Writing a good grant application takes time, practice and a clear understanding of the grant writing process. It works best when it is part of your organisations overall fundraising strategy. Below are some resources to assist you to prepare your grant application.
DOES YOUR GRANT APPLICATION MEET THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Often community organisations may have a brilliant idea for a community project and they look to apply for a grant to get this idea off the ground.
To turn your great idea into a project that can win funding it is really important to look at the eligibility criteria of the grants you are planning to apply for. For example, many grants do not cover operational expenses such as staff wages. It can help to write down all the expenses you require to get your project off the ground such as staff, equipment, venue hire or consultants. You can then work out what is eligible via the grant and what can be funded via alternative avenues.
Eligibility criteria is listed in the grant guidelines. It is important that you read these thoroughly before you start applying for a grant. If you are unsure always talk to the grant funding body to clarify. There are a lot of grants out there so make sure you look for the ones that work for your project.
THE APPLICATION DIDN’T SATISFY THE PURPOSE OF THE GRANT
Grants are a tool that funding bodies use to meet a particular aim. You may have a really great project idea, but unless it aligns with the goals of the funding body you will be unlikely to win that grant. It can be helpful to have a look at type of projects that the funding body has previously funded or have a discussion with the funding body about what they are looking for. In the long run this can save you time as you will know if the grant you are looking at will suit your project.
THE APPLICATION DIDN’T INCLUDE ALL THE REQUIRED INFORMATION
When applying for a grant it is important to answer every question. You should also include all the supporting documentation requested. This includes information like a quote or estimate of the budget expense items. Quotes, even if they are informal, assist the grant assessors to determine if a budget is realistic and provides value for money.
Including all the supporting documentation gives you a better chance of winning the grant as it demonstrates that you have a prepared and considered project.
If you're writing a grant application for the first time or need guidance on how to improve your application, read our informative guides below.
Grant Documents in other languages
Workshops and Courses
NOT THE NIGHT BEFORE - GRANT WRITING E-COURSE
Starts 17 January 2022
This is a free, self-paced grant writing course for people new to or less experienced in grant writing. It is delivered via eight emailed modules and aligns with the City of Ryde Community Grants round to assist you through the grant application process. The course is available in English, simplified Chinese and Korean language. Click on the buttons below to register.
City of Ryde Grant Writing Information Sessions
Do you want to know if a City of Ryde Community Grant is the right fit for funding your project?
The following sessions may be able to assist you:
- City of Ryde Community Grants Workshop | Register Online
- One to one Community Grants Meeting
For further information about the City of Ryde Community Grants or to book a one to one meeting contact Team Leader Community Grants Ph: 9952 8048 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the City of Ryde Grant Finder for further tips on applying for grants.