"You're 3 Steps Away From The $300,000 RGPG Grant"
Expression of Interest Closing December 13th ... Hurry!
Dear Rural GP,
If you're considering applying for the Rural General Practice Grants (RGPG), then this information is specifically for you. This page is designed to educate you about the RGPG program so you can make an informed decision.
You see, the last few years have been really tough for the rural health industry, with the sector experiencing a number of challenges including:
- Rapidly aging population with a high incidence of chronic disease.
- Workforce close to retirement with difficulty in finding suitable replacements
- Health cutbacks, Medicare rebate freeze and the proposed $5 /$7 co-payment
- Professional isolation and stress coping with overwhelming patient demands
On top of everything, your practice needs to deal with government bureaucracy:
- Permits and licenses (e.g. Professional Registration and Indemnity, WorkCover, WorkSafe, etc.)
- Tax (GST, BAS, PAYG, etc.)
- HR (super, annual leave, long service leave, maternity, etc.)
Is it any wonder why so many GPs are throwing in the towel and retiring early?
Some manage to profitably sell their practice to spend time with their family. Others struggle to find a buyer and simply close their doors and walk away – putting pressure on other practices in the area. Hardly a week goes by before another story of a rural practice who “just had enough” hits the media.
Staff members lose jobs; patients lose hope; the local community suffers – it gets very ugly.
Every Grey Cloud Has a Silver Lining
Over the last 5 years there have been 500+ articles and research papers highlighting the disadvantages faced by rural areas when compared with their metro areas. Yet, despite the overwhelming evidence base and the ongoing 'lip service' given to this issue (especially by politicians around election time), nothing much has changed over the years. Rural areas today still continue to be disadvantaged and experience poor health outcomes.
Fortunately the Australian government has finally recognised the burden faced by rural health professionals created RGPG to provide up to $300,000 for practices located in rural and remote area to expand and acquire additional equipment.
Don't be Fooled by a 'Free' Lunch
Getting a grant from the RGPG program will certainly help your practice as it is the only grant program available which covers the cost of an extension. However, having dealt with DOH in the past, you’re probably reluctant to invest time and energy to complete the grant application – and for good reasons.
After all, the vast majority of grant applications are unsuccessful. Submitting a RGPG grant application that is rejected does not only lower morale but also wastes valuable resources... with nothing to show for it but a letter of rejection (even if it's politely worded... giving you hope but not funding).
This is particularly true when you're asking for the full $300,000+ ...as it gets extremely competitive.
In fact, did you know that in NRRHIP Round 4 (a similar infrastructure program to RGPG)…
86% of NRRHIP Applicants were Unsuccessful!
That's right... almost 9 out of 10 people who applied, were rejected.
It's your choice... to be:
- Part of this statistic ... or
- In the top 10% of applicants that 'get the money'
We’ve been working with GPs and other health professionals for 7+ years and have realised that while they’re good at operational aspects, they don’t know what to do when it comes to applying for government grants.
Most of them:
- Are too stressed to think and have no idea what is expected of them
- Leave grant applications to the last minute… (often until it’s too late)
- Provide vague, brief and cryptic answers which often don’t address the selection criteria
- Have no concept of project management and what a 'proper budget' and 'risk management plan' should look like
Can you relate to any (or all) of the above? If you've said Yes, then we can help you.
RGPG has only 1 Round ... then the Funding is Gone!
In other words, this is your only chance to apply for this funding before it disappears forever.
That's why BEFORE you even consider starting an application, answer the following 3 questions:
- When was the last time you successfully applied for a competitive government grant?
- Do you have time to read through 100+ pages of guidelines and supporting material?
- Do you even know where to start?
Introducing the RGPG Grant 'Solution'...
We can help by:
- Doing most of the work
- Taking most of the risk
We've came up with a 'done-for- you' VIP Service which is tailored to rural medical practices and includes:
- A diagnostic consultation to fully understand your project
- A comprehensive 10 page pre-application guide
- Project strategy development to maximise your chances of success
- Writing and completing the application on your behalf
- Inclusion of 10+ relevant references / statistics to support and strengthen your argument
- Comprehensive 10+ page demography analysis identifying local service needs
- Actuarial analysis and mathematical calculations to justify the benefits of your project
- Coaching and mentoring throughout the process
- Letter of Support Template (along with 10 sources to approach)
- Independent quality assurance
- A Comprehensive Checklist prior to application submission
Our unique grant submission methodology will maximise your chance of being successful while minimising your involvement (as you probably have better things to do than to ‘stuff around’ with grant paperwork).
