Tips for writing a funding submission
1. Address the instructions or guidelines of the grant
All briefs feature an outline of what to cover in the submission / application (proposed methodology, budget outline, etc). Follow this structure as closely as possible, answering all questions thoroughly and with supporting evidence.
2. Address the selection criteria
Address the selection criteria directly and thoroughly. If the brief states that funding is to support projects within sporting communities, ensure your submission demonstrates how your project does exactly this.
3. Include a clear and itemised breakdown of your proposed budget
This is essential. Governments must be accountable for their allocations of funding. Budgeting within your proposal must be transparent and easy to follow e.g. exactly how will the $5,000 be spent on 'infrastructure'? How did you arrive at your estimates? Include any relevant quotes your have obtained to cost the project. Where the government is not the sole funder of your proposal, provide evidence of other funding you have secured and any partnerships established.
4. Be succinct
Answer all questions and criteria thoroughly, but use concise and clear language that provides only the essential information. Unless specifically advised, keep submissions to a maximum of 10 pages.
5. Be detail-oriented
A submission brimming with spelling errors, inaccuracies, unsourced references and missing attachments will not inspire confidence in the applicant. Always supply the number of proposal copies requested, date and sign your proposal, include all attachments referred to and list your referees' latest contact details. Focus on presenting a professional, thorough and 'tight' submission. Have someone not involved in the project check the application before sending it out.
6. Convince the panel
Provide a strong argument for funding. Outline how this project will benefit the target audience, justify the expenditure clearly, outline why this project is important and should happen. Convince the evaluation panel that your project should be funded. Although government funding packages are an excellent opportunity for project support, explore alternative options. Look at establishing a partnership, applying to philanthropic trusts, holding fundraising events or involving key community groups and pooling resources. Creative options may also mean more flexibility with your project.
- Ring and talk to the funding body before submitting your application
- Follow the guidelines and criteria exactly
- Clarity, simplicity and brevity
- Be accurate
- Show demonstrated support from the community (letters of support)