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ISSUE 18 January 2009

How to write a winning grant application…

Applying for funding can be stressful. This issue explains how to take the pain out of the process and make your application stand out from the crowd.

There is a lot of competition for limited resources and your application needs to stand out from all the others to ensure funding success. The success of your application starts with choosing the right fund. There is no point in trying to ‘shoe horn’ your project into an unsuitable fund. The timing of your project is also important. For example the European Commission can take months to decide how to allocate funds.

It is also important that your organisation can show that you are ‘fund ready’. This means funders are confident that: • The organisation is efficiently run; • It has a clear vision and long term goals; • It has resources to carry-out the project responsibly; • It has a back-up plan if the project runs behind schedule;

• And that any relevant policies are up-to-date.

For capital and start-up requests you need to have a sound business plan or your request for funding will be rejected.

The importance of presentation

Demonstration of Need

There is one key factor underpinning any application: demonstration of need. Funders are keen to see research regarding the uptake of similar projects in other areas, as well as what the effect of success would have in your area. In other words, who would lose out if they did not fund you and how would they lose out?

A local consultation would reassure funders that you have the full support of your potential users. Matching your project to the user’s requirements is fundamental to the success of an application.

Application letters Do’s and don’ts

If at first you don’t succeed…

Contact details


How to write a winning grant application…

Demonstration of need

A winning application

What do funders want to know?

The right mix…

Filling in application forms

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