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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Sample Assessment

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
Succinctly summarise the key aspects of your proposal and expected outcomes in a couple of paragraphs. This needs to catch the attention of your readers and convince them that it is innovative.

Table of contents page 

Background to the project
Identify how the idea for the project emerged, what needs were identified and what evidence supports the significance of your proposal. Is there a gap in current service provision and does the proposed project connect with other local or government strategies/policies?

Target group
Establish why the project is needed in the particular community in relation to the needs of the target group. You need to provide some evidence of this by referring to policy documents and research. What barriers and constraints are experienced in relation to stakeholders of social, economic and environmental considerations? How will you ensure their involvement in the ‘ownership’ of the project?

Project description
Describe the project and identify four key aims of the project that link to expected outcomes below. What is the actual project and what activities are planned? What processes are involved and what will the participants get from being involved?

Project management
How will the project be run? Will there be a project committee? How will partnerships with other agencies occur and will participants be involved in project management?

Project timeline
Identify key events and approximate timelines for the 12 month period. Provide specified timeframes.

Budget areas
List all the budget areas that would need to be covered in the submission. Provide these as line items. Break the budget into realistic projections of costs. See example submission.

Evaluation and outcomes
What outcomes do you expect as a result of the project and how will you know if the project has been successful? What evaluation methods will you use that are consistent with your aims? Evaluate the community development process as well as outcomes.

References
Cite all your sources of evidence.

Reflection
Reflect on and appraise the process and the ways in which this may have contributed to your development as a professional contributing to a World Worth Living In. Reflect on questions of power and socio-cultural and/or environmental impact. Identify ways that your project may challenge or destabilise processes of social and economic interests for the issue you propose working with.

CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Demonstrate multidisciplinary knowledge that empowers graduates to understand and critically analyse the challenges of balancing the social, economic and environmental factors essential for ecological sustainability

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability.

Reflects on current social, economic and environmental factors relevant to their discipline to create ideas of improving the ecological sustainability.

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability.

Analyse each factor to illustrate how each factor impacts/contributes to ecological sustainability.

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability

Explain the importance of each factors impact towards ecological sustainability.

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability Does not describe the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Apply acquired sustainability knowledge individually and collectively for the improvement of local and global environmental sustainability

Define sustainable practices and describe how they can be used in the profession to improve local and global environmental sustainability, as an individual and in your profession.

Evaluates current sustainability knowledge and its effectiveness on local and global environmental sustainability.

Generate ideas on how the current practices might change in the future.

Define sustainable practices and describe how they can be used in the profession to improve local and global environmental sustainability, as an individual and in your profession.

Explain how current sustainability practices have evolved to where they are.

Define sustainable practices and describe how they can be used in the profession to improve local and global environmental sustainability, as an individual and in your profession.

Explain differences between strategies and their effectiveness.

Define sustainable practices and describe how they can be used in the profession to improve local and global environmental sustainability, as an individual and in your profession. Does not define sustainable practices or described how they can be used in the profession to improve local and global environmental sustainability, as an individual or in your profession.
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Demonstrate attitudes and implement actions that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs and those of the environment.

Describe personal attitudes towards meeting present  needs without compromising future generations ability to meet their needs and the environments.

Evaluate personal attitudes towards sustainability.

Using personal, social and professional attitudes,  generate actions that could assist in ensuring that the needs of the present are met without compromising future generations or the environment.

Describe personal attitudes towards meeting present needs without compromising future generations ability to meet their needs and the environments.

Compare personal attitudes to current social and professional attitudes. Reflect on current personal attitudes to criticize their effectiveness

Describe personal attitudes towards meeting present needs without compromising future generations ability to meet their needs and the environments.

Describe how personal attitudes affect your actions. Explain how these actions will assist future generations.

Describe personal attitudes towards meeting present needs without compromising future generations ability to meet their needs and the environments.

Describe how personal attitudes affect your actions.

Does not describe personal attitudes towards meeting present needs without compromising future generations ability to meet their needs and the environments.

Does not describe how personal attitudes affect your actions.

CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Form judgements and apply ethical decision making and reasoning to identify creative solutions to ethical problems.

Evaluation of an ethical dilemma, a potential resolution of the dilemma and justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks.

Includes independent evaluation of each resolution alternative in decision making process.

Analysis of an ethical dilemma, a potential resolution of the dilemma and justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks.

Includes comparison of ethical value of resolution alternatives.

Explanation of an ethical dilemma, a potential resolution of the dilemma and justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks.

Includes ethical reasoning for resolution alternatives.

Description of an ethical dilemma, a potential resolution of the dilemma and justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks. Does not describe an ethical dilemma. Has not proposed a potential resolution of the dilemma or a justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks.