After putting in all that effort and feeling quietly confident about a positive outcome, you find out that you are not successful in securing that grant. The disappointment can be deep and lasting but there are some positives to take away from the situation.
Big grant applications are a league of their own. Now when I say big, I’m not talking about applications which might take you a day. I’m talking about those big, nightmare applications, where each of the Selection Criteria require responses of around 1,000 words. The ones where the character count drives you crazy. The ones that are typically for Federal Government, and are for at least $500,000, but usually well into the millions. These are what I consider big grant applications.
Before you plunge in and apply for a government grant, consider why you are applying, is the grant suitable for you and what are the potential benefits / returns to your business?