Our method (or way of working)
For the preparation and supervision of a grant application, we have developed a method that is simple and transparent for all organisations involved. This is a step-by-step approach that offers clients the opportunity to adjust their course meanwhile, for example if the desired partnership does not come about or if a project idea turns out to have limited chances to succeed.
Idea and development phase:
Together with the client we establish a project idea that matches the objectives and priorities of the relevant program. This project idea is discussed with the subsidy office of that program, after which a choice can be made for further development of the application (or not).
Partner search phase:
If a project idea seems promising, (in the case of an EU grant) the client needs to find (inter)national partners. Due to the extensive network that we have built up in recent years, we are often quickly able to find partners in different countries. If they show interest, we will plan a partner meeting to assess if we have a strong partnership. The client then decides on continuation.
(Pre-) Application phase:
The project idea is translated into a grant application. We prepare a complete request on behalf of the client(s) or project partners. We collect all necessary information, structure the project, make proposals for joint activities, management and communication and we make a complete, integrated budget. All this takes place in close collaboration with all partners. Some programs work with an application procedure in 2 phases: a preliminary application and a complete application. The preliminary application has the advantage of being quick. It mostly consists of the project idea, the context, the goals, intended results and the partnership. If the preliminary application has been approved, the complete application will almost always be approved as well.
Once the project has been approved and the grant has been awarded, we are able to take care of the project management on behalf of the partners. As project managers, we supervise meetings, advise on communication activities, and write practical and financial interim reports and change proposals.
Of course, we can be of service to you in all phases, but that is not always necessary. This is partly dependent on the type of fund that is being applied for and the clients’ wish to, for example, execute parts of the project themselves (e.g. communication).