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    MURR
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    Hi has anyone been successful at getting a grant. I have been jumping through hoops for about a year now through the government. I have invented a way to recycle concrete that would reduce our carbon footprint by about 350,000 ton a year. I would have thought it as a no brainer. I would go it alone but I have a wife and kids that aren’t as enthused about me investing our nest egg.

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    MyGreatIdea
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    I feel your pain Murr !!

    We looked for months to find a grant that we could qualify for…eventually there was one, but the final criteria was to prove that we could not obtain funds from anywhere else – having a small amount of equity in our family home blew that grant out of the water !!

    Are you working with an agency for the grant? In WA the Small Business Development Corp helps with applications (they are a state government dept themselves). Or tried to get some help from an environmental group?

    Best of luck…it sounds like a worthy project.

    Wendy

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    JaneB
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    Yes – I received a grant for many thousands of $$ from a local government. I’d rather not be specific since it’s unique and I don’t wish to have my id on a public forum.

    There was competition for the same grant from 33 other applicants.

    I have never applied for a grant before and I spent about 80 hours analysing how to approach it and completing draft applications. I sent these drafts to people I know at the other end of the application process – those people who sit around at meetings deciding on who gets what and how much. I listened to every criticism and adjusted the application accordingly.

    Before applying for a grant it’s essential to realise that the grant givers are very specific in what they are willing to give grants for. Read the accompanying guidelines thoroughly. It’s up to the applicant to be equally specific in what they can deliver for the money.

    There are many other issues – so many that I don’t have time to write about here and I believe there are some posts about it already on FS.

    Another tip however -the actual document cannot contain a single spelling, grammatical or arithmetical error. Aim for absolute perfection and clarity. When my application lobbed on the desks of the 8 committee members who were shortlisting the applications, they commented that they all sighed with relief that it was easy to read.

    People who know that I was successful with this grant have asked me to write theirs (paid work), but now that I know how many hours are involved I have to decline. So be prepared for really time consuming work – not only in finding out which grants may suit you but in analysing how to go about fulfilling the requirements.

    Good luck.

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    Chromatix
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    I did come across this website – http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/grants. Just thought to put this one out there for anyone else who was looking in the area of grants.

    We wish you all the best Murr!

    Irwin

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    RAds
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    We tried to get a grant a few years ago – went through all the motions for what seemed like the perfect grant, they loved us, and when it finally went to review we got knocked back on what was always the cornerstone of our business plan, and was mentioned literally in paragraph 1 line 1 of every section of our presentation, but was quite vague in *their* documentation.

    Wish they’d told us earlier about that little condition of the grant, we wouldn’t have bothered.

    It was an arts grant, and the condition was that we go through a commercial publisher for unit sales in Australian stores. We wanted to self-publish on our own wesite by subscription for buyers anywhere.

    Because that project is so hard to fund and so timeconsuming, we keep pushing it aside in favour of other projects. I suspect it’ll either never get finished, be a hobby we work on in our spare time for the next 10 years, or one of the other projects will take off first and we’ll end up just paying someone else to finish it for us.

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    In my experience, most people spend so much time and effort applying for grants, that it would be far more profitable to put their time into making money the normal way – and they usually realise that after they get the grant.

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    SalenaKnight
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    grant writing is an art. It may well pay for you to pay someone to do it for you. You’ll need to put all the research in and ‘draft it’, but like any government thing, there are boxes they need to tick, and if you inadvertently didn’t answer a question the ‘right’ way, your out of the running.

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    Glenn Cosgrave
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    I have successfully gained R&D grants through Ausindustry in the past for my clients – up to $250k for R&D and $250k commercialisation loans. They want to see unique patentable ideas and an ability to co-fund at least 50% of the product yourself (via cash, not sweat equity). Drop me a line if you want to discuss further (02 99574033).

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    Hi Murr,

    We put out a call about your query on Facebook and received the following in reply, from Samantha Simpson-Morgan:

    [FONT=Calibri, Verdana, Helvetica, Arial]What about this? I heard about it on twitter- http://awesomefoundation.org/[/FONT]
    [FONT=Calibri, Verdana, Helvetica, Arial][/FONT]

    [FONT=Calibri, Verdana, Helvetica, Arial][/FONT]Good luck,
    Jayne

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