Grant Writing Secrets

There’s a Pool of Money that writers can dip into. You just gotta learn the Rules.
Last Saturday I attended the Grant Writing Workshop at The Edge @ Brisbane State Library.
Kate Eltham CEO of Queensland Writers Centre revealed tips for writing and procuring a Grant.

Grants help you financially, boost your Writing Opportunities and raise your profile in the Writing Community.

TOP 5 TIPS for winning that Grant

•    Grants are for individuals, groups or projects. Work out what’s your category.

•    Research the Grant thoroughly including the guidelines and application forms. Respond to the Selection Criteria. The quality of your application matters.

•    Make sure the Budget Balances. This is the WEAK point for most Grant Applications.

•    Give yourself plenty of time to seek endorsements and work out your budget.

•    Grants are VERY competitive. Make sure your application is Near Perfect.

Check out QWC’s website

•    Contact your Local Council … RADF Grant

•     Arts Queensland …

•    New Works Grant …

I’ve received two RADF grants through my Local Council. It’s a terrific place to start.

This time, I’m aiming much higher … I’m researching and preparing a New Application right now.

Which Grants were you successful with?
Where are you applying next?

Good Luck with all your applications!

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7 comments to Grant Writing Secrets

  • Hi, Karen
    Thanks again for your useful tips and good luck with your latest grant application.
    Joanna :))

  • Trish

    Thanks for these no-nonsense Tips. They’re fabulous. I’m heading to those websites now.

  • Hi Joanna, hope you can use those Tips. More writers should apply for them. I’m working hard on this latest application but I’m very optimistic. Cheers, Karen :))

  • Hi Trish, Hope you can get something from my advice. They’re so many Grants around that writers can apply for. Good Luck … Karen :))

  • I attended a similar workshop through the ASA last year, and found it equally helpful. My two favourite tips from were: give your application a ‘hook’, just like we do our novels. The people assessing the grants see hundreds of applications, so give them a story or something about you that they’ll remember – we are, after all, storytellers! Also: edit your application the way you would a novel (give it time to rest and come back to it with fresh eyes).

    Good luck with your application!

  • Hi Katherine, I love your advice about the HOOK, a way they’ll remember you … And EDIT your application too. Fabulous advice. Thanks for dropping by. Congratulations with your recent Grant Win enabling you to travel to New York to meet your publisher … Cheers, Karen :))

  • Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

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