Key learnings from Grant Workshop
- Make no assumptions regarding the assessor’s prior knowledge in relation to the project – all critical information must be included in the grant submission
- Clarify details of the ‘scorecard’ which the application will be assessed against and ensure you have addressed all criterion in your submission
- Inspire confidence through referencing similar projects you have undertaken to highlight relevant experience and the fact you have a track record of delivering projects on time and on budget
- Structure of the pitch and the importance of it being easy to read and understand for everyone (i.e. simple language and written for non-experts in that field)
- By separating the pitch and the concept skeleton each into multiple steps or parts, it will make sure you cover everything that you need to include and can simplify things (e.g. helps you write clearly and not use too many words unnecessarily)
- Only repeating when necessary, and thinking about which points the assessor will remember (i.e. by thinking about in which order you give which pieces of information)
- Being able to back up what you say with evidence
- The plan to succeed checklist was excellent and definitely gave us something to work on as far as monitoring the progress of our grant submissions in the future
- Importance of the initial pitch – succinct summary to sell proposal and immediately communicate a clear picture of the project
- The skeleton concept and affirming the value of using one-page diagrams/flow charts to outline a project proposal
- Keeping lists:
Project Initiative list
Other funding sources
Application Checklist and a Project Skeleton
- Speak to the funding provider (not to misinterpret anything and get some advice on the application before submitting)
- There is value in submitting unsolicited tenders by identifying trends and pre-empting funder needs
- Be prepared – Planning e.g.:
Do your homework; contact provider; understand the application requirements; address all criteria effectively
- Key to writing the “pitch” and being recognised:
- Developing the skeleton – long before grants become available.
How closely this all ties without project management methodology?
In closing, remember, WHY?
Question: Why is RDA Adelaide running these workshops?
Answer: Because the then-deputy Prime Minister, MP Warren Truss said “1/3 of Grant applications are not assessed because of incorrect paperwork”.
We don’t want great projects in our region disqualified for having a poor application.
Good luck with your Economic Development Grant applications.
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