals and objectives and a thorough plan to successfully deliver on your proposal.

Link the project or program to your organisation mission – As part of the grant submission the grant writer will include the relevant organisation information such as the mission, values, aims, goals, and objectives of the organisation. A vast majority of grant applications require identifying how the organisation is eligible for the funding and require demonstration that their ideals match those of the funding body.

Demonstrate ongoing and lasting positive impact for the stakeholders – Grant funding is generally available to improve services or fill a need for a particular group of people in the community. The grant writer will ensure as part of the proposal that the organisation is committed to the ongoing welfare of the identified stakeholders and how their project or program will improve things for them. Generally the grant writer will include examples of what the organisation has successfully done prior and how their programs will continue to fill a need within their community.

There are countless organisations and groups who are committed to improving the lives of people within the community and it is the role of the grant writer to work with their client organisation to find appropriate grant opportunities that match the requirements of their clients and to use their knowledge and experience to format a compelling and persuasive case for funding to assist their clients to deliver much needed programs and projects. The grant writer is experienced and professional and committed to achieving success for their clients.

Developing a Grant Strategy

Developing A Grant Strategy
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  • Jul 16, 2021
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First and foremost, what is a grant strategy? A strategic plan is a formal and organised plan that enables an organisation to document their direction for the future and how they plan to get there. They then use this information to identify their funding requirements and the funding opportunities they intend to target or pursue over a certain period of time. (more…)