Let’s face it—writing a grant is hard, time-consuming work, and the competition for grant can be fierce. Is there anything that can help give you an edge and increase your chances of funding?
Making sure that your grant proposal is well written and well thought-out will help your proposal stand out and convince reviewers that you are worth the investment. One way to maximise the quality and clarity of your proposal is to seek grant consulting. This assistance may come in the form of a professional grant consultant, writer, or editor.
Among Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), everyone is very familiar with funding from the Enterprise Singapore, Skillsfuture, Ministry of trade and industry, however there are governmental assistances from organisations such as Enterprise Singapore (e.g PACT) and IMDA (e.g CITREP). These funding sources may turn out to be a better fit for your objectives. In fact, sometimes there can be so many choices that it is hard to decide what to apply.
Talking to grant consultants is a great way to find new opportunities. These consultants have applied for or have received funding from lesser-known sources that may be an excellent fit for your objective(s). Importantly, the application process, review criteria, and overall culture of each reviewing organisation is unique.
A grant consulting service also help by discussing your needs (e.g., funds needed, scope of project) and taking the time to search for opportunities that best fit your needs. If you are considering this option, make sure that the consultant you are working with is very knowledgeable about funding opportunities and has experience helping clients get grants funded.
A grant consultant can guide you through the process, working with you to create a timeline that breaks the requirements into manageable segments. They can also help you manage your time so you can revise your proposal, have industry experts read and provide feedback, and make changes before submitting the application. A good consultant can also provide advice about areas you may need to emphasise and what information is most critical to include. You want someone who will listen to your specific questions and concerns and can create an individual preparation plan that considers your strengths and weaknesses.
Once you have modified your proposal based on the reviewer comments, it is very helpful to have a grant consultant review your new proposal and the comments to see how well you addressed their concerns. They can point out areas that are still unclear or where you might have glossed over a reviewer comment.
Grant writing is a time-consuming process, so you want to ensure that you submit your best ideas in a polished proposal every time to maximise your chances of funding. theAsianIR has grant consultants that have successfully applied for up to 30 grants over 2 years. It’s perfectly fine, even encouraged, to ask us for help to aid you in accomplishing your goal!
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