Focus on grant program detail

IPSWICH Sports House officers have been able to assist with many grant applications over the past three years.

The ISH team would like to see Ipswich sport and recreation clubs continue to have successful grant applications.

Applying for grants should be a planned process in regards to timing and types of projects to increase your chances of success. Anyone can assist with writing grants with some helpful information and tips.

Each funding program will focus on different outcomes so make sure you match your required project to the grant. There is no point applying for equipment when the grant focus is on improving governance.

Know where to find grants. State, federal, private companies and community organisations offer grants so know where to look and approximate timing of recurring programs. Do a regular search on grant search sites and keep a look out in the media for announcements.

Read guidelines carefully. They will often impact on what project you submit, how you will implement the program and spending and acquitting details. If the grant requires the money to be spent within a year and your project will go for two years, you won't be eligible.

When writing your application:

  • Don't use jargon;
  • Use active sentences - "we will deliver the program" not "the program will be delivered";
  • Be concise - don't submit a long application when it could say all you need in half the time;
  • Don't have the view of "we need money" but rather "we need to do this work which will provide immense benefit to the community, and we need money to do that".

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Microsoft course

DOES your treasurer want to save time on reporting? Does your membership officer want to save time working with databases?

An Excel course may help your volunteers save time and make the operations of your club more effective.

This course will give you an introduction to Excel with information on formulas, filling, formatting, ranges and general tips of the trade.

Contact Annette on 0408 748 805 or email ajbtrainingservices@ to register.


Free Midgy Vigsy

MIDGY Vigoro is a fun game for under-9s to come along and start their skill development.

The Ipswich Vigoro Association is holding a Midgy Vigsy program starting on Friday and running for 10 weeks.

Each session will focus on a different skill and have mini stations set up so all kids are active at the sessions.

This is a free program and kids receive a free shirt, sausage sizzle and a great introduction to the game of vigoro.

Sessions will run Fridays from 5pm-6.15pm.

For full details, visit the Ipswich Vigoro Association Facebook page.

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