There are a few grants suitable for community sustainability projects which close over the coming months. Our top tip: put yourself in the shoes of the assessment panel. Does your application really meet the guidelines / priorities of the fund? Get busy. Here’s our summary of possible grants for your group: Telstra Business Women’s Awards, 25 June These awards recognise women across Australia for their role in business. Nominations close 25 June 2013.  More information. Nuffield Farm Scholarships, 30 June […]

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Community gardens, farmers markets and food rescue organisations are set to benefit with $1.5 million in grants now open. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, has launched the Community Food Grant program, part of the National Food Plan. Community gardens, farmers markets and food rescue organisations will benefit from $1.5 million in grants. “This is an opportunity for not-for-profit groups to bring local communities together to grow, prepare and share food,” Minister Ludwig said. “These grants will also […]

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It’s hard for us to give unbiased advice to people about using professional grantwriters, because we is one.  But the challenge with using an external writer is that by the time you’ve briefed them, pulled together your supporting information, coordinated letters of support and proof-read their work, sometimes it’s easier to just write the damn thing yourself. The benefit of an external grantwriter is that (hopefully) they’ll question your responses and force you to hone your project to increase its […]

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Dec
20

Grant writing workshops

Our Managing Director, Samantha Morris, has more than 20 years grant writing experience and has a knack for sifting through waffle to help build a strong funding proposal. Her workshops are highly interactive, very popular, and have taken place in every region of Queensland over the past 10 years. The workshops follow a logical process for planning and writing strong projects and strong applications. With tonnes of resource material, and phone support after the workshops, participants leave with much more […]

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Dec
4

Where to go for grants

Wombat Creative resources Free Wombat Resources – we offer a range of resources at no cost. You can also sign up to our (kind-of) monthly e-newsletter which includes information about grants and not for profit news.  Our facebook page is where we announce funding opportunities as soon as we hear about them. Government resources Australian Government Grantslink Directory, www.grantslink.gov.au – a database of Australian Government funding programs. Always check with the funding program regarding closing dates and availability as these […]

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A UK organisation has released reports about a research project into communication experiences and practices, at the point of grant refusal, among selected grant making and grant seeking organisations.  The project came about as a result of the frustration and disappointment being experienced by many grant seekers, alongside the multiple pressures facing grant makers, in responding to grant seekers’ needs and in meeting their own range of obligations. The overall purpose of the research was to support learning and improvement […]

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Oct
29

Letters of Support

If you’re submitting a grant application and you need letters of support, here’s a few things to keep in mind: if your letter of support doesn’t actually offer any support, it’s not a letter of support. It’s just a letter. Challenge your supporters to make a commitment in their letter. It doesn’t have to cost them money. For example “while we’re not in the position to support this project financially, we are looking forward to sending our team along to […]

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