What is a Grant Application?
A grant application is a structured, written document that describes how you plan to meet the grantor’s stated needs for the grant program. The needs to be responded to, as well as the structure of the application, are described and determined by the funding agency.
This assignment involves a hypothetical grant application that requires your student to design an innovative community development project which addresses specific environmental issues that impact your discipline. Students will need to demonstrate their ability to develop a strong conceptual analysis.
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|Relevant GLO||Task: Community development grant application and reflective analysis|
Adapted from LES202
This is a hypothetical grant application where you choose a ‘real’ grant opportunity and write a submission which addresses the key areas that have been selected for all projects and outlined below. Identify a community development grant application opportunity from the press or a website. (Examples include a community project for planting trees, reducing plastics or emissions, local food sourcing). Note you may also look at alternative funding models such as crowd sourced funding but need to identify how you will do this. This assignment requires you to be creative in your choice of project and your focus on a particular community/group and issue. It is important to make the connection between theoretical concepts and an actual community development project that you design. We encourage you to ‘think outside the square’ when it comes to the sort of project you might design – there are no limits to what you can do but do keep in mind the size of the project in relation to the size of the grant/budget that you apply for (projects should not exceed 12 months and you do not have to prepare an actual detailed budget for this assignment). The most important thing to keep in mind is the rigorous, well supported (referenced) arguments that need to be presented to convince the funding body (the marker) of the significance and worth of your project. You also need to draw on literature beyond the readings (at least five (5) recent references).
You may find it helpful to look up the web sites of government sector organisations that provide grants e. g. https://www.business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/Environment-Restoration-Fund and https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-support/nsw-environmental-trust/grants-available/environmental-restoration-and-rehabilitation
Title page with executive summary
Table of contents page
Background to the project
Evaluation and outcomes