Grant reviewers see a lot of the same common mistakes being made that are easily avoidable. Besides spelling and grammar, let’s take a deeper look into some of the reasons that can lead to your grant application being overlooked or rejected. Make sure you’re not making these top five mistakes on your next grant application!
1. You’re not including supporting documents
A crucial part of your grant application is the supporting evidence you include. A funding source must do its due diligence before awarding any funds. If you are unable to provide evidence to confirm and validate your proposal, more often than not, grant reviewers will overlook your application.
2. You don’t detail your budget proposal
Unfortunately, many applicants often struggle when it comes to developing a budget. When writing your budget proposal, you need to include all costs and provide detailed invoices/quotes from the suppliers. Avoid giving rough estimates, vague amounts, or failing to explain why every cent is needed and what it will be spent on.
3. Your grant writing is lacking
Grant reviewers look for the three C's, but do you know what they are? Grant reviewers often have to read many grant applications. Any unnecessary detail makes it hard for them to assess an application. When writing, you want to stick to the facts and keep it to the point. Make sure you answer every question and show your passion through your writing.
4. You’re reusing the same pitch
Grant writing takes effort and time. It is not a process that should be rushed, nor is it a process where you should be taking shortcuts. It is unlikely that you’ll find success if you’re copying and pasting the same reused pitch for every grant application. Each grant application should be tailored to the grant funder’s request.
5. You’re not eligible for the grant
Just because you check the boxes on some of the eligibility criteria, should not be read as an invitation to apply. You must meet all of the eligibility requirements and read the guidelines thoroughly before applying. In addition, you want to be grant ready. For example, if the grant is only open to 501(c)3 organizations, and your status is pending – then you should not be applying yet.
Are you making these common mistakes? Now that you’re aware of these faults, it should be easier to be more conscious of them when writing your next grant application!