How to start with grants

Knowing where and how to start can be hard and overwhelming when on the grant-seeking path. However, fear not dear reader! Let’s shift down some gears and look at a good place to kick off from, followed by some simple steps to take to get that grant confidently submitted.

Before logging into The Grants Hub directory

Write down a wish list of all the items you need funded to bring your project or event to life, for example, equipment, venue hire, professional development, program coordination fees, advertising, etc.

Please note, grants are rarely for organisational operating costs so check funding guidelines thoroughly for details on eligible funding items.

Begin searching by logging into your account with The Grants Hub

When searching in our Directory, we always suggest starting with a broad search first, allowing you to then narrow the search accordingly. Our members tell us that casting a wide search net initially has actually placed relevant grants on their radar not previously known about.

You can search either by a keyword in the search bar, such as disability or infrastructure or arts, or you can select one of the coloured category tabs such as Non-Government Grants, or Search All Listings, and go from there. Each time you hit search, those populated results can then be filtered by various fields including state or applicant type from the grey-coloured ‘Refine Your Search’ box on the left hand side of screen. Tip: Selecting ‘Best Match’ from the dropdown box under the green Search button will unlock the ‘Closed Grants’ box from this filter. Tick this box so you can see what closed grants might open up later during the year.

When you see a grant that catches your eye, follow the link we provide you to the funder’s website and read their guidelines to ensure you are eligible and that they want to fund what you need funded. When in doubt, always get in touch with the funding provider using the contact details in their guidelines. Providers would prefer you spend five minutes on a call/email with them to clarify, rather than you spending five hours writing an application that does not fit their objectives.

By using various included features, grants you like the look of can also be saved as Favourites or added to your Calendar for ease of future reference.

You have found the grant(s)

You have now isolated the perfect grant to apply for via a process of thoroughly reading the funding provider’s guidelines to ensure and understand eligibility, funding aims, eligible expense items and assessment criteria. Make sure you have ample time to complete the application before it closes.

Some grant-seekers, myself included, prefer to get a second person, such as a colleague, friend, or fellow committee group member, to check the draft grant application before submission. Having someone else proofread the draft can often bring to light any grammatical errors, holes, or even any areas where strengthening your case for support could be included.

Submit and cross your fingers. Hopefully you will be reaping in success in no time (well, sometimes recipients do have to wait up to four months to hear a result).

Finally, let us know if you are successful with your next grant – we love celebrating successes of others!

Kristine Hancock
Grants Researcher