There are rules to follow when completing a grant application. Source: Unsplash/Toqfiqu-Barbhuiya.

Thomas Pollock and Bronwyn Reid

The nine rules to follow when trying to win grants

Thomas Pollock and Bronwyn Reid
5 minute Read

Grants are usually more hotly contested than a mob of seagulls striving to secure that elusive hot chip. Many organisations that take the time to apply end up bitterly disappointed when they receive notification reading “on this occasion, you have been unsuccessful”.

Most grant submissions fail due to two major shortcomings:

  1. They aren’t eligible in the first place, and/or,
  2. They aren’t prepared and ready to submit their response.

In this cheat sheet, we have brought together the rules and the absolute must dos to make your application stand out from the inevitable crowd.

The rules


Be choosy

Don’t pick the first grant you come across. Look around for the best grants to suit your project. Shortlist two or three, then determine which grant is the best for you.

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