If you’re spearheading a charity project or is a member of a non-profit organization, chances are one of your primary sources of funding are through government grants. Unlike loans that needs to be paid back to the government at a certain interest rate, grants are totally free and does not need to be repaid. Which makes the application of government funding can be quite tedious and overwhelming.
The process of application for most government grants will require a significant amount of time and effort. There are also cases where you do not get awarded the grant despite all the steps you’ve take and effort you’ve poured into it. To help, we’ve listed down ways to make your government grant application process hopefully and easier experience.
Study and identify sources of grant
Government grant can be from the local, federal, and state governments. Make sure you study grant opportunities first and possible sources of it. Make sure you familiarize yourself with how the process of application goes and other related information. Try to also determine eligibility requirements of the grant opportunities you are considering and see if you can meet those before you apply. Knowing all these before attempting to apply will make the process a much easier experience.
Always consider digital application
Gone are the days where you will have to visit a certain government branch, submit a filled-out application form with probably a letter, and painstakingly call the government office every so often to ask for an update. Nowadays, it’s much easier to do grant applications online. Just download an application form off a US grant website, fill it out and upload it back together with other requirements the grant may need. After a successful submission of an application, you will then be provided with a tracking number which you can use to get updates or follow up on the status of your application.