How to grant yourself a wish
CENTRAL Burnett Landcare's Marion Denholm has applied for many grants in her time.
"You've just got to jump in and have a go," Ms Denholm said.
But be prepared for failure.
"I've got a lot of experience under my belt but it doesn't mean I win every grant," she said.
She applies for two or three major ones each year and "heaps" of little ones, a couple per month on average.
"It takes time," she said.
Ms Denholm believes she is successful in only about 10-15 per cent of applications.
"It's just so competitive," she said.
The key, she says, is persistence and a willingness to have a go at anything.
"You'll be waiting a lifetime" if you are holding out for the perfect grant, she says.
"You've got to look for anything, have a go at anything that vaguely suits.
"Adapt your ideas to what's available and study the terms and conditions for each grant.
"And remember, the person on the other end doesn't know anything about your situation, so write every detail into your application.
"Even when you do, you'll still get someone calling up asking what you meant by a certain thing."
To help her process, Ms Denholm keeps a list of projects Central Burnett Landcare would like to potentially carry out.
Her strategy would no doubt be pleasing to Olivia Everitt, a Kingaroy-based project co-ordinator and consultant with more than nine years' experience working with not-for-profits, local government and in the arts and cultural sector.
Next Wednesday, BIEDO will be hosting a Grant-ED 101 workshop in Biggenden, presented by Ms Everitt, to help local community groups, not-for-profits and small businesses create their "grant-ready" projects.
Ms Everitt said the workshop would focus on a "proactive approach", having your projects ready to go to seize opportunities, rather than seeing something due in a week's time and throwing something together.
The free workshop will be hosted in Biggenden Town Hall from 10am-12.30pm with morning tea provided.
RSVP to community @biedo.org.au or phone 0400 695 456.