Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Helping your local community group with Grant Writing

WAHM's  are usually community minded people and many their skills and abilities to assist their local community by participating in one (or more) organisations.

These women are willing to learn, research and train others and we need to be this way because we are MUM's! If you’re community organisation has asked you to consider grant writing as a way to raise funds for projects, then here are a few tips to help.

· I can't stress this one enough.  Read, read, read the paperwork thoroughly – know the guidelines, maximum amount that can be applied for, what the grant can be used for and what you can’t use it for, terms and conditions and reporting requirements to the Grant Maker.

· Do you know if your organisation/group eligible to apply? Does the organisation meet the general guidelines relevant to the grant?

· Be aware of the aims, purpose, mission statement of your organisation, budget, financials, timelines that need to be included in grant

· Who will be responsible for (a) overseeing the writing and application of the grant/s and (b) who will oversee the distribution and reporting of funds?

· It is vital to obtain relevant quotes – that is don’t get three quotes on 3 different pieces of equipment or services, make sure quotes are on similar items

· Always allow enough time to complete application and send it to grant organisation, don’t rush.  If you rush you will miss something and then your hard work won't even be considered.

· Talk to others in organisation and get their opinions on your application – they will be able to share ideas, editing and may bring some perspective that you haven’t considered that is relevant to application.

· Work with the Finanical Department of your organsiation and keep your budget is real and accurate.

· Making sure your application is easy to read, will help your chances of being considered so don’t have difficult to read fonts and line spacing

· Tell the story of what your group wants to do – but make it to the point and clear to understand.

· Write up a checklist so that you can tick off and know that you’ve covered all requirements.

· Many Grant Makers/organisations have relevant people to assist you – contact them for help if you are unsure of questions and/or terms and conditions.

· When you’re grant is successful, take the time to review process, evaluate and address areas that can be improved, this will help you  and also help those you may teach about this process

· It is essential that all acquittal and reporting paperwork is completed and sent in, if you want to be considered for future grant opportunities.

The above information is to assist you as you serve your local community and the outcomes for you is that you may find yourself a paid position with these skills, even working from home!

Enjoy life – and learning!

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