Grants have become an indispensable funding source for journalism. However, applying for a grant is a rocky road, and it requires thinking and writing in a manner that is, forgivably, alien to many journalists and news organisations. This talk will highlight nine common mistakes made in journalism grant applications across the board - from small-time stipends to the real whoppers. By avoiding those mistakes, applicants will make it more easily on the shortlist - or realise why they better not submit in the first place.