Grant Application Tips
- We strongly advise that you seek the assistance of the Hancock County Community Foundation staff if you have any questions or difficulties with the grant application process. We are here to help any grant applicant in need of assistance.
- Include ALL required documentation with the Grant Proposal. Follow the instructions completely.
- Please keep a copy of your application for future reference.
- Provide a reasonable, detailed budget of the project seeking funding. Grant committee members will recognize under-budgeted or padded requests. Applications with budgets that include other sources of funding (grants, match money, etc.) are generally more successful.
- Do your homework on costs. Provide price lists or written estimates as attachments. Include competing estimates or bids (not more than three) if the work/project is to be contracted.
- Statistics are helpful to justify your proposals, but statistics specific to Hancock County will provide better justification for funding. How many Hancock County residents will be served by your program? What is the source and relevance of your statistics?
- Avoid jargon, abbreviations and acronyms. Ask someone who is not familiar with the project to read and critique your application. Will they be able to understand and clearly explain what your project is, the costs, the results of what you hope to achieve?
Good luck in writing your grant proposal and please feel free to contact the Hancock County Community Foundation office for assistance at kharrison@giveHCgrowHC.org.