Grant funds are available from time to time to assist business and the community. Click here to view current available grants.
This information is general in nature – you should read the information material for each individual grant for detailed guidelines to assist you to decide whether to apply for grant funds.
- The process is usually a competitive one; that is, grant funds are allocated to the applicants who are eligible and demonstrate the greatest merit against the criteria. Each fund has its own set of eligibility and merit criteria.
- Typically, an applicant will need to demonstrate that they are an eligible applicant, and that the project or proposal has merit. If an application is ineligible, or does not demonstrate sufficient merit, in comparison with other applicants, it will typically be unsuccessful.
- Applicants will need to demonstrate that they are eligible; for example, some grants require the applicant to be a not-for-profit organisation, others allow individuals to apply, while others require the applicant to be a business with an ABN.
- In demonstrating merit, the application will normally need to show evidence of how the granting of funds will benefit the community, socially, economically, or both. The applicant needs to demonstrate how the project meets the fund’s objectives. The applicant must therefore understand the outcomes the grantor seeks. It is the up to the applicant to demonstrate this – don’t assume the funding body will go and gather this information or evidence if it hasn’t been included in the application.
- You will normally need one or more letters of support from relevant people or organisations to include with your application to demonstrate broadly based support.
- A business plan is often required as a supporting document to the application. It is a good idea to have one ready to go, even prior to grants becoming available, as they provide a head start for your application.
- Each fund varies, but many require the applicant to make a co-contribution of cash and/or in kind towards the project. Again, check the fund’s individual guidelines.
- Applications are increasingly done via on line forms. You need to register on line and submit your application via the on line form.
- Follow the instructions, making sure all supporting documents are included and all questions have been answered fully.
- Ensure you submit your on line application in plenty of time – don’t leave it until the last minute, as sometimes the lodgement websites are slowed down due to large numbers of applicants all submitting at the same time.
The process for deciding successful grant applicants varies. As a general rule, applications are decided as illustrated in this indicative timeline:
- Grant announced and applications called for. (due date announced);
- Information is posted on the grant web site, with on line and phone support;
- Information sessions or teleconferences may be available for applicants;
- Applicants prepare a business plan, gather background and support information, obtain letters of support and other supporting evidence;
- Application lodged on line and submitted prior to due date;
- Panel considers applications
- Checks application for completeness
- Have all supporting documents been provided|?
- Is the applicant ‘eligible’
- What are the merits of the application against the selection criteria?
- Panel makes recommendations to decision maker
- Successful applicants announced after due date
- Successful applicant signs a ‘deed of agreement’ binding them to deliver the outcomes that led to the grant
- Grant funding body may request evidence of achievement against milestones
Nearly all grant applications will require you to have at least a basic business plan. Often, a business plan must be supplied as one of the supporting documents to the application. In any case, the information you need to demonstrate that you satisfy the eligibility and merit criteria is often the same information contained in a business plan.
Whether your application is successful or not, a business plan is an essential tool for your business.
Writing a business plan need not be expensive or difficult.
The business.gov.au website templates and downloads has templates and tips on completing a business plan. You can download the ‘mybizplan’ app for your tablet PC here too.
- Tips for winning successful grants
- RDA Regional Roadmap 2014-2015
- Business Growth and Workforce Development Plan 2013-2017
- Business to Business – help for your business
Contact: Steve Thomas, Economic Development Executive, Business Solutions and Growth Strategy, Regional Development Australia (Barossa), phone 08 8563 3603
Regional Information to assist grant applications
Regional Disadvantage Statistics
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