The establishment and development of the NDIS have led to a wide range of grant opportunities for community and other organisations across Australia to apply for NDIS and NDIA Grants and funding. These generally come in the form of programs or grants such as the Partners in the Community Grants Program.
Take a partnering approach
The NDIA want you to partner with them. They want to you to adopt a collaborative approach, have a clear plan, but some flexibility and agility. This needs to be reflected in the language you use in your grant submission. You need to talk about how review processes will be completed in conjunction with NDIA stakeholders where applicable, and how you are going to work with the NDIA to make decisions about your program that have not been finalized yet in conjunction with them.
It’s all about taking a partnering approach.
Hit the hot buttons
This is basic, sometimes boring and absolutely critical. You need to demonstrate that you understand their programs and their language. One of the best methods for doing this is to integrate the language from the question and the briefing document into your responses. For example, there may be a heavy focus in the grant on ‘personal capability building’ or ‘community capacity building’. These are terms which you will need to integrate into your response. It’s best to be careful and use the language from each individual question. That way, you can be assured you are focused on the question, and you can be equally confident you are responding to the question and using the terminology the procurement panel is comfortable with.
Meet the criteria
If it’s 700 words, write between 650 and 700 words. If you don’t have the required registration, consider if it is worth applying or how to get the registration to make sure you comply. If the grant is targeted at small businesses and you are a large organisation, consider whether you are the type of organisation they are looking at awarding the grant to. You need to meet their criteria in order to be considered and rewarded for the grant, and if you do not meet all the criteria, consider which criteria you do not meet, why if it is mandatory or not and if it is worth spending the time on applying for the grant.
These are crucial tips for winning NDIS and NDIA Grants and should be taken into consideration when applying.
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