The Case of the Missing Grant Proposal

You asked, and we answered! SPRA’s Resource Centre responds to some frequently asked questions from our members. 

Here's a good question:

"I am writing a grant proposal to develop trails in my community, what information can help strengthen my ask?”

Grant writing is a lot like a being a detective, you’re going to need some solid evidence to make your case. And while we won’t write the application for you, our Resource Centre staff can help point you in the right direction.

Start in our own backyard- Finding Saskatchewan-based information can make a more relatable connection with the funder. For example, recent research by SPRA, SaskSport and SaskCulture looks at the changing provincial demographics and can help demonstrate your project’s need.

In this case, Living in Saskatchewan Communities: A Quality of Life Study is also relevant as there is evidence to support the popularity and usage of trails in the province.

Expand your search –Is the thought of research daunting? Tools like the National Benefits Hub make it easy. This specialized and searchable collection of research focuses specifically on topics such as recreation, parks, fitness and sport.

Find organizations with a similar interest or mandate – Are there national, provincial or local organizations that have an interest in trails or active transportation? Canadian Parks Council, Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Institute and Saskatchewan Trails Association are just a few examples of organizations that could offer valuable information that aligns with the objectives of your proposal.

SPRA can help you put your best foot forward with your next grant proposal or presentation to council. Contact us today to find out more about our advocacy resources or research services.