Local grant writing program extended

Local grant writing program extended

Round 2 of Not-For-Profit (NFP) House’s Grant Writing Program is now open.

Funded by Shell’s QGC business, Gladstone Regional Council and Together Gladstone, the program will help local not-for-profits and small to medium sized businesses in building their grant writing capacity.

Launched last year with $50,000 funding from Shell’s QGC business and council, the program saw $265,000 awarded to Round 1 participants, including the Gladstone Tennis & Squash Association.

GTSA’s Allison Jackson said she was a lot more confident with the process of applying for grants after attending a Grant Writing Workshop with NFP House last year.

“Lyndal Hansen is extremely knowledgeable, and gave GTSA one-on-one assistance on how to make our grant applications better, and how to make them stand out,” she said.

“As a result of the workshop I have had success with two grants for GTSA, $8349 to purchase a brand new ride-on mower for our volunteers from Community Bank Calliope and Gladstone, and $1760 from Gladstone Regional Council to replace a broken shade sail.

“We are incredibly grateful to have received these grants to help us maintain our club for the community to use, and I would definitely recommend the Grant Writing Program to others.

“The time spent working with you individually to mentor and provide feedback, as well as the reassurance that you’re on the right track, is invaluable.”

As part of the program, NFP House can help participating community organisations and businesses prioritise their projects, match projects with suitable funding, and assist with writing and reviewing grant applications.

NFP House CEO Lyndal Hansen said the organisation was so grateful to see the Grant Writing Program extended.

“Many of the 200 organisations that NFP House has serviced have indicated they are in need of funding for specific projects,” she said.

“While some clubs have highly skilled volunteers in grant writing, many do not.

“The Grant Writing Program assists to build the skills within the community, and allows not-for-profit organisations to become more self-sufficient.”

Shell’s QGC business’s Asset Manager Midstream Krishna Venkatesan said they were excited to see the program continue throughout 2022.

“The feedback from groups and businesses who utilised the service last year has been extremely positive, with participants able to upskill, and more successfully access grants funds,” he said.

“In turn, we have seen the social benefits associated with local community projects coming to life, and the economic benefits of additional local spend opportunities.

“Shell’s QGC business is proud to continue our support of this worthwhile program.”

Round 2 of the Grant Writing Program will take ongoing enrolments until the end of 2022, with both one-on-one support available, and group workshops to be announced.

For more information contact NFP House on admin@nfphouse.org.au or 0460 792 812.

 

NFP House’s Do’s for Grant Writing:

  • Allow enough time for the application process; do not leave it until the last minute.
  • Read the guidelines and match your project.
  • Build a relationship with the funding body.
  • Get others to read your application, and double check for spelling mistakes and grammar.
  • Make your points clearly and early in the application.
  • Get your committee/board involved.