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Webinar Summary

In this session, our special guest, funding expert Andrew Kemp, walks us through 10 grant writing tips that will help you access funds for the projects that you're hoping to undertake.

To make it easier for you to navigate this one-hour-long video, we've outlined the main topics and questions that were answered during this webinar, so you can skip to the moments that are most relevant to you. Enjoy!

  • 00:00 Introductions - eDemocracy team
  • 04:36 Andrew introduces himself and talks about his funding experience.
  • 05:48 Andrew's presentation begins - Effective Grant Writing 101
    • The goal is to provide some basics, starting with general ideas and then moving to some specific topics

Top 10 grant writing tips

  • Download Andrew's slide deck here
  • 06:57 1. Planning - Project definition, project plan, action & deliverables, monitor, reporting
  • 08:25 2. Choose the right dance partner 
    • Online funding resources, private sector organizations can also help 
  • 11:09 3. Know your funder's mandates
    • BONUS TIP: Use the funder's language in your applications
  • 12:35 4. Call the funding program
  • 14:17 5. Review the funders resources
  • 15:27 5b. Phone a friend - Speak to other people who have been funded by that same program
  • 16:37 6. Know the funding program 
  • 18:05 7.  Budget - Your opportunity to shine
  • 19:45 8. Know your strengths and weaknesses
  • 22:03 9. Understand the deliverables 
  • 23:22 10. Share your success!
  • 25:35 Ben's note regarding the feedback we've been getting about what projects local governments would like to get funded - eDemocracy Solutions can help local governments put together proposals around public engagement initiatives. Feel free to reach out and learn more!

Q&A Section

  • 28:38 What makes an application stand out?
  • 32:11 What's the biggest challenge for municipalities that are applying for grants? and what recommendations do you have to overcome those challenges?
  • 36:00 Does past performance of a recipient affect chances for future grant approval? For example, if a recipient did not complete their project by deadline? 
  • 38:57 If a municipality applies for 2 different projects, does it affect our chances of receiving funding, even if the grant allows multiple submissions?
  • 40:48 Andrew, in the intro I know you mentioned you have a sustainability background. Do you see any trends related to climate solutions at the local level?
  • 45:11 If you were in the shoes of a local government that's trying to act on climate but has limited resources. Where would you put your time and energy into?
  • 46:18 One of our partners outlined that one of their largest challenges when applying for grants is to find programs for which they were eligible for. They have many bridges that are falling apart in their county. They're constantly being turned down on provincial grant applications for bridge repairs/replacements. The challenge is that they are a sparsely populated county with not a lot of traffic on most of their bridges, so larger municipalities tend to get a lot more of the funding. Can you speak to how they might be able to overcome that?
  • 50:55 What are the biggest mistakes people do while applying for grants? 
  • 52:41 What are the signs that a project is likely to get funded?
  • 56:10 To finish, what's the main point that people need to keep in mind when filling out their grant applications? - Call the funder!


57:00 Closing remarks.

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