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How to Work Through a Grant Proposal for Your Business

In today's business world, there is a wide range of options that can help you with securing business funding, whether it's to make changes to your business or start one in the first place. One popular option is applying for a grant from a government agency or private organization. However, the grant process seems complicated, so many business owners don't both to even try. Fortunately, it's much easier than it looks to complete a grant proposal. Here's a quick look at what you'll need to do to get through applying for a grant.

  • Start by looking at whether the grant applies to your company. If it's for individuals, businesses under or over a particular size, government agencies and similar specific situations which do not apply to your company, don't bother filling out the application forms, because you'll be turned down for not meeting requirements.

  • Determine whether your business is a good fit for the grant in question. If it's a grant to replace your business' lighting system with energy-efficient LED lighting, but you already upgraded your lights just a couple years ago or your lights don't contribute much to your overall expenses, it may be worth saving the expense of applying for a marginal gain.

  • Look over the required information for the grant. Can you actually assemble all of the information? If you can't, then it doesn't make sense to work through the rest of the process. If you can, or if you're not sure, it's time to find that information and have it ready to go.

  • When answering questions or providing descriptions, be persuasive. You want the grant committee to like what you're doing with the business, so if a question asks about community involvement, talk about not only what you do, but why you do it.

Applying for a grant seems like a complicated process, but when you keep these tips in mind, you'll be able to determine whether the grant applies to your company and what is required for the application process. If you need help with the steps in a grant application or advice on how to move forward with it, the experienced business professionals at AccountRely can help. Please feel free to reach out today to get started.

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