Grants Explained

Introduction

Grant funding is a way to help build thriving communities. Our aim is to empower local businesses, community groups, sporting clubs and not-for-profit organisations to easily find and successfully apply for grants to turn ideas into reality…without wasting time and effort.

The purpose of grants

Grants are part of a bigger picture and are offered by government and occasionally by corporations to help fulfil their policy and aims. Where your project aligns with these aims and helps to achieve those goals, then you might get a grant. Submitting a grant application is the wrong place to start if you have not considered the intention behind the program.

How do grants work?

Grants are generally provided for projects with a beginning and end, rather than to just run your organisation. Grants are available for a broad range of activities with a business or community focus.

Most people are just so happy to find a grant program, they don’t stop to consider whether they should apply. And that is where most applicants go wrong. Our aim is to empower you to build a strong and successful approach to grants, so that you can tap into grants again and again, without wasting time and effort.

You need to identify a specific need and present it as a project with a beginning and an end. Focus is generally on the following areas:

Business Grants

Grants are a way to start, establish or expand a business with the aim to increase productivity, jobs and economic growth in areas such as:

  • Research & Development
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability and Green Technology
  • Export
  • Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • IT & Communication Services
  • Medical & Biotechnology

Community Grants

Grants assist groups to deliver a particular community service or address an identified need such as new community infrastructure or host an event/festival. Many community grants fall within the following categories:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Heritage
  • Community Service Initiatives

4 Steps to Grant Success

To increase your chances of success, we suggest the following approach:

What could go wrong?

Most people start and end at step 3 – grant writing. As a result, most grant applications fail, leading to lost time, effort and money.

It is important to start with steps 1 and 2. By constantly seeking and applying for grants that are best suited to you, you increase your chances of being successful. And as you apply for more grants, your internal capability will increase.

Getting started

All grants differ in their requirements and eligibility criteria. Be prepared to be assessed in relation to all aspects of your organisation and activities, including:

  • Your management capabilities
  • Organisation structure
  • Budget and turnover
  • Tax status (if you are a NFP it is usually best to have Deductable Gift Recipient tax status)
  • Outcomes and achievements to date