August 11, 2015
Does this sound like a silly question? It shouldn’t. Having a grant application process that works for your team members is almost as important as having the fund itself. What constitutes accessible to those who created the process may not actually turn out to be accessible for the team members the application is intended for.
There are a few indicators that your application process may need some revising.
How easy is it for team members to apply anonymously? If the only way to apply is with a paper application from someone in human resources, this may discourage individuals who do not want their colleagues to know about their application. Similarly, if the only way to access an application is through an online portal, some team members may not apply. They may be uncomfortable using the internet, experiencing domestic issues and do not want their spouse to be aware of the application, or may not have internet access at home.
By providing team members with a variety of ways to access applications, the likelihood of those in need finding a method that works for them increases. In addition, providing support in ensuring that all sections are completed accurately can increase the chances of deserving team members being approved. This may be offered in the form of a pamphlet, online, or phone support. Accessibility is a serious barrier for many team members to access grants, if confidentiality, ease of access, and anonymity issues are not considered.