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Grants Writing Workshop

September 8, 2020 @ 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Grants Writing

The Australian and Sate Government responses to COVID – 19 involved businesses having to access emergency support through grant applications. Many businesses were not experienced in grants writing, jeopardising their chances of being successful.

The workshop covers the basics of grants writing for Government grants, how to write a compelling case, and how to gain support to be successful. Examples used in the workshop include Queensland Government Disaster Recovery Grants.

The workshop is based on the Queensland Government’s best practice guides and RAPAD’s experience over many years of working with businesses.

  • What you will learn
  • What are grants and how do you find what is available
  • What it takes to succeed at writing grant applications
  • What is the likely impact of the COVID – 19 on funders’ priorities and requirements
  • What it takes for your organisation to be ‘grants ready’’
  • Developing a project proposal funders can’t resist
  • Project planning including developing a project plan, milestones, budgets, risk management plan, and physical and human resources
  • How to build successful partnerships with business, community, and key influencers
  • Developing and delivering a Stakeholder Engagement Plan than inspires confidence amongst all stakeholders
  • The fine art of successful grants writing: 3F Model, Immediacy Rule, and the Rule of 3.
  • Crafting Executive Summaries that capture the reader, and conclusions that convince funders to support the project
  • Acquitting the grant and planning for the next grant.


Gerard Byrne is one of Australia’s foremost grant writers and he is the author of Grants in Australia, published by CPA Australia, the definitive guide to grants writing, grants management, and grants acquittal in Australia. In a career spanning over 30 years, Gerard has assisted hundreds of applicants succeed, with millions of dollars’ worth of grants being awarded. Gerard’s experience across a wide range of endeavours, professions, and disciplines means he knows what funders are looking for and how to exceed their expectations. Gerard Byrne is a Fellow of CPA Australia and former State President of the Queensland Division of CPA Australia.

Previously, he was a member of the CPA Australia Public Sector Centre Excellence in Canberra, co-authored two books for CPA Australia, and he has spoken at CPA Australia conferences in Australia and overseas on Business, Disaster Management and Recovery. Gerard lectures part-time at James Cook University in the MBA Program and in 2019 he lectured in Leadership, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Digital Economy, and undergraduate courses in Project Management, Managing in the Tropics, and Managing People. Gerard is a graduate of James Cook University, Griffith University, University of Queensland, Australian Emergency Management Institute, the Royal Australian Navy College, and RMIT.

Gerard is currently a Small Business Financial Counsellor, based in Townsville, North Queensland, assisting businesses impacted by Natural Disasters and COVID-19.


September 8, 2020
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Event Category:


Townsville Business Development Centre


Unit 2, Training Room, 184-188 North Vickers Road Condon QLD 4815
184-188 North Vickers Road, Condon, QLD 4815
Condon, QLD 4815 Australia