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Do You Know the 3 C’s of Grant Writing?

Grant reviewers look for the three C’s, but do you know what they are? Writing a grant application can be difficult and you must be accurate in your description of your organization and activities. You will also need to make a convincing case for why you should receive funding. It is important that you take the time to make sure your application has all the C’s. This means making your writing clear, concise, and compelling!


1. Make It Clear

Make your application easy to read. Reviewers need to see how your application fulfills all the selection criteria. This may include:

  • What you plan to do
  • How it connects with the government’s objectives
  • Your ability to do it
  • How much money you need and what will it pay for
  • What you expect the results to be at the end of the project
  • Who is likely to benefit in the broader community.

2. Make It Concise

Grant reviewers often have to read many grant applications. Any unnecessary detail makes it hard for them to assess an application. For this reason, funder’s prefer it when you keep to the point.

  • Don’t repeat yourself. Each section seeks different information, so don’t include the same information.
  • Use quality information rather than quantity.
  • Avoid using language that is wordy or vague. Use short phrasing when possible. For instance, use ‘because’ and a not ‘owing to the fact that’.

3. Make It Compelling

Make sure the information you supply:

  • Is accurate and factual in both content and the figures
  • Provides credible data to support your proposal
  • Shows you consulted key people and represented their views
  • Presents a strong case with clear links between the project, your business and the grant objectives
  • Includes all evidence and financial information required
  • Explains how you plan to meet the grant program’s objectives and outcomes.