Rules for applying for grant funding

22 April 2022

Are you looking at applying for grant funding? The following basic rules may assist in deciding if a grant or funding project is right for you and your business, and increase your chances for success in applications:

1) Check your eligibility. Have you noticed that some funding seems to be made for your business and your needs? That you are able to tick all the boxes and are confident that this is the program for you? However, some grants and funding are not quite the right fit. Your idea or project may meet some of the eligibility criteria but not others. This is the time to stop and think about whether certain funding is right for you. If you have to change your idea or project to meet the guidelines, it raises questions about whether you will achieve the outcomes you need and if the funding body will achieve their outcomes as well.

2) Read the objectives and outcomes of the grant program, re-read them to make sure you understand them and are sure they align with you and your project. Highlight key words such as ‘innovate’, ‘startup’, ‘expand’ and ‘increased financial investment’ and include these in your selection criteria answers.

3) Understand the grant amount and take note of the funding available. There is nothing worse than applying for funding thinking that the funding is 100% of project costs, when in fact it is 50% and realising that you don’t have the additional funding to contribute. 

4) Know the grant period. Ensure that you can complete your project by the project period stated. If not, can you break your project down into stages and still achieve the program outcomes?

5) Assemble all the required attachments. Grant guidelines will list mandatory attachments and optional attachments. If you don’t include the mandatory attachments, your application will be rejected. Some of these can be quite detailed and take time to prepare. Ensure you take the time to prepare these attachments and don’t leave them till the last minute!

6) Check eligible activities. Not all expenditure on your project may be eligible for grant funding so this section is critical when working on your project budget. Also, noting when you can claim expenditure is essential as many programs only cover expenditure between the project start and end dates.

If you’re doing business in Australia, this guided search will help you find grants, funding and support programs from across government. Grants and programs finder

 There is a wealth of information available online about other sources of funding so set aside some time, define your project criteria and start searching!

 Need assistance? Contact the Business LEAP team on 1300 249 482 or for free business assistance and information.


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