Grants Explained

Grant funding is a way to help build thriving communities. Our aim is to empower local businesses, community groups, sporting clubs and not-for-profit organisations to easily find and successfully apply for grants to turn ideas into reality…without wasting time and effort.

The purpose of grants

Funding is offered by government and private corporations to help them fulfil their strategic policies, objectives and aims. When your project aligns with these aims and goals then you are more likely to be successful with funding. Grants are part of a bigger picture so ensure you consider the purpose of the funding program before you apply.

What are grants for?

Grants are generally provided for projects, with a beginning and end, rather than to just run your organisation. Grants are available for a broad range of activities with a business or community focus:

Business Grants

Grants are a way to start, establish or expand a business with the aim to increase productivity, jobs and economic growth in areas such as:

  • Research & Development
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability and Green Technology
  • Export
  • Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • IT & Communication Services
  • Medical & Biotechnology

Community Grants

Grants assist groups to deliver a particular community service or address an identified need such as new community infrastructure or host an event/festival. Many community grants fall within the following categories:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Heritage
  • Community Service Initiatives

4 Steps to Grant Success

To increase your chances of success, we suggest the following approach:

What could go wrong?

Most people start and end at step 3 – grant writing. As a result, most grant applications fail, leading to lost time, effort and money.

It is important to start with steps 1 and 2. By constantly seeking and applying for grants that are best suited to you, you increase your chances of being successful. And as you apply for more grants, your internal capability will increase.

Getting started

All grants differ in their requirements and eligibility criteria. Be prepared to be assessed in relation to all aspects of your organisation and activities, including:

  • Your management capabilities
  • Organisation structure
  • Budget and turnover
  • Tax status (if you are a NFP it is usually best to have Deductable Gift Recipient tax status)
  • Outcomes and achievements to date