Thinking of applying for a Look Over the Farm Gate Grant (LOTFG) grant?
Check out these tips to help write the best application.
Read the application questions and eligibility criteria before sitting down to write your application. The following questions may help you in planning the perfect Look Over the Farm Gate event:
- How can your community group run a single event or series of events that encourages people to look after their neighbours and take time out for their mental health?
- How can you plan the location and timing of your event to make it accessible for fire-affected farmers in your community?
- What is the most effective use of grant funding to have the greatest impact on mental health and wellbeing for people attending your event?
Speak to members of your community. What are the problems according to them? What information, support, training or experience do they need? It is important for people to feel their voice has been heard. This will make the community feel the event is for them and help spread the message of Look Over the Farm Gate.
Encourage people to get involved and try something new. This can be done through surveys or focus groups or having informal chats to your neighbours.
If you want to amplify the reach and impact of your event(s), consider partnering with other local organisations. The more community groups and health services and programs involved, the more local community members may learn about where to go for help.
However, there are other types of partnerships can strengthen your event(s). You can get the local community involved! Studies suggest when community members have an active and meaningful role in a project or event, ownership over the event is increased. Giving people important roles has an empowering effect which contributes to positive mental health.
This is one of the most important parts of your application. Spend time researching and planning your budget. Think about the purpose of the grant. Be clear about what the funding is going towards and why. Include all income and expenditure.
What is needed to carry out the event? Remember to consider time, people and other costs you may incur as a result of the event taking place.
- Ensure there is flexibility for unexpected costs. Be prepared to cut certain aspects of the event if there are unexpected costs. It is ALWAYS better to be under rather than over budget.
- If you would like to go bigger, you can always think about partnering with other organisations.
- Obtain quotes and compare. While we can all have a specific idea in mind, it is a good idea to obtain quotes from a number of organisations to ensure you are getting the best deal for what you are after.
- Remember that you are required to submit receipts for all expenses you are claiming.
Make sure you take time to plan how you are going to promote your event to community members. You may have planned the perfect event, but no-one will be able to attend unless you promote the event early and widely so they can plan ahead.