Fundamentals of process competition for grants
The easiest way to compare the grant application to the search for a new job. Usually at the same position claims a number of different candidates. Search for a suitable job can be made easier by analyzing job offers and establishing direct contact with your potential employer. Only by taking these steps, you will be able to convince the employer to choose you. Without the search experience you are unlikely to be able in a short time to find a good job. Gradually, your experience will grow. So it is in the process of obtaining the grant. Each fund every day around the world and hundreds of attack even thousands of applicants. However, only one of them has a chance to get the funds, who took care to find out which of the funds in its aims and objectives is closest to the purposes and tasks proposed to the draft. Only them will succeed who established contact with the foundation and presented a professionally compiled the project application form. However, this is not gives a guarantee of success. After all, experience accumulated not only in the process of analyzing foundation and creating a projects, its accumulation contribute the results as acceptance and refusal.
It helps you understand how well you writing grant proposal.
All of the above only confirms the need to study the experience of others in the case.
Having familiarized with the experience of seasoned grant writers, you can give odds to their rivals – applicants in communication with the funds.
Who are your competitors? Non-profit organizations (NPOs) and other public structures. These names can be defined a variety of civil society actors: the church and
universities, clubs healthy lifestyle and sports halls, symphony orchestras and theater
troupe. These organizations operate at all levels of the social ladder – the local,
regional, national, international. Due to lack of local financial resources
Characteristics of funds
We distinguish two main groups found in the funds, which are available for
applicants from the any countries: public and private funds.
Public funds may be national and international.
They are based respectively on the financial flows from one or more countries. These funds shall at all times be accountable to those whose money they exist – before
taxpayers, and grants they can only provide a “stable” organizations, that is, those who have solid experience of successful implementation of public projects. Such funds
usually differ a fair amount of bureaucracy in their work, so it may seem that
chat with them takes too much time and effort.
Private foundations provide individuals, organizations and corporations. To that
category are founders of the spill size and nature of activity – from such
large international funds like the Soros Foundation, to small family foundations, such as
Foundation of Knut and Alice Wallenberg, the so-called “corporate funds” (corporate
foundations), as the Volkswagen Foundation, to special purpose funds, such as the “Raskob Foundation supports of catholic action”.
To write grant proposal in such a fund requires less time and effort; moreover, they are usually taken to subsidize solutions in shorter time. Unfortunately, the lack of information about the private funds makes it difficult to get help from them.
Public and private foundations have your own specific interests. They can
divided into the following categories:
– Specific areas of activity (promoting the development of civil society,
education reform, etc.)
– Specific population groups (catholics, young people, women, the homeless, etc.)
– Specific geographic regions (China, India, Eastern Europe, etc.)
– Specific institutions (hospitals, universities, churches, etc.)
– Specific objectives (subsidies for the purchase of equipment to carry out conferences, the initial investment in the improvement of organizations, etc.)
So as in public, and private foundations have their advantages and disadvantages, you will more chances to get financial assistance if you contact and those in the other.
Strategy for grants
The basis for successful competition of grants is confident and skillful time management.
Confidence. Many beginners are afraid that no one wants to fund their project.
It happens, people are ashamed to ask for money. Some scares drafting substantive budget (line-item budget). And what is the result? If you are not sure in a positive solution of your problem with the very beginning, your attempt will fail. Remember, we achieve what we believe ourselves.
Any experienced competitor will tell you that the key to success are confidence and willingness to work towards a positive solution, whatever the result of the first
attempts. Convince founder help such expressions as “we can”, “we will do” instead of “it would be” and “we will try”. Your optimism will cause founder confidence in you and make him believe the ability to implement your project. By adding a bit of perseverance, you get
a proven recipe for success. For example, one of the applicants failed nine times before
get funding of project. Remember, having succeeded once, you will spend less effort in order to win the next time.
Distribution of time
Write a grant proposal for one day you can not. First you need to to make a plan. Go from point to point, step by step, as much as possible. Each item should be worked out and verified that the proposal is entirely produced winning impression. Having made the first application, you will gain experience in making the most difficult parts of the project as budget, the section on goals and objectives. You can always use an ready successful formulation and arguments of the old applications.
Start to prepare the grant proposal you need in advance to have time to carry out the project itself. Than earlier you start this way, the more time you will have to familiarize themselves with the interests of founders and with the process of writing the application.
To get the money for your project after a year, start to write an application today