Applying for Grant Money

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Job # 4072 Applying for Grant Money

Posted Date
Jul 2, 2007 @ 20:31
Respond By
Jul 5, 2007
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English (North American)
Age Range

Job Description

This voice over assists businesses and individuals who are applying for government grants and other types of grant funding.


The Basics of Applying for Grant Money

In order to get approved for a grant you have to first identify your need for grant money. This will in return help you decide what grant sources to pursue.

Don't let the grant writing process bog you down or discourage you. Yes, it sounds complicated - but it's not that bad. And it’s not necessary that you actually do the writing. In fact, a lot grant proposals were not written by the person who was awarded the grant, but rather by a professional grant writer. For those of you who would rather write your own grant proposals, make sure you read our grant course on the “Do’s and Don’ts of Grant Writing”.

The next step is to locate one or more grants that suit your purpose and needs. If you happen to locate more than one suitable grant, then make plans to apply for all of them. This will increase your chances of being awarded at least one grant. It’s important to think in broader terms when seeking grants for your purpose - and to seek grants with terms that you can meet. You probably won’t find a grant specifically for fixing up your car, attending hot air balloon pilot school, or installing new plumbing fixtures in your bathroom. But realize that most grants will allow for the regular payment of "administrative costs" - which could amount to a regular "salary" for you in return for carrying out the terms of the grant. Oftentimes, these terms can be fulfilled by you as a part time endeavor (or job) - providing you with additional income to fulfill personal needs that are not directly related to the grant itself.

When you do locate a grant that seems suitable, make notes of all the specific information provided, including the title and terms of the grant, and all the pertinent contact information. In the case of a U.S. Government grant, you will also need to note the CFDA Number - a five digit code that the government uses to identify that specific grant.

To start the process, you simply submit a letter of request to get an application packet for each grant you wish to apply for. Send these letters separately to the contact address for each individual grant. It’s important that these letters be written in a certain way and contain certain information - or they will most likely end up in the grant administrator's trash can. Each letter should be crisp, business-like, to the point, and printed on white 8” x 11” paper. Never hand write a grant proposal!

Next Complete and Submit Your Grant Application. Then follow up with the grant administrator every two weeks or so, until the grant is awarded. Much like following up on a job application - awareness of your name and your commitment in the minds of the decision making people will often turn the tide very much in your favor.

If your efforts don't produce success the first time, don't give up. Persistence is the key to winning grants. Just start the process over - the more you do it, the easier and more fruitful it will become.

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