Get the Grant: A Guide for Preparing Grant Applications (Part 1/7)

Your first grant application can be intimidating and overwhelming.  Your second one can be equally so, if you’re not improving and learning from the previous one.

If, by your third attempt, you’re not getting the money you’ve requested, you must be doing something wrong.

I hope that the following posts will improve individuals’ chances at successful applications. I’ll be sharing my general knowledge, tips, tricks and some of my project proposals so you can get an idea of what a successful one looks like.

Over the last three years, I have applied for eight government grants from the Canada Council for the Arts.  Thus far, only three have been unsuccessful.  One was a poor application (my very first one!), and the other two were turned down because of the high volume of good submissions from other applicants.  Sometimes, there just isn’t enough money to go around!

I’m certainly not a professional grant writer, but I think I have a pretty good record.  I must be doing something right!

Elephant in the room!!

Some of you may be thinking: “You’re a fool!  By sharing all these ideas, you’re decreasing your own chances at a successful application!”

I don’t see it that way.  The days of withholding useful information are over.  Advantages are gained with sharing experience and insight; with caring for your friends and colleagues.

I would encourage you to do the same!  Share what you learn, leave comments, send these posts to friends and blog about your own experience.

What we lose in grant money, we gain in building trust and cultivating a community.

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