Funders need to be able to find information quickly and easily.
They also need to have confidence in your group.
Grant funding is competitive and spending a bit of extra time on presenting the information well could make the difference between your bid being funded or rejected.
How to make a good impression with a well presented application:
- use a computer or typewriter – it is essential that they can read all of your words quickly.
- use a clear, simple typeface such as ‘arial’ or ‘helvetica’ – these are quick and easy to read.
- use a sensible type size and black text – between 12 and 14 point.
- use white or pale A4 paper – your application will probably be photocopied in black and white.
- NEVER TYPE IN CAPITALS (unless it is an acronym like the BBC)
- use headings (in bold if possible) – it helps the reader to find what they are looking for.
- If you are responding to a particular priority or criteria in the guidance, use that as a heading, (shortened if necessary)
- use bullet points for lists
- avoid jargon and acronyms
Finally, spell check and proofread your application - or ask someone else to help.
Sometimes its difficult to see mistakes when you've been working on a document for a long time. Remember, its important to describe your project clearly and typing mistakes can make it more difficult for funders to understand your application.