Applying for agriculture grants could sound to be an easy process, but the truth is that the process could be complicated. The reason why most people don’t apply for this kind of grant is that they don’t know how to go about it. However, I have written this post to explain how anyone can apply for any agriculture grants with ease. The right steps to follow are explained below. I hope you will love it.
Step 1 – Decide what the money will be used for
This is a very important step as it will assist you in choosing the right agriculture grants to apply for. In case you don’t know, grants are often utilized for specific purposes or project; hence, one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to getting grants. In other words, you can’t apply for all the grants you hear or read about. You should personally find the right grants that suit your farm or agriculture project. After that, you will find out how you will continue to fund the project after you must have used up the money from the grant. Normally, a grant is meant to kick start a project, and it is the responsibility of the grant awardee to keep their project going even after the grant money has been exhausted.
Step 2 – Research all the available agriculture grants
After completing step 1, this is the next thing you should do. Look for all agricultural grants available to you and note the application requirements for each grant. You can do this by visiting the websites or offices of organizations offering grants to know what they are funding for the year.
Step 3 – Write a grant proposal
This is the next step after you have known the area of agriculture the grant would be supporting, including the requirements. When writing your grant proposal, ensure that it is based around an agricultural project that the grant is offered for. Show that your project meets all the grant’s requirements in the proposal. If it doesn’t, you are only wasting your time because your application and proposal will be trashed.
Features of a winning grant proposal
I will advise you to keep the grant proposal precise, simple and straight-to-the-point. You are not the only person that is applying and submitting a proposal. Quite a lot of people are doing exactly what you are doing. The panelists won’t have the time to read lengthy and vague proposals. It must not sound too wordy. It should simple and void of vague and unnecessary words or sentences. An agricultural grant proposal that will stand the chance of being accepted and win a grant must include the following:
- History of the project or farm
- Why the project is important
- How the grant money will be used
- How the project will be funded after the grant money is exhausted
- How the project will benefit people, community and/or other farms in the area
- Accurate figures and projections. Don’t use assumed or hypothetical values/figures in the financial analysis section. Always use the current value or price of every item.
Make sure your grant proposal is well proofread and all grammatical mistakes found must be corrected. You can give the proposal to a trusted professional in the field of agriculture for reviewing. After everything looks perfect, ensure that the proposal plus other necessary documents are submitted before the deadline.
Note: If you have access to samples of an excellent grant proposal, you should read it thoroughly before writing yours. If you need a sample of an agriculture grant proposal, send me an email by clicking here.
Step 4 – Watch Out for Updates
After submitting your proposal and grant application form, watch out for emails, text messages or calls on what’s next to do such as (further interviews or evaluation or your selection status). This is important, so you are up-to-date with whatever is ongoing regarding the grant.
If you can follow the steps explained above, you will find it easy to apply for agricultural grants. If this post has helped you, don’t forget to share it using the share social share buttons below.