Grants to help your allied health business grow

One avenue that you can explore as an allied health business owner is looking to access grant funding to springboard your growth or transition. Before you launch into a grant application, let's look at some important considerations.

As an allied health business owner, you are providing your local community with a vital health service that not only contributes to the overall health of Australia but also to the national business economy. It is important to continue to grow your business – to enhance the service you offer to your health consumers through improved efficiencies, the introduction of new technology and through a highly skilled, engaged team.

There are numerous grants available for all types of industry and the best way to start is to think about your needs as a practice and the needs of your patients or clients before you start searching for the grants available.

Make a list of all of the things you would like to do in your practice: if you have a team around you, include them in the process or refer to a survey you may have completed recently with your referrers or clients. Use this list to inform your decisions about which grants you want to apply for.

Your next task is to review your list and extract one problem/need/issue to focus on. You can then establish a clearly defined, achievable and measurable plan to address the problem/need/issue you have identified. It is important to consider if there is actually a genuine need for your proposed project? How will you demonstrate the benefits for your local or broader health community? You will need to gather any data or information on the need you are addressing. Identify what specific health population group that your service/project will address? What is the community need, issue or gap that your service/ project will address? You will also need to establish your credibility and qualifications to deliver the project.

The support and sustainability aspects of your proposed project also need to be clarified. Make sure you tell your key supporters what you are doing and if appropriate, get relevant letters of support from organisations and individuals to submit with your application.

Think also about the long-term sustainability of the project in terms of benefits to the community. A project that has no ongoing benefit will often not be considered as favorably by the funding body.

The golden rule of grant submission is to ensure you understand the organisation you are requesting funds from – ensure you address their goals and objectives for offering the funds and read through their grant application pack – use their checklists (if provided) to ensure you have covered everything.

If you feel like you need a little help getting your brain into gear around grants, or tips on where to look, why not consider our allied health grant resource - click here to check it out.

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