How do you manage to gather grant applications? He scans the guidelines, thinks it’s a good idea, starts putting the pen on paper, and partially realizes it’s not for you? Or worse, not classified? Do you leave it until the last minute and get scared, sweating as you try to finish it before the deadline, hoping there are no tech issues when it comes to hanging them up at 11 and 59 minutes? Does it sound familiar remotely?
What if we help you change your mindset? Do you adopt a fun way of being strategic and write only the apps you know you have a chance to get?
Develop a clear approach and use these seven strategies to prepare for your next battle grant.
1. Choose your fight
Are you on the right battlefield? Check out the participation rules (funding guidelines) to see if you can apply for a grant. If not, find another battlefield or join someone else’s army. It makes no sense to try to fight a battle that can’t be won, but if you really want some loot, offer your services in exchange for a financial grant payment. Strategically you may have something to offer that will get your application wider.
If you can join the battle, will you get the tools you need to fulfill your part of the campaign plan? If the grant doesn’t pay for the infrastructure, human resources, transportation, or anything else you need, your troops will starve to death for what they need. Check with others who have passed you by to find out what they did and what financial compensation was granted to them. If the resources aren’t favorable, look for another campaign.
Find out who can be funded / find out what can be funded and how much (list of previously funded projects if available)
2. Put yourself inside your head: offer them the light
You are entering the battlefield according to the terms and conditions of the financier. They need your help, so they pay you. But your opponents will want you to want to impress the financier as well. The funder has a problem (set of goals) and you have the solution (intervention) to make things better (set of results). They are the generals of the army and they know that the best emissaries are those from the base. The generals have intendants, in charge of managing the allocation of resources. Seek his wisdom, plant your seed. They will let you know if ideas are likely to fall on stony ground. They could make a good recognition.
Check out the guidelines for your goals and results, and then sell your project proposal accordingly. Run your idea beyond them, listen and adapt your plan.
3. Gather your intelligence
The key to the kingdom lies in breaking the code of the riddle. Start with submissions – Subscribe to the funder’s newsletter list to receive notifications about campaign rule updates. Examine the rules of interaction in detail in case you missed something, and monitor releases (including FAQs, periodic updates). Learn about previous campaigns, including who participated, what they did, and the assigned budget.
Live for a place with the leaders of this campaign with a good business case. Investigate your numbers. Collect as much evidence (as needed) as possible. Be specific about numbers, token accounts, queries, and other successful campaigns. Use this information to determine your goals. Use your intelligence to give yourself a tactical advantage.
Do your homework. Go to the mailing list, see the guidelines and the application form. Check back frequently for frequently updated updates and pre-funded projects Gather as much data as possible to demonstrate the need and your understanding of the situation.
4. Plan the battle and gather your generals and troops
Every battle campaign has a plan. Your job is to show that your plan will work. That it is well planned, measured in time, resources and budget; that your army, from the captains to the ground troops, has the right skills to succeed.
Your plan must be approved by your battle-resistant generals, who will oversee the progress of the campaign. The plan will be yours. They will sign the treaty with the funder and ensure that it adheres to it or that the consequences will be serious.
The stronger your generals and allies are, the more campaigns your captains will have fought successfully, the more chances you will have of sending yourself successfully. Make sure your chain of command has clear communication channels.
Draw up a detailed project plan with a timeline. Align it with resources and budget. Make sure you have the right skills and commitment on your project team and partners. Make sure your governance is clearly articulated and understood by all stakeholders, including the funder, and that there is a clear communication strategy: top-down and bottom-up.
5. Whoever wants to fight has to count the cost
No campaign is free. Time, money, risk. A wise player counted the cost before making the decision to enter the battle. Do you have people and time to prepare your battle plan proposal before the deadline? Will the funder pay the full reward or will they have to commit some of their own resources or those of others to balance the account?
Accessing someone else’s campaign requires risk. The last thing you want is for your computer to be missing or caught taking a nap. A good commander plans all contingencies before going into battle. A bad commander, at best, spends more resources than he can save because he did not plan for things to go wrong, and in the worst case, he will fail, suffer losses for his reputation, and will never be allowed to enter the field in the future.
Make sure you can balance your budget. If the costs are high and the funder is unlikely to cover these costs, look for other contributions or use your own resources to cover the deficit. Do not rush the application or leave it until the last minute. Put some of your own resources into creating the best app you can. If you do not anticipate risks, you may have a much larger financial contribution to avoid failures, loss of reputation, and successful future applications.
6. Take the devil out of the detail
Don’t let language be a barrier. Putting your plan on paper in the language of the financier does not mean that you have to work hard to use technical and sophisticated language. They look for the best strategies to help them achieve their goals. Give it to them directly and in the simplest way possible so that there is no confusion. Minimize the opportunity to ask questions about the risks you pose to them. Don’t leave them in any doubt, keeping your explanation as simple as possible, which means it’s business. Don’t leave anything to chance.
Always answer the questions as they are asked. Even if it means repeating what you said elsewhere. Keep your language simple. Review the funder’s goals and results again. Give them all the documentation they ask for. Make sure you have letters of support and commitment, budgets requested, and relevant permissions. Make it so easy for someone reviewing your application to have everything you need to make the right decision.
7. He wins first and then enters the battle
A good commander has control at all times. Don’t go ahead with any app unless you’re sure you get the chance. Pre-plan. Become a great strategist with plans and contingencies prepared for the right opportunity. Learn from all your campaigns and use them wisely.
Save time and effort. Follow strategies 1 through 5 and then throw away the glove. Keep your intelligence open looking for the right opportunities. Prepare what you can do in advance by considering: who, what, where, when, why, and how. Evaluate all the projects so you can bolster your funding and make things better next time.