Applying for the funding grants is very tough job and not to be taken lightly. Each and every step is more important in this as there will be several other competitors are fighting for the same and you need to ensure your application form weighs more than others in order to get the funding. One has to understand that it is not a application form for college seat or for other purposes. It is for prestigious Federal grants which you don’t need to repay at any stage. So it has to be given more seriousness.
Steps involved in grant writing
Grant writing or filling up the application for the grants start with understanding purpose for grant offered. Second step is to understand the requirements that have to be fulfilled by the applicants in order to application to be accepted by the funding agency. Understand the requirements and then add all the materials that are required to support your claim must be prepared and submitted along with the application. For this purpose, government has created an online tool called workspace. Here you can collaborate and prepare the files that are required to support your claim.
You need to include each and everything that will speak for your claim. It may include your company’s business plan, historical data like how your company performed over the years and what is your future plans along with the road map to achieve your future plan targets. It won’t hurt your chances if you can give additional material evidences apart from those which are mandatory. Do remember that, your application should stand above of other applications which are competing for the same. It may be numerous organizations or individuals who are fighting for the official grants.
One thing that should not be done is to wait till the last moment. Try to submit the digital copies and hard copies of the applications and material evidences well in advance to avoid any last minute rush. One way of ensuring the correctness is to run through the drafts multiple times by multiple persons rather than getting done through single person. Another way is to once you gone through all the paper work, you can check with company outsiders to check whether they will be accepting the proposal as it will ensure everything is fine. Once you have submitted, you don’t need to do anything other than waiting for the approval notification. It may take months altogether to get the approval notification and you need to watch the government portal to know the status. Once approved, you need to keep informing the process to the funding agency.