How to Write Successful Grant Proposals. Carmichael Centre Facilitator: Caroline Egan, Consultant & External Relations Manager. Where to begin?. Worth Noting …. Ten reasons why applications succeed and fail. What the grant giver thinks ….
Carmichael Centre Facilitator:
Caroline Egan, Consultant & External Relations Manager
Ten reasons why applications succeed and fail
“A thoughtful and honest application always stands out in the crowd!... (it) isn’t a hurried and last minute dash to meet our deadlines with something dreamed up overnight. It is a serious and sincere attempt by your organisation to use its experience and skill to make a positive difference where it is needed”.
Children in Need Grant Guidelines 1998/99
The aim of the project is to reduce criminal activity by offering support and group work to young people
Inputs: staff, budget, venue, advertising
Outputs: One-to-one support sessions, outings, group work
Outcomes: After the project young people will be more confident, aware of alternatives to crime and training
Long term change: Less social exclusion and less criminal activity
1. Identify some of the issues/needs you might present to funders
2. How would you go about researching these problems and needs?
Where will you find relevant information?
2. Ensure your application delivers an answer to the stated need or a solution to the problem. Your experience and ability should be apparent in the application
3. Your proposal should convey solid planning and research and if possible vision!
4.Research the grant makers. Identify their priorities and applicant eligibility
5. Ensure that your aims and those of the grant makers are compatible
6. Do not limit your funding requests to one source
7. Before completing the application, contact the grant maker to check their guidelines
8. Ensure your proposal is complete, is an appropriate length and includes all required attachments
9. Ensure that your project’s aims and objectives are clearly and concisely written and that the proposal is worthy of consideration
10. Cover all important criteria: project purpose, need, impact, funds
required, applicant accountability and competence
11. Answer the key questions on the proposal checklist (typically
provided with grant application forms)
12. Demonstrate project logic and outcomes, and relevant support
13. Request feedback from the grant maker
- Remember that funders have a good grasp of costs!