How to obtain maximum points on a grant application

Mary Wagner, PE | with 0 Comments

How to obtain maximum points on a grant application

Is your community planning to complete an outdoor recreation project, water-based activity project, or a project that benefits tourism? If so, consider applying for the WDNR Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program due May 1, 2016. It’s not too late to get your Stewardship application started!
Since its inception in 1990, the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program has helped to preserve wildlife habitat, protect water quality and expand outdoor recreation throughout the state of Wisconsin. Through this program, which is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, eligible communities receive up to a 50% matching grant to fund their recreation-based projects.
As with any grant application, the higher a project scores, the higher the application is ranked.  Here are some suggestions that will make your funding application more competitive:
  1. Demonstrate cooperation between governmental entities. Funding priority is given to projects that demonstrate intergovernmental cooperation by at least two bodies of local government (municipalities, counties, regional plan commissions, etc.).
  2. Highlight donations that your community (public-private partnerships) are making to contribute to the project. When private entities such as clubs, local businesses and individuals contribute funds to a joint project, the project will score higher.
  3. Consider developing a river corridor plan that outlines the benefits of and implementation schedules for upcoming water-related projects. Highlighting the proposed project in a river corridor plan can gain your application a higher score.
  4. Showcase the massive impact your project will have on your community and the surrounding areas by joining forces with other municipalities, your county, or even more than one county. Your efforts will be rewarded with a higher application score.
The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program is a highly competitive grant program with many communities vying for limited funding. Applications are due on May 1st of each year and each applicant must have a Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan to be eligible.
MSA has helped numerous clients prepare and submit grant applications for the acquisition, development, and revitalization of recreational amenities, including parks, waterfront developments, multi-use paths, boat launches and other park facilities. Contact MSA’s Jeff Thelen, Funding Specialist or Mary Wagner, PE for more information.

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