Indigenous grants are excellent opportunities for starting a project or opportunity that often employs or benefits indigenous Australians for the better. At Tsaks Grant Writing, our grant writers sit down and consult with our clients on all aspects of their next grant application.
We ask the following questions relating to indigenous grants and how we can put together a memorable, persuasive and informative application to turn your next project in to reality;
Who Are You?
Many grant providers, such as government departments and private corporations, want to know as much about you as possible on paper before committing further to your project in person. The following basic information for your organisation and key personnel is usually asked;
- Organisation Name
- Key Personnel Name(s)
- Organisation Status (ABN/ACN/Charitable Status)
- Contact Details
Information required in this section is to be expected and should be provided without any particular difficulties. Indigenous grants generally ask for this type of information as a norm, as well as information which identifies you as an indigenous organisation.
What Do You Do?
This section of any grant is an opportunity to show what your organisation (or yourself) does in terms of activities or prior projects aimed at indigenous Australia;
- Are you focused on social work or mental health care?
- Do you provide volunteer building projects for indigenous Australians doing it tough?
- Are you focused on economic opportunities, generating both jobs and income?
This section is an opportunity to demonstrate your portfolio of projects and what your organisation is already doing to make a difference in indigenous communities.
Grant providers grow confident and take any application for their funds more seriously when the applicant is able to demonstrate prior experience, no matter how small, in the field. Indigenous related activities should also be assumed to be a plus when it comes to having your application seriously considered.
Why Do You Need The Grant?
Not all needs are equal and answering this question, however it may be stated, is important to distinguishing your application from the competition. This question itself should be a general theme of any grant response and should show how your desire for the grant funds is both feasible, reasonable and able to be executed effectively.
The most basic responses to this question usually stem from the following;
- There are little or no funds available to establish the project in question
- Strategic relationship with the grant provider (long term objective)
- Increased credibility for the project itself if a prominent organisation or company is funding it
As there are various needs for grant funds (or money for that matter!), Tsaks Grant Writing advises our clients to always focus on one or two major selling points for a project. These selling points need be memorable and showcase how they have the ability to change something in indigenous Australia for the better or at the very least, attract significant local (and national) media attention within the field.
How Will You Use The Grant?
This question differs from the ‘Why’ of the grant in how it focuses on demonstrating all the meticulous planning and procedures in order to make the project not only a reality but a success. Don’t be too surprised if grant providers skip straight to this part and closely review what has been written.
These are the basic components for adequately covering this question no matter how it is posed, explicitly or as a theme;
- Financial projections – Grant Providers will be impressed if they can see where exactly you intend their funds to be directed.
- Proposed procedures/plans – While these documents can be altered to reflect changing conditions for using the grant funds, having a basic plan on how to make your project effective will only be a benefit over the long run.
- Indigenous Australian involvement – An obvious point but sometimes forgotten. Having letters of support or even better, indigenous key personnel, only drives home the point that the grant funds will be used seriously to make a positive difference in such communities.
With these components, Our team here at Tsaks Grant Writing is confident that our clients’ applications will be seriously considered for any indigenous grant application.
Call our Director and Grant Writing Specialist now on 1300 556 201 for an initial discussion about your indigenous grants requirements.