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When working with Irish businesses to prepare their Horizon 2020 or Enterprise Ireland grant bids, I always get asked the same questions - How do I write this grant application? What areas should I focus on? What area is of most importance?
When working with Irish clients to prepare their grant bids, I always get asked the same questions - What is the difference between the 2 competitions? How do I write this grant application? What areas should I focus on? What area is of most importance?
I’ve have been working in the Irish public funding space for nearly fifteen years now, and I was thinking about these questions last week when I was writing an application for a new funding competition.
Then it dawned on me.
It doesn’t matter who the fund award body is, it doesn’t matter if you are a university, SME or Large Enterprise – we must never forget that when companies apply for grants, they are applying for public money. This is money from taxation that could have been spent elsewhere, for example on hospitals, social care and national infrastructure.
So, if you ever think “what is important in this grant application?” please remember where this money could be spent and the impacts it could have on those areas.
OK, now that we’ve cleared that up, you’re probably wondering “but what is important?”
In my 15 years of experience I find it’s always the same:
Should you be interested in applying for any grant competitions, feel free to get in touch and I’ll be happy to give you a call back to discuss your application in more detail.