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Mastering applications for sustainability fundings: A guide for sustainable software companies

Software companies are increasingly being held accountable for developing environmentally and socially responsible solutions and minimizing the negative impacts of their software products and services. At the same time, they must be economically viable in order to exist at all. However, software companies should not forget that sustainable practices lead to cost savings, higher customer satisfaction, and competitive advantage. At the end of the day, it’s a win-win situation. This is reinforced by the fact that more and more public fundings in the area of sustainability are made available to sustainable software companies.

By the way, click here to see our table of funding for software companies!

A screenshot of the funding map (one of the tools of SUSO - Susainable Software).

Fundings in the area of sustainability offer software companies numerous advantages

Companies should write a funding application to secure financial resources to support their business goals and objectives. But this is only one reason:

Funding: First, software companies can receive financial support. This can help reduce the financial burden on the software company. Moreover, fundings allow it to undertake larger or riskier projects that would not otherwise be possible.

Innovation: Fundings are a way to help software companies incorporate new technologies or innovative approaches into their products and services. This can help companies become more competitive and strengthen their position in the marketplace.

Network: By applying for funding, software companies can become part of a larger network of research institutions, other companies, and public institutions. This can help them find new partners, make valuable contacts, and gain access to new technologies and resources.

Reputation: If a software company receives funding, this can help it to be perceived by the public as innovative. Moreover, future-oriented, and trustworthy. This can help the company win customers and business partners more easily.

Requirements for a successful application for software sustainability for software

A successful funding application requires careful preparation and planning. The following are some basic requirements that are important for a successful funding application:

Selection of appropriate funding programs: It is important that the software company identifies appropriate funding programs for its projects. The funding programs should focus on funding software development projects. Research can help in this regard to identify suitable funding programs.

Identification of funding criteria: Once suitable funding programs have been selected, the funding criteria must be identified. It is important that the software company understands what requirements must be met in order to be considered for funding. For example, this may include topic-specific requirements, project requirements, documentation to be submitted, the scope of the funded projects, and the amount of funding.

Application Process Requirements: Requirements for the application process can vary greatly depending on the grant program. It is important that the software company fully understands the requirements and scope of the application process. By doing so,it ensures that all required documentation is submitted and that the application is complete and accurate. This includes meeting deadlines, submitting financial plans, project plans, and project manager resumes.

Implementation and control: Once the funding has been approved, it is important that the software company implements the funded project within the specified funding criteria and documents its progress. The company should adhere to the specifications in the application process and use the funding properly.

Tips for applying for a sustainability grant for software companies

Creating a compelling project plan: A compelling project plan is an important component of a successful grant application. It is important that the project plan is realistic and concise and clearly states the project’s goals and milestones. The plan should also clearly state the expected outcomes of the project and the benefits to society or the industry.

Careful selection of project partners: Project partners should be carefully selected. Hence, to ensure that all necessary competencies are covered and that the project can be successfully implemented. It is important that partners understand the objectives and scope of the project and are able to contribute. The experience of the project partners should also be considered.

Involvement of experts and stakeholders: Involving experts and stakeholders can help ensure that the project is successfully implemented and that the grant application is viewed favorably. For example, experts can assist in the development of the project plan, project implementation, or evaluation of project results. It is important that experts have a clear role in the project. Their experience and competencies should be brought to bear in a meaningful way.

Consider sustainability issues: Sustainability aspects should also be considered in the planning and implementation of the project. This can includ, the development of environmentally friendly software solutions, the use of renewable energies, or the creation of sustainable working conditions. Taking sustainability aspects into account can help to ensure that the project is positively evaluated. And has a long-term positive impact.

Common mistakes software companies make when applying for sustainability funding and how to avoid them

Inadequate project description: An inadequate project description may result in the funding application being rejected. Because the objectives and scope of the project are not clearly presented. It is important that the project plan is detailed, and accurate, and includes all necessary information about the project.

–> Tip: Make sure the project description is detailed enough and clearly describes the goals of the project, the methods to achieve those goals, and the expected outcomes of the project.

Lack of planning: Lack of planning can result in the funding application being rejected. Or the project not being successfully implemented. It is important that all aspects of the project are carefully planned, including timing, resource planning, and budgeting.

–> Tip: Take adequate time to plan the project and consider all aspects of the project, including timing, resource planning, and budgeting.

Unclear funding concepts: Unclear funding concepts can cause the grant application to be denied. Because the funding for the project is not adequately presented. It is important to clearly describe how the project will be funded and include all costs associated with the project.

–> Tip: Ensure that the funding concept is clear and detailed and that all costs associated with the project are accounted for.

Incomplete application materials: incomplete application materials may result in the funding request being denied. Because the required information is not fully presented. It is important to ensure that all required documents, such as the project plan, funding concept, and CVs of project stakeholders, are complete.

–> Tip: Make sure that all required documents are complete and review them carefully to ensure that no important information is missing.

Use our tools for sustainable software

Our three tools can help software companies and practitioners to gain the knowledge, the skills, and the funding they need to create sustainable software products and services that meet social, environmental, and economic needs. By taking advantage of these tools, your team can position your organization as a leader in sustainable software development, and help create a better future for all.

Funding applications: also a question of writing style

A grant proposal is an important step in obtaining financial support for your sustainable software project. But how do you write a good grant proposal? One important component of this is writing style.

First, make sure your proposal is clear and concise. Avoid using unnecessary words or complicated technical terms that could interfere with the flow of reading. Instead, you should aim for simple and understandable language that makes your ideas and intentions clear.

Another important consideration when writing your funding proposal is to have a clear structure. Your proposal should be divided into sections that help readers better understand your reasoning and ideas. Use headings and subheadings to organize the different sections and topics. A clearly structured proposal will not only be easier to understand, but will also leave a more professional impression.

Another important thing is to communicate your message clearly. You should focus on the most important aspects of your project and explain them in concise sentences. If you try to pack too much information into your proposal, it can quickly become overwhelming and unreadable.

It is also important to highlight the purpose and goals of your sustainable software project. Lay out how your project can help promote sustainability in software development and what impact it could have on society and the environment. However, avoid exaggerated claims and make sure that your argument is supported by valid data and facts.

Last but not least, make sure your proposal looks professional and formal. Use a simple font, appropriate font size, and clear formatting to ensure that your proposal looks professional and is easy to read.

Extra tip at the end

By the way, there may very well be organizations in your region or their industry that will assist them in your funding application process. They can be considered as stakeholders in the grant application or receive a commission if the application is approved.