Drafting a grant proposal and filling out the application form is one of the most integral parts of fundraising. An effectively written grant application can result in large sums of money for your fundraising group. Your men and women would appreciate the sacrifices involved in completing the grant application process, though we must warn you it may be a long and bumpy road! This article hopes to inform you about what grants are and what you need to do to ensure approval.
Grant Applications in Abstract
Grant applications include, but are not limited to the following documents and information, but these are the most important:
Letters of Reference. These are letters from people who can attest to your strong moral character and vast experience.
An Official Proposal. A detailed explanation of what the grant money will be used for.
A Financial Plan. This would be a micro-analysis of your financial requirements.
Document of Resources. This a list of all resources currently present and resources that may be needed.
Complete list of Group Members. Including both workers and volunteers.
Goals and Plans. What you envisage your fundraiser achieving and your ultimate objectives.
The grant application will list all the material and documents needed for submission. We must emphasize once and for all that you must READ THE APPLICATION FORM FIRST and FOLLOW EACH DIRECTION WITH PRECISION. Your grant could be turned down even due to the smallest, least noticeable mistake, so BE CAREFUL! The moment most grant providers review an application with an error or two on it and notice the error, they won’t even bother to read the rest of the form. Proof-read your grant application, proof-rede your grant aplication, proof-read youre grant application – the deliberate misspellings are on there for a reason. Of course an actual proof-reading would be more complex, but you get the idea – it can be easy to let mistakes slip by if you are inured to a faulty, yet seemingly perfect document after a good few days.
There should be a sense of empathy and urgency in your grant application – what is your cause, why is it important and why do you need the grant? How many people are you expecting to be able to help? How do you plan to assist these people? You have a better chance to receive the grant money if you make sure your application is cogent enough to convince the provider. Most importantly, grant providers want to make sure the money is going to be used wisely and appropriately. With that in mind, you want your goals to be concrete and to be detailed when explaining them.
Last, but not least, be meticulous when filling out your application, don’t rush and be razor-sharp precise all throughout. Don’t rush through it, or you are bound to make some mistakes. Cull every financial document that has to be provided as part of your requirements, and again, Proof-read your grant application, proof-rede your grant aplication, proof-read youre grant application. If your application is well-written and accurate, it would stand out in the best way possible!