Top Tips for Grant Seekers, plus two grants still open
Bendigo, 14 August, 2012: The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) currently has two grant programs open to communities across Australia: the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program and Round 22 of the Small Grants for Small Rural Communities program.
The Foundation has received a number of enquiries about both programs. In response, they have released their top five tips for non-profit community-based organisations intending to lodge applications for either program.
Program Manager, Sophie Burke, advises community groups to consider the guidelines and eligibility criteria before lodging applications to ensure the organisation is eligible to apply and their funding need aligns with the grant’s purpose. She offers five tips that make for a good application:
- Make sure you answer the question that has been asked;
- Be clear, simple and focused in your answers;
- Demonstrate the community need for your project, and the broader community benefit;
- Make sure your budget is detailed and balanced; and
- Start your application now – don’t leave it until the last minute.
Sophie strongly recommends that community organisations include supporting material to strengthen their application.
“Letters of support are an effective way to demonstrate both community need and community benefit. Written quotes and costs provide solid evidence that the budget is realistic and well planned. These documents help the assessors,” she explained.
Her final tip is to make sure you're applying to the right funding program.
“Make sure you read all the information and guidelines available for the program, and ensure you understand the purpose of the grant and whether your project fits this program. If you aren’t sure if you’re eligible, contact the FRRR office for guidance,” Sophie says.
More about the open Grants Programs
The ANZ Seeds of Renewal program is looking for projects that help advance education and employment opportunities for disadvantaged and under-represented groups in regional communities of fewer than 15,000 people. Grants of up to $10,000 are available.
Applications for the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program close 31 August 2012.
The Small Grants for Small Rural Communities program is extremely competitive however, it is worth applying to as the program has unique aims and purposes, including:
- taking philanthropy to regional Australia
- making philanthropic money accessible to communities who would otherwise not be able to access such funding ,via FRRR’s unique tax status;
- providing a simple application process for grant seekers; and
- funding a broad range of community needs, including social and community welfare, economic, environmental, health, education or cultural development projects (as long as there is a charitable purpose and clear benefit for communities living in small rural and remote locations).
Applications for the Grants for Small Rural Communities program close on 28 September 2012.
If you'd like more information about either program, visit www.frrr.org.au or call 1800 170 020.