Grant writing skills matter

1Every year our local community groups put in 100’s of man-hours writing grant applications.

However, with the current fierce competitive nature of funding rounds, we more often than not hear about a number of good projects that have simply gone unfunded because the quality and detail of the application is just not there.

Unfortunately, grant writing is often considered very difficult, even more so than the actual project delivery. It is for this reason NACC and Rangelands NRM Coordinating Group held an informative grant writing course at the Irwin Recreation Centre last week.

The course, delivered by Bevan Bessen of Tunablue, brought together more than 15 enthusiastic NRM and local government representatives from across the State – including three pastoralists who travelled more than 700km – who were keen to obtain the skills to write winning grant applications.

Mr Bessen told the participants that winning grants is so much more than reading guidelines and meeting deadlines.

Top 5 tips to writing a winning grant application

    1. Don’t embark on grant writing without having clear project objectives
    2. Ensure the projects purpose aligns well with your organisation’s strategic plan
    3. Don’t underestimate a good ol’ brainstorming session with relevant people
    4. Contact your project collaborators as early as possible
    5. Get someone to proofread your grant application before submission

NACC Regional Landcare Facilitator Stanley Yokwe said “this training has helped provided our local community with further tools and skills to write exceptional grant applications and ultimately help attract more funding into the region.”

NACC thanks Bevan Bessen of Tunablue for delivering a very interactive and well-received grant writing course, and Rangeland NRM for an effective partnership with us in this event. We look forward to doing more of these type of events in the future.

This event is supported by NACC and Rangelands NRM, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme as part of the Regional Landcare Facilitator project.

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