By Ben Cusack

How to write a grant application

I have over 15 years of experience in writing winning grant applications and in doing so won over $100M in government funding for clients.

I have shared some of the tactics I use to win large amounts of money for my clients

How to Write a Grant Application

Government grants are very competitive,
with the chance of success at around 5% - 30%
So it helps to stand out from the rest.

Quick Example

How can the grant help you?

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How to Write a Grant Application

Quick Example

Here is a quick example of a successful grant project summary (not written by me).

There are 20 million showers taken each day in Australia alone.

If every shower had our technology fitted we would save in excess of 200 ML of fresh drinking water per day.

This saving also eliminates the need to treat the same volume as grey water and is additional to any savings made by flow restricting showerheads.

(57 words)

Do you have any idea what the product does?

What does it look like?

What are the benefits to the individual?

I don’t……It was good enough to get a grant, but this is how I would convey it better.

  • Our technology diverts cold water at the start of a shower to a storage tank.
  • It saves 20L of water per shower.
  • Each unit costs $100, is easily fitted, and would save households $50 per year 

(36 words)

Is it better?


I like to think it tells the reader more about what the product is and what it does. 


And for the keen-eyed mathematicians, I did it in 37% fewer words

I have helped clients secure over $100M in grants

Here are some recent successes

Soft Iron
Bulletoint helped SoftIron secure a grant of $1.5M to open its first manufacturing facility in Australia. The facility will build “clean” computer servers for the Australian Defence Force to be sure there is no unknown code in their data centres. The project will further bolster Australia’s data infrastructure resilience by locally manufacturing our world-leading data centre solutions.
Harry's Ice Cream Co
Bulletpoint helped Harry & Larry’s secure a grant of $1.2M. Based in Brunswick, Harry & Larry’s manufacture a range of specialty ice creams. The grant will see 30 new jobs created and investment in a factory expansion with custom engineered production lines, including the latest freezing technology, to make a range of gourmet ice creams and desserts in complex shapes and layers.
Bulletpoint helped Ovira to secure a grant of $400,000 to launch their new medtech device in the USA. Ovira was founded by Alice Williams, a 27-year old endometriosis sufferer who was inspired to create the new device after years of searching for a pain-management options. When she couldn’t find a solution that was drug-free or didn’t involve invasive procedures, she developed her own product
Bulletpoint helped Green Bear secure a grant of $500,000. Based in Tottenham, Victoria, Greenbear is a processor of waste and recycled materials. They received funding to build a fully-automated waste sorting line for residential Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste more feasibly and efficiently than current disposal methods.
Bulletpoint helped Cottage Cheese Farm secure a grant of $765,000. Based in Glenroy, Victoria, Cottage Cheese Farm is a specialty cheese manufacturer making mainly Haloumi, Ricotta and Mozzarella cheeses. They received funding to assist with construction of a $6M purpose built cheese and yoghurt manufacturing facility. The project will allow them to expand current operations and introduction of new product lines.
Bulletpoint helped the Greater Shepparton City Council secure a grant of $7.2 M. The project will include construction of five new football fields, a new synthetic hockey pitch and athletics track, and eight new netball courts, together with upgrades to existing multipurpose fields. New lighting, pavilions and improved spectator amenities feature in most elements of the project.

I love government grants! No one knows more about them than me.

Despite the Government’s efforts to cut red tape, grants still take a long time to write and prepare.
They can also be pretty complex.

There is also a big difference between submitting ‘an application’ and submitting a ‘winning application’. I am to simplify the grant application process so that you can concentrate on running your business.

Why does the government commercialisation?

The objectives of the the commercialisation program are to:

  • Boost Competitiveness and improve productivity across the Australian economy
  • Provide businesses with more predictable, less complex support
  • Improve the ability for smaller firms to engage in research and development incentive.

Ben Cusack

Founder of Bulletpoint

I started Bulletpoint because I enjoy working with start ups and watching them grow.

I love seeing all the new technology and innovations that people are bringing to market.

My skill is translating what you do into something that the Government wants to invest in.

Some of my best start up clients don’t need me anymore.

They have leveraged grants to grow in the early stages and are now making serious money.

How good would that be!

How do I help businesses?

I tell you plain and simply what grants are available to you at no cost. Most of the time I tell potential clients not to bother applying for grants. But some clients, I wait for the right moment!

No Bullshitting!

If I recommend a grant to you, I also tell you all the reasons why you would and wouldn’t get it. So you can make an informed decision.

Need help getting it?

If you need help with the writing of the grant then I can make the process much easier and increase your chances of getting funded.

About Me

I started Bulletpoint as I love working with small businesses and helping them grow. I noticed how Government Grants can transform good businesses into great businesses.

Ben Cusack - Founder

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