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. If you don't have anyone else who can check the application for you, try reading it out loud to check it makes sense. Remember, its important to describe your project clearly and typing mistakes can make it more difficult for funders to understand your application.