Previously we completed a large number of GP grants (PCIG) and received positive feedback from our clients (who rated us on average 9 out of 10). Many clients also expressed their ‘surprise’ at the amount of work involved– something they only realised once we delivered them the final application (which exceeded their expectations).
However, the most important part (and as a GP this is what you should focus on) is that almost all of these 20+ clients were successful in obtaining between $300,000-$500,000. That’s right, we had over 20 GP Practices who were successful in getting grants because they’ve used our service!
If this sounds 'too good to be true' then please read their actual testimonials (located further down this page). You're also welcome to give them a call and speak to them directly as all contact details are on their letterhead.
While it has been a few years since they've used our service, they are still benefiting from the upgraded buildings the grant funded. As we've worked with so many GP Clinics across Australia, I'm confident that even within your GP network, you will find at least 1 practice that used our service to successfully obtained $300,000 - $500,000.
Compensated for Results rather than just Effort
Best of all, Grant Solutions is primarily compensated on results (rather than effort). A major component of our compensation is only charged if the grant application is approved.
Our consultants understand the health industry, have interrogated the health policy papers and know what the government is looking for. We have also been featured in the Public Accountant Magazine (August issue) with a 3 page article (see RGPG report down the page) covering the common mistakes made by grant applicants – and how to avoid them.
We therefore expect that our clients will be successful (providing they are eligible and have genuine merit) while identical projects of non-clients will be deemed unsuccessful. The key point of difference will be our ability to communicate the value of these projects in a way that gets them ‘across the line’.
Grant Solutions has successfully obtained grants between $150K and $7M for our GP clients.
In the 4th NRRHIP round, Grant Solutions submitted 4 client application and 'got the money' for all of them. Sure, it wasn't easy (our consultants spent 50+ hours per application) but each client got the result they were looking for.
In fact, 2 of our clients unsuccessfully applied themselves for previous NRRHIP rounds... and didn't want to (nor could they afford to) be rejected again.
This time, they used our services… and were successful.
Why did the other NRRHIP applications fail?
The majority of unsuccessful submissions did have significant merit… but they were unable to successfully communicate that merit through the application form. Even if they did a good job… there was still too much competition (302 applicants for 42 funded projects in Round 4).
So ask yourself… is it worthwhile to invest 50+ hours into the grant application process, knowing that your chances of success is around 10%?
Or wouldn't you rather invest that time into your business… and let Grant Solutions handle the RGPG application (so your chances of ‘getting the money’ improve dramatically)?
There is however a Catch… and it’s important
We won’t be able to handle the anticipated number of clients needing our services. We’ll try to help as many as possible, but once we’ve reached capacity… ‘all bets are off’.
There will be a waiting list but regrettably many will miss out. We want to help everyone… but will be forced to say ‘no’ to prevent our team from being overloaded and overwhelmed (especially as the submission deadline approaches).
On previous occasions health professionals have:
- Tried to reach us outside of office hours (including Saturday and Sunday)
- Offered compensation far above our standard fees
- Claimed we accepted them as clients (when we only said ‘maybe’)
In each case these requests were regrettably but firmly declined (as we’ve already had a long waiting list).
Realistically you probably have only a few days to decide (December 2nd at the latest) before that decision is made for you. We’re happy to answer questions, provided that you’ve carefully read all the information available on this page. Please keep in mind that we’ll be working at capacity and our priority will be to assist existing clients with their projects (rather than focusing on acquiring new clients).
Sounds FAIR doesn't it? We think so and so did our satisfied clients.
Interested? These are the Next Steps...
For additional information please review our 13 page Grant Solutions $300K RGPG Report
To Your RGPG Success,
Ross Turetsky MBA, BCom, BInfosys
Managing Director, Grant Solutions