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The do's and don'ts of business grant applications

The do's and don'ts of business grant applications

It can be tough to get your business off the ground. You have a great idea, but you need funding to make it happen. Applying for grants can be a great way to get the money you need to get started. But there are a few things you should keep in mind when applying for grants.


Do your research. Make sure you understand the grant process and what the funder is looking for.

Follow the instructions. Make sure you follow the grant application instructions to the letter.

Be clear and concise. Get to the point and make sure your proposal is clear and easy to understand.

Make your case. Explain why your business is a good fit for the grant and how the funding will help you achieve your goals.

Include all the required materials. Make sure you include all the required materials in your application.


Don't apply for every grant you see. Be selective and only apply for grants that you have a good chance of getting.

Don't miss the deadline. Make sure you submit your application before the deadline.

Don't forget to proofread. Make sure you proofread your application before you submit it.

Don't give up. Applying for grants can be a lot of work, but it's worth it if you get the funding you need to start your business.

It can be tough to get your business grant applications right. Here are some tips to help you increase your chances of success.


-Make sure you read the eligibility criteria carefully. There's no point applying for a grant if you're not eligible.

-Get your supporting documentation in order. This could include financial statements, business plans, quotes, letters of support, and so on.

-Follow the instructions on the application form. If the grant application asks for a two-page proposal, don't submit a ten-page document.

-Submit your application on time. Late applications are often automatically rejected.

-Keep a copy of everything you submit. This will come in handy if you need to follow up with the funding body.


-Don't apply for a grant unless you're actually eligible.

-Don't submit a half-baked application. Make sure you've gathered all the necessary documentation and that your proposal is well-written and convincing.

-Don't ignore the application form. Follow the instructions to the letter.

-Don't leave it to the last minute to submit your application.

-Don't forget to keep a copy of everything you submit.

Posted on Feb 24, 2023, in Business

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