Grants and where to find them.

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Blog

Grants and where to find them.
Grants are given as a specified amount of money to individuals, businesses or community groups. Grants need to be applied for and most often require follow up reports and evaluations on how the money is being spent or allocated.

Grants are funded by local, state and federal government departments, businesses and philanthropists or foundations.

There are a few simple guidelines when applying for a grant:

1. Research: make sure you find the right grant that “fits” with your business idea or project.
2. Read the guidelines and make sure you answer the questions.
3. Show there is a real need for your project.
4. Be clear (for yourself and for your application) on your goals and what you hope to achieve.
5. Provide clear and straightforward answers that are to the point.

SOME WEBSITES TO GET YOU STARTED:

Grantslink is a directory that has information about federal, state and local government funding programs.

Australian Council for the Arts provides over $160m in grants to artists and art organisations each year.

Australian Government Grants is an independent organisation that provides information and advice on grants and small business loans.

Our Community has an Easygrants newsletter and database that community groups can subscribe to.

Grant Search has a very comprehensive database which requires subscription to access.

There are also a lot of large business offering grants such as the Huggies Mum’s Inspired Grant and Woolworths Fresh Food Kids community grants, so keep an eye out and start applying

